Think Visegrad – Think Tank Platform

The project

think visegradThink Visegrad – V4 Think Tank Platform is a net­work that fosters a struc­tured dia­logue on issues of strate­gic regional impor­tance. The net­work ana­lyses key issues for the V4 countries. It pro­vides rec­om­men­da­tions to the region’s gov­ern­ments, the annual pres­i­den­cies of the group and the International Visegrad Fund. Think Visegrad cov­ers the­matic pri­or­i­ties of V4 such as energy secu­rity, V4’s inter­nal cohe­sion, EU insti­tu­tions and pol­i­tics, the Western Balkans, rela­tions with Eastern Partnership coun­tries, devel­op­ment assis­tance, hard secu­rity, envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, Roma-related issues, migra­tion, trans­port, etc.

CEID is a core member of the project. The core net­work of think-tanks itself includes the found­ing insti­tu­tions with their coor­di­nat­ing abil­i­ties. The platform, how­ever, remains open for coop­er­a­tion with other think-tanks from all V4 coun­tries. On a regular base Think Visegrad prepares exten­sive and detailed long-term analy­ses focus­ing on the most impor­tant pri­or­i­ties of the Visegrad Group, as well as short-term analy­ses reflect­ing the most cur­rent and urgent top­ics.




The ones listed are authored or co-authored by CEID:



  • Impact of COVID-19 on the future of Europe debate


  • Assessment of the Franco-German initiative of European recovery
  • V4 response to the COVID-19 crisis – a comparative analysis




  • Stratcom capacities in V4
  • Searching for synergies: V4, TSI and other formats of regional cooperation in Central Europe


  • Road to Sibiu: Key issues from a V4 point of view
  • V4 policy towards Ukraine following the Presidential elections
  • V4 in the new EU landscape: outcomes of the EP elections
  • Ukraine after the Parliamentary elections: opportunities and pitfalls for the V4 perspective and proposed course of action
  • Analysis of Ursula von der Leyen’s foreign policy guidelines as seen from the V4 perspective
  • V4 view on Europe’s strategic autonomy




  • Debate on the future of the EU – 27 allies and opponents on foreign, defence, energy and environment policies
  • What Visegrad do we want? Finding  common grounds for the future development of the V4″


  • V4-US relations: what can we expect in the second half of President Trump’s term?
  • Russian influence in Europe and American endeavours to counter it
  • V4 and Germany
  • How to enhance the EU’s strategic approach on Central Asia




  • A vision for the V4 in a world of globalisation driven by digital revolution


  • Baltics, Nordics and Visegrad – Three regions intertwined
  • V4 towards the Eastern Partnership in a new geopolitical context
  • Debates evolving around the future of the economy policy in Russia




  • V4 think-tanks reflection of the IVF and its activities
  • The future of CSDP from a V4 perspective


  • In what ways could the V4 support Slovakia in its execution of the EU presidency in the second half of 2016? Possibility of synergy of SK´s presidency of the EU Council and the V4 agenda. (March 2016)
  • How the V4 evaluate its implementation of the Wales obligations (in the run up to the Warsaw summit). (March 2016)
  • Should the V4 countries try to counter the Russian propaganda in the Central European region and in what ways?

Czech V4 Presdiency Mid-Term Review




  • Ukraine: possible future scenarios and their consequences for V4 countries
  • Migration as a (future) challenge for V4 countries


  • V4 support of the EU policy towards Belarus: Time for Policy Correction (March 2015)
  • Ways of working on further improvement of positive image of V4 in broad public, Visegrad Insight and V4 Revue – lessons learnt (April 2015)
  • Migration – current challenge and solutions (June 2015)
  • What could be the elements of possible joint V4 proposal for the EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy? (December 2015)
  • What measures can be envisaged in order to foster cohesion among the V4 countries and buttress the mutual trust within the EU, with respect to the priorities of the Czech V4 Presidency and beyond? (December 2015)




  • Visegrad and the United States


  • Are there any possibilities of agreement between the West and Russia in the Ukrainian question after Russia’s invasion and occupation of Crimea? What compelling force may the sanctions bring to bear on Russia? What economic impact may the continuing conflict have on Central Europe? (May 2014)
  • NATO’s future in the light of the new challenges in our neighbourhood. Can a common V4 perspective emerge at the Wales Summit? (June 2014)
  • Possible activities of V4 and its member states in helping Ukraine on her way to stabilization. Specialization of V4 countries in projects supportive to Ukraine (October 2014).
  • The prospective of cooperation between the V4 and NB8 regional associations (December 2014)
  • Digital economy in V4 region as an input for the digital road map (December 2014)




  • Overall Analysis of the Results of the 20 Years of V4 Cooperation



Think Visegrad in Brussels

In the first half of 2016 the eight think-tanks from the Visegrad Group agreed on the idea proposed by the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, to create a common representation office in Brussels. The main motivation for this decision was the need to encourage a debate on issues of common interest to the EU and the V4 in order to explain the positions of the V4 to a wider range of audience. Think Visegrad in Brussels would like to project an image of constructive partners, to explain the dynamics of the debates within the regions and to highlight the active contributions to EU policy-making.

From June to December 2016 the pilot project was implemented by the Brussels office of EUROPEUM. The second round of the projects started in March 2017.

In the framework of the activities in Brussels two conferences were organized:  “The Visegrad Contribution to the EU Digital Single Market” and “Security in Europe from a Visegrad view point: strengthening fundamentals, but rethinking perspectives?”. In October 2016 a roundtable was additionally organized that brought together the four Ambassadors to the EU of the V4 and experts from the most prominet think-tanks in Brussels to discuss “Visegrad about the Future of the EU”.



Civil Servants Mobility Programme

The  Civil Servants Mobility Program (CSMP) aims to educate civil servants from Eastern Partnership and Western Balkan countries through organizing study visits in the V4 countries. The study visits focus on the past experience of Visegrad countries regarding the implementation of the sectoral reforms and harmonisation of the national legislation with the EU legislation. The programme is organized by the Think Visegrad – V4 Think Tank Platform and funded by International Visegrad Fund. The visits take place simultaneously in all V4 countries.

Since 2014 we could offer the programme to 47 experts from Ukraine, 12 experts from Georgia and 11 experts from Moldova.

In the framework of the CSMP we organized the following events:



Think Visegrad Fellowship

Think Visegrad pro­vides the possibility for vis­it­ing fel­low­ships to non-Visegrad expert fel­lows. Vis­it­ing fel­low­ships are avail­able each year. Each of the core net­work think tanks (of which CEID is a part of) is hosting one non-V4 expert fel­low. The vis­it­ing fel­lows will have the chance to take part in the host’s activ­i­ties for a period of up to eight weeks. During this period, they will be expected to develop a pol­icy paper and deliver one pub­lic pre­sen­ta­tion on a pre-agreed topic.

In 2016 we hosted Olga Zelinska, in 2014 Andrew Farkas (United States) who wrote his final report under the title “Silk Roads from China to Europe: Hungary’s Place on Eurasian Rail Land Bridges?“.








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More information about the project here.