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EUROPE FROM A REGIONAL PERSPECTIVE? – WHAT CAN FLEXIBLE COOPERATION BRING TO EUROPE?

Time: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Location: IFAT - 1016 Budapest, Bérc utca 13-15, Hungary Map

The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade in cooperation with the State Secretariat for European Union Affairs of the Prime Minister’s Office have the pleasure to invite you the event titled STRONGER TOGETHER MAPPING THE NEW PATH FOR THE EUROPEAN UNION (Fifth session): EUROPE FROM A REGIONAL PERSPECTIVE? – WHAT CAN FLEXIBLE COOPERATION BRING TO EUROPE?

Roundtable discussion features

DR. VALENTIN KATRANDIJEV, Expert Advisor to the Director of the Diplomatic Institute to the Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs

LUCIE ORGONIKOVA, Deputy of Vice Prime Minister for Research, Science and Innovation
Office of the Government of the Czech Republic

NIELS VON REDECKER, Deputy Head of Department Central Europe, Adviser to the coordinator for German-Polish Cooperation, Federal Foreign Office of Germany

 

Moderated by DR. GERGELY ROMSICS, Associate Research Fellow
Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary

to be held on 24 May (Wednesday) at 2.30 p.m.

at the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (13-15. Bérc Street, Budapest 1016)

The event is public but registration is required.

Please register until 10 a.m. on 23 May

The discussion will be held in English.

 

EUROPE FROM A REGIONAL PERSPECTIVE? – WHAT CAN FLEXIBLE COOPERATION BRING TO EUROPE?

Yet during the Brexit process, the dynamics among the Member States would possible greatly change, besides French and German axis will be shaped depending on their domestic election as well.

In a large-Member States-dominated European Union, Visegrad 4 countries could lose more from their advocacy’s role, not to mention that United Kingdom was a significant ally for the Central-Eastern European countries in market-oriented economy and completing the Single Market.

On the other hand, another important ally for the V4 countries is traditionally Germany, whose political and economic interests partially, but decisively are bound to the CEE region. Besides Germany’s interests, the four countries of the Visegrad cooperation’s trade are directed mainly to Germany, making important partners for each other. 

In a changing structure of the European Union, regional policies could be even more highlighted, including the future of the Cohesion and Structural Policies, especially from V4’s point of view.

This roundtable discussion aims to find answers to the future of the European Union especially focusing on the regional cooperation with speakers from Germany and the V4 countries.