Visegrad Group peer partners

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1. Centre for Eastern Studies

The Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW) is an independent public research institution monitoring the events and analysing the socio-political and economic processes taking place in Russia, Germany, Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltic states, the Visegrad Group states, the Balkan states and Turkey. The Centre also carries out regional research projects focused on security, integration of energy markets, migration and integration processes in Germany, Central Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Nordic-Baltic and the Black Sea regions.

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2. Center for European Neighborhood Studies

The Center for European Neighborhood Studies (CENS) is an independent research center of the Central European University (CEU) located in Budapest, Hungary. Its main goal is to contribute to an informed international dialogue about the future of the European Union in the world, while capitalizing on its Central European perspective and regional embeddedness. The strategic focus of the center is academic and policy-oriented research on the place and role of the European Union in its rapidly changing and increasingly volatile neighborhood. Through its research, CENS seeks to contribute to the understanding of the environment where the EU, its member states and partners need to (co)operate, and it aims at supporting the constructive development of these relations by providing opportunities for discussion and exchange. The center’s geographic focus areas are Central and Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans and Turkey, Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Russia.

The Center for European Neighborhood Studies was founded in 2005 by Professor Péter Balázs, former European Commissioner, as an institution of advanced research into the EU enlargement process. Since its foundation, the center has been engaged in the study of what makes EU enlargement work by exploring the results, lessons and consequences of previous EU enlargements, and it has sought to share this experience with current and potential candidate countries. It has contributed to the debate on the future of the European Union by analyzing the potential implications of new enlargement rounds as well as domestic, security and foreign policy developments in the neighboring regions.

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3. Europeum Institute for European Policy

EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy is a non-profit, non-partisan, and independent think-tank focussing on European integration and cohesion. EUROPEUM contributes to democracy, security, stability, freedom, and solidarity across Europe as well as to active engagement of the Czech Republic in the European Union. EUROPEUM undertakes original research, organizes public events and educational activities, and formulates new ideas and recommendations to improve European and Czech policy making.

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4. Slovak Foreign Policy Associaton

The Slovak Foreign Policy Association (SFPA) is the oldest Slovak foreign policy think-tank based in Bratislava, and the main coordinator of the Think Visegrad, which is a network of think-tanks from the V4. Since 1993 its mission has been to conduct high-quality, independent research, to provide innovative practical recommendations for policy- and decision-makers and to stimulate the interest of the wider Slovak public in global events and the European Union.

One of the flagship projects of the SFPA is the ‘National Convention on the EU’ which has been so far implemented in seven Western Balkan and Eastern Partnership countries and waiting to be launched in others. It serves as a discussion forum on a national level, providing recommendations on EU policies to national representatives.

Currently the SFPA, together with the Representation of the European Commission in Bratislava co-organizes the series of public debates on the EU and related issues called ‘Café Európa’. Annually, the SFPA organizes an international conference on the state of the EU and by the end of the year, its biggest event – the Central European Energy Conference (CEEC).

The SFPA also produces periodical and non-periodical publications covering various areas of foreign policy and international relations, including the ‘International Issues & Slovak Foreign Policy Affairs’ quarterly.

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