Think Visegrad—V4 Think Tank Platform is a network for structured dialogue on issues of strategic regional importance. The network analyzes key issues for the Visegrad Group (V4), and provides recommendations to the governments of V4 countries, the annual presidencies of the Group, and the International Visegrad Fund. Think Visegrad covers the thematic priorities of V4, including 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.
Formation of the network of V4 think-tanks was one of the priorities of the Czech Presidency in the Visegrad Group of 2011–2012. This idea reflected the long-term interest and willingness of Central European think-tanks to enhance their cooperation within the Visegrad Group and to deepen its cohesion. Think Visegrad was established in 2012 by eight V4 research centers and institutes, and is funded by the International Visegrad Fund.
Members (Core Network)
The founding members of the V4 Think Tank platform are the following institutes (in alphabetical order):
- Central European Policy Institute (Slovakia)
- Centre for Eastern Studies (Poland)
- EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy (Czech Republic)
- Institute of International Relations (Czech Republic)
- Center for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy (CEID) (Hungary)
The core network of think-tanks includes these founding institutions with their coordinating abilities. The V4 think-tank platform, however, remains open to cooperation with other think-tanks from all V4 countries.
Think Visegrad aims to prepare 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.
Every year, each of the core network organizations hosts a non-V4 fellow who will have the opportunity to take part in the institute’s activities. Each visiting fellow will also be expected to develop a policy paper and give a public talk.
Call for Fellowship 2017
Civil Servants Mobility Programme
The main objective of the Civil Servants Mobility Program (CSMP) is the education of civil servants from Eastern Partnership and Western Balkan countries through organizing study visits in the V4 countries. The study visits are focused on the past experience of Visegrad countries in the implementation of the sectoral reforms and harmonisation of the national legislation with the EU legislation with a specific focus on the topic of the visit.
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