On 23 June, OSW hosted the seminar ‘Russia and Europe: challenges and opportunities of co-operation in the new reality’. The event was co-organised by Yegor Gaidar Foundation from Russia.

OSW in cooperation with the Polish Embassy in Skopje and the Macedonian think-tank Analytica organized a conference on the Visegrad Group and its interaction with the Western Balkan countries. The Polish Ambassador to Macedonia Jacek Multanowski opened the seminar, which took place on 18 May in the Polish Information Center in Skopje.

The Centre for Eastern Studies organized a discussion panel devoted to Visegrad cooperation at the European Economic Congress in Katowice on 10th May.

The Center for Eastern Studies, in cooperation with the partner institutes of the Think Visegrad consortium, organized a meeting of experts and journalists dedicated to the Visegrad cooperation. The Central European Expert Forum, held on April 21 in Zakopane, was a professional event accompanying the Polish Presidency of the Visegrad Group.

OSW Deputy Director Mateusz Gniazdowski and head of the OSW Central European Department Jakub Groszkowski took part in the presentation of the book 'Contemporary Polish-Slovak relations', issued by the Polish Embassy in Bratislava and the Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (SFPA) in cooperation with the OSW.

On 26 January OSW organised an expert seminar focused on promoting and supporting the process of EU enlargement in the Western Balkans.

Since 2014 the Think Visegrad consortium (of which OSW is a member) has been organising study visits in Visegrad Group countries for Ukrainian civil servants. From 20th-26th November we hosted nine representatives of Ukrainian local government in Poland, from the Volyn, Lviv and Zakarpattia oblasts.

On September 11 the final seminar presenting the results of the project was held. The project was financed by the International Visegrad Fund, and executed by the consortium of research institutes form Czechia, Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine. The project was coordinated by Geomigrace from Charles University in Prague.

“The EU and Eastern Partnership Countries: An Inside-Out Analysis and Strategic Assessment” conference was held on June 8-10 in Berlin. The event – which took place with participation of OSW experts – marked the official inauguration of the international, three-year (lasting from May 2016 until April 2019) research project - EU-STRAT.