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Seminar ‘Enabling NATO-EU Strategic Partnership in Turbulent Times’

Tuesday 11 April, 12.30
Europe House
Korte Vijverberg 5/6, The Hague

On behalf of the Visegrad group, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland presents a security policy seminar organised in collaboration with the Embassy of Hungary, the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Embassy of the Slovak Republic.

Speakers include Prof. Rob de Wijk, of the The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, Mr. Jacek Durkalec of the Polish Institute of International Affairs and Mr. Márton Ugrósdy of the Hungarian Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade. The seminar will be moderated by Mr. Dušan Fischer of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association

12:30 Coffee and tea reception
13:00-15:00 Seminar (speeches followed by a discussion and a Q&As session)

Facing unprecedented challenges emanating from both the South and the East, a joint declaration on NATO-EU strategic partnership was signed at the NATO summit in Warsaw in July 2016. Its ambition was to give new impetus and new substance to mutual relations as well as enhance practical cooperation in such areas as countering hybrid threats, enhancing resilience, defence capacity building, cyber defence, maritime security, and exercises.

With the Brexit approaching and the new US administration in place, fundamental issues are being raised regarding the role of NATO for European security, the future of transatlantic link, burden sharing between American and European allies, and last but not least further development of European defence.

During the seminar, which will take place almost one year after the adoption of the declaration, the following questions will be raised:

1) Was the Warsaw summit declaration an adequate and sufficient response to the dynamically changing political and security landscape?

2) What more could be done in this regard e.g. at the special NATO meeting of the Heads of State and/or Government in May 2017?

3) Challenge or opportunity: what impact would Brexit have on the NATO-EU cooperation?

4) How would the decisions of the Trump administration and appeals for strengthening European defence affect relations between the two organizations?

To register, please send an e-mail to: aleksandra.kopania@msz.gov.pl by Friday 7 April


Source: Embassy of the Republic of Poland in the Hague, Embassy of Hungary in the Hague


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