Visegrad Platform for Dialogue on Democracy, Human Rights and Civil Society

This project is led by four organizations from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia and aims to create a long-term Visegrad discussion platform within the annual Forum 2000 conferences based on V4 countries’ common democratic values. Focus will be on the fields of democracy, human rights, civil society development and on the role of new democracies in assisting democratic developments in other countries.

Main Goals 

  • Bring together region’s policy makers, experts, civil society practitioners and implementers.
  • Create a space for joint brainstorming, concept sharing, discussion of risks and challenges, and development of innovative democracy assistance policies.
  • Help to conduct more strategically planned, consistent and efficient policies of V4 countries.
  • Strengthen the voice of V4 countries vis-á-vis other actors in the fields of democracy assistance and on the international stage in general.
  • Promote and strengthen pro-democracy discourse and convictions in the Czech and Visegrad public space.
  • Educate interested public via free access to the panel discussions and online broadcasting.

Past Events

The Strategic Case for V4 Democracy Assistance

April 11, 2016, Popper Room of the Central European University (CEU, Nádor utca 9, 1051 Budapest)
Yevhen Hlibovytsky, Jan Hornát, Tomáš Stražay, Zsuzsanna Vegh, Péter Balázs

"Transitions to Democracy: Ukraine and Beyond" Seminar for V4 University Students

Forum 2000 Conference Student Seminar
September 13-15, 2015, Prague
Application deadline: July 31, 2015

19 Forum 2000 Conference Workshop 

Forum 2000 Conference Workshop
Part 1, September 13, 2015, 14:00-16:00
Part 2, September 15, 2015, 14:30-16:30
Hotel InterContinental

Challenges to Visegrad’s Democracy Assistance: Ukraine and Beyond

Panel Discussion of the Policy Paper
May 14, 2015
Center for EU Enlargement Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Petér Balázs, Yevhen Hlibovytsky, Jan Hornát, Tímea Huber, Jakub Klepal, Šimon Pánek, Zsuzsanna Végh

Ukraine Case Study: The V4's Past and Future Involvement in a Transitioning Country

Forum 2000 Conference Workshop 
October 14, 2014
Hotel InterContinental
Jiří Schneider, Christopher Walker, Yevhen Hlibovytsky, Petr Mareš 

The Current and Future Capacity of the V4 Countries' Support for Democracy in Third Countries: Democratic Values vs. Economic Interests

Forum 2000 Conference Workshop 
October 12, 2014
Hotel InterContinental
Jiří Schneider, Christopher Walker, Karla Wursterová, Wojciech Przybylski

Democratic Transitions and the Role of Visegrad Countries: The Way Forward

Panel Discussion of the Policy Paper
May 14, 2014
Center for EU Enlargement Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Jakub Klepal, Jan Hornát, Attila Bartha, Zsuzsanna Végh, Ferenc Jári, Danuta Glondys, Jiří Schneider
 

Overview

Summary

Policy Paper

Democratic Transitions: The Way Forward and the Role of the Visegrad Countries

Forum 2000 Conference Workshop
September 17, 2013
Hotel Maximilian, Prague
Karla Wursterová, Khadija Ismayilova, Sabina Dvořáková, Jiří Schneider

Framing the Transitions

Forum 2000 Conference Workshop
September 15, 2013
Hotel Intercontinental, Prague
Barbara Haig, Michael Žantovský, Tarek Osman, Christopher Walker


Outcomes

Challenges to Visegrad’s Democracy Assistance: Ukraine and Beyond
Policy paper by Jan Hornát, March 2015

Visegrad Platform for Dialogue on Democracy, Human Rights and Civil Society
Briefing Paper by Jan Hornát, October 2014 

Democratic Transitions and the Role of Visegrad Countries: The Way Forward
Policy Paper by Jan Hornát and Eva Lacinová, May 2014

Differences in Transitional Process between South Africa and Burma 
Conference Paper by Drenusha Myha, September 2013


Project Partners

Nadace Forum 2000
Forum 2000 Foundation
Czech Republic, www.forum2000.cz

Demokratikus Jogok Fejlesztéséért Alapítvány
Foundation for Development of Democratic Rights – DemNet
Hungary, www.demnet.hu

Stowarzyszenie Willa Decjusza
Villa Decius Association
Poland, villa.org.pl

Inštitút pre verejné otázky
Institute for Public Affairs
Slovakia, www.ivo.sk  

Supported by

International Visegrad Fund
www.visegradfund.org

Center for EU Enlargement Studies, Central European University
cens.ceu.hu

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