Central European Strategy Council, as an independent non-governmental organisation based in Bratislava, Slovakia, associates three organisations – the Slovak Atlantic Commission (SAC), the Central European Policy Institute (CEPI) and the Centre for European Affairs (CEA). The three well-established organisations created a new umbrella entity in 2013, comprising more than 30 staff members who run 60 projects in 18 countries. The SAC, CEA and CEPI have been working to increase the influence of Central Europe and move the region from the European political periphery to the very core of the wider transatlantic debate.
- Structure: President, Executive Vice President, Chairman, Chief Finance Officer, Programme Directors, Project team members
- Sources of funding: Slovak and regional public institutions, international organisations, EU institutions
- Modalities of action: the backbone of the Central European Strategy Council consists of the activities of its 3 organisations: the Slovak Atlantic Commission (SAC), the Central European Policy Institute (CEPI) and the Centre for European Affairs (CEA) (see below)
- Main partners:
Regional Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Ministries of Defence, NATO, WMCES, Embassies based in Central European region, EU institutions, International Visegrad Fund and institutions supporting development projects in V4 region
The Council’s mission is to promote cooperation among Central European countries to increase their competitiveness in the international environment through seeking practical solutions and answers to current international policy, security, economic, energy, social and other geopolitical challenges through a regional Central European approach
It is a regional multiplier of its core mission, which is to strengthen the voice of Slovakia and Central Europe in European and global affairs and define and support the strategic role of Central Europe in international politics. The organisation connects key Central European personalities and experts in foreign and security policy.
1: SLOVAK ATLANTIC COMMISSION: The mission of the SAC is to support transatlantic cooperation and actively shape the security and international policy debate in Europe and beyond. It does so by the cultivation of a dialogue among policy makers, experts and analysts, governments and NGO representatives. The Commission has built three distinct pillars representing its core activities. The Strategic Forums programme is in charge of the world-class GLOBSEC foreign policy and security conference, the TRANSFER OF KNOW HOW programme reaches out the transitional nations, handing over Central Europe’s experience. It focuses on promotion of democratization processes in Moldova, Serbia, Montenegro and Tunisia and assists in their ambitions to integrate into euro-Atlantic structures. Thirdly, the YOUNG LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME underlines the SAC’s long/term commitment to young professionals by helping them to acquire knowledge, leadership skills and a network of contacts and at the same time aims at integrating them into public, private and non-governmental institutions in Central and Eastern European region later in their careers.
2. CENTER FOR EUROPEAN AFFAIRES: The Centre for European Affairs (CEA) is an independent civic association, carrying out its activities in the spirit of European cooperation, democratic principles and values. The CEA represents an opportunity to formalise and strengthen the tradition of constructive European debate from the Slovak perspective. The CEA creates a much-needed space for cultivating a critical European community that is willing to develop and shape the public, expert and political debate about the future of Europe and the position of Slovakia within this area.
3. CENTRAL EUROPEAN POLICY INSTITUTE: The Central European Policy Institute (CEPI) is a regional think-tank and a member of the Central European Strategy Council, based in Bratislava, Slovakia. Its mission is to help decision-makers and opinion-makers in Central Europe to craft common responses to current challenges, and to improve the quality of their contributions to the EU and NATO debates. It does so by engaging the region’s top experts and institutions, promoting innovative solutions, and working closely with governments to turn recommendations into policy.
The Central European Strategy Council can contribute by sharing its long term expertise in events organization and platforms creation. Network members can also become partners of our projects, as well as we will be glad to cooperate with the organisations sharing the same values and activities. The Council can share its analytical outputs and invite other Network members to events organized by Council’s associated organisations. Last but not least, the Council can offer its broad network of contacts in civil service, NGO or business circles to support the case of ALF in Central European region.
The main reason for joining the ALF network is the compatibility of its objectives with those of the Central European Strategy Council. For example the activities of SAC programme TRANSFER OF KNOW-HOW contribute to closer dialogue between Central and Eastern Europe and Arab Mediterranean region, by focusing, amongst other, on young professionals in Tunisia. At the same time, the goal of the YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME is to give emerging leaders and future decision-makers the opportunity to contribute new ideas to the debate on international security, foreign policy and economy and to assist them in becoming active citizens with an opportunity to actively and creatively participate in EU-wide democratic processes.