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1st Visegrad conference – Institute of World Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies

The Institute of World Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies is organizing a conference with the title ″1st Visegrad conference″. Date: June 3, 2021 and June 4, 2021. Venue: online (ZOOM).

The  Visegrad  economies  form  a  unique  group  of  European  countries,  with  numerous  common  elements  of history, politics, geography, economics, business, science, arts and culture. These common elements have been shaped, influenced and modified  by many external and  internal factors over  the history, including cooperation between  these  countries  at  many  levels  and  spanning  many  centuries.  The  latest  form  of  their  political cooperation, the Visegrad Group, which was established inVisegrad to promote progress and development in the region, turned 30 years’ old this year.

Due  to  these  numerous  common  characteristics, in  the  various  areas  of  analysis,  the  four  countries  act  as „natural” comparative partners for each other. It is easier to understand developments and challenges faced by one country in the context of Visegrad comparison. It is easier to understand, what is going on in the Central and East European part of Europe, if all four countries are analysed.

The aim of the present conference is to further strengthen these comparative approaches, through concentrating on four areas.

Preliminary programme of the conference

3 June

8.50-9.00 Opening of the conference

9.00-10.30 Session
Emerging foreign multinationals in the Visegrad countries as new sources of FDI
Moderator: Ágnes Szunomár (CERS IWE)

Kálmán Kalotay (UNCTAD)
Emerging foreign multinationals – Major trends and patterns

Ágnes Szunomár (Institute of World Economics, CERS)
Emerging market multinationals in East Central Europe

Agnieszka McCaleb (SGH Warsaw School of Economics)
Changing characteristics of Chinese multinationals in Poland

10.35-11.35 keynote lecture
Christopher Walsch (Corvinus University)
The Central Europe of the Visegrad Group. Achievements and deficiencies of an emerging actor in the European Union.

11.35-11.45 Break

11.45-13.15 Session
FDI-based development in the Visegrad countries and its challenges
Moderator: Magdolna Sass (CERS IWE)

Martin Grancay (Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava) and Tomás Dudás (Pan-European University)
Effects and limitations of the FDI-based development in Slovakia

Martin Myant (ETUI): The competitive advantages of incoming and indigenous firms, evidence from Czechia

Ryszard Rapacki (SGH Warsaw School of Economics): Comparative development trajectories of the V4 countries

Miklós Szanyi (Institute of World Economics, CERS): The historic determinants of East-Central Europe’s FDI dependence

4 June

9.00-10.30 Session
Visegrad countries in the European Union
Moderator: Andrea Éltető (CERS IWE)

Ladislav Cabada (Metropolitan University Prague): V4 in the EU: toxic group or second engine of the integration?

Karen Henderson (Institute of European Studies and International Relations, Comenius University in Bratislava): Solidarity in diversity: political aspects of V4 cooperation

Adam A. Ambroziak(Collegium of World Economy, Warsaw School of Economics): The Visegrad countries’ Extra-EU Trade After the EU Accession

Norbert Szijártó (Institute of World Economics, CERS): Visegrad countries and the Eurozone

10.30-11.30 keynote lecture
Jan Drahokoupilb(ETUI): FDI-based development in the Visegrad countries and its challenges

11.30-11.45 Break

11.45-13.15 Session
30 years of energy and climate policies in V4
Moderator: András Deák (CERS IWE)

Margarita Balmaceda, Ph.D (School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University, Boston)

Aron Buzogany (Institute of Forest, Environmental and Natural Resource Policy, Universitat für Bodenkultur, Wien)

Martin Jirusek, (Department of International Relations and European Studies, Masaryk University, Brno)

13.15-13.20 closing of the conference

Participation is free of charge but you need to register at in order to receive the Zoom link to the conference.