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Days of Charkov in Košice

Slovakia – Ukrainian Forum 🇸🇰🇺🇦


Košice, March 13. – 14. 2024

There is perhaps no more important and complex topic today than the issues related to the developments in our neighbourhood. Although the war has cruelly marred any subtext of the discussion on cooperation, the hope of a European perspective is opening up possibilities that few would have considered even 3 years ago.

 Cooperation between municipalities on the renewal and transformation of the energy sector, as well as on technological innovation with a focus on aviation and space, are perhaps unusual but all the more interesting topics that we are addressing.

The Slovak-Ukrainian Forum is co-organised by ICE as part of a broader project with the Centre for Social and Psychological Sciences of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, v. v. i., and the Department of International Cooperation of the Kharkiv City Administration.

We are pleased that diplomats, politicians, government, university and business representatives from both countries accepted the invitation, as well as EC Executive Vice-President M. Šefčovič (online) and EU Ambassador to Ukraine K. Mathernova.

We believe that such discussions are conducive not only to better understanding, but also to identifying the potential for cooperation, which, despite the war, is extremely high and, if harnessed, will provide a strong development impulse for both Slovakia and Ukraine.

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Climate Security in Central Europe: Challenges and Opportunities – Summary of a Public Workshop

On November 25, 2022, the Institute for central Europe (ICE) held an online workshop entitled “Climate Security in Central Europe: Challenges and Opportunities.” This was one of three parts of a broader project on climate security that ICE has been implementing in the fall of 2022. The project (ACCESS – Addressing the Challenges of Climate, […]

A Time for Action and Alignment: Climate Security in Slovakia

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A national obligation: Modern air and missile defence for Slovakia

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They said about us

“Nowadays no country in Europe can pretend to be able to solve problems on its own. Every important topic in Slovakia also has its European context. I believe that the activities of ICE will be a good contribution to the understanding and unity of Europe. I have known Martin for many years and I know how important it is for Europe to be strong in terms of security and for Slovakia to be a stable and reliable part of it.”




Miroslav Lajčák – EU Special Representative for the Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue, former Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic

“With each European summit looking like a Shakespearian tragedy these days, bridging the gap between Western, Central and Eastern Europe has become a matter of survival for the European Union. In such a dire context, the birth of ICE is more welcome than ever. The Institute brings exactly what the intellectual and political debates in Europe desperately need at the moment: tools and materials to foster a better understanding across the continent.”

François Gemenne – Directeur de l’Observatoire Hugo à l’université de Liège et enseignant à Sciences Po / Director of the Hugo Observatory at the University of Liège and teacher at Sciences Po