The project entitled “Coordinating the V4 Strategy towards NATO Strategic Concept and European Strategic Autonomy” is aimed at supporting the coordination of the V4 group stance regarding the new NATO Strategic Concept recommended by the “NATO 2030” report and by the NATO Secretary General. It also aims to address the V4 strategy concerning the idea of the EU Strategic Autonomy proposed by some European leaders as a core concept of the EU Strategic Compass. The initiative is being undertaken by four partner organizations: The Casimir Pulaski Foundation (Poland), the Antall József Knowledge Centre (Hungary), the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy (Czech Republic), and the Slovak Security Policy Institute (Slovakia). The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.
The V4 countries and wider CEE region have repeatedly proven in the past that they can defend their common core interests in the international stage by acting together. The goal of the project is to support the coordination of the V4 group stance vis-à-vis two crucial processes currently taking place – the work on a new NATO Strategic Concept and discussion on the EU strategic autonomy. The project aims to help the V4 countries:
1) Define a common vision of the strategic dimension of NATO and EU with regards to the V4 countries;
2) Determine the most crucial security threats and challenges to the V4 countries and promote understanding of them to partners in the NATO, EU, and outside the V4 group;
3) Shape the V4 countries’ vision of what their common interests are, applied to the future of NATO and the EU and the security and defense relationships between them;
4) Inform external policy makers and the general public of the V4 developments in these areas, and the common position on the future of NATO and EU Strategic Autonomy.
The project encompasses three core elements:
a) a series of four webinars organized by the partners of the project;
b) an online panel discussion at the Warsaw Security Forum 2021;
c) a concluding report written by high-level experts from V4 countries on the future of NATO and the EU Strategic Autonomy.