Ukrainian Central European Forum is a discussion platform bringing together prominent thinkers and pundits from all over the region to spot common challenges and craft common visions for a prosperous Central European future.
7-8 November 2022, Lviv
Ukrainian
Central
European
Forum
ABOUT UCEF 2022
Ukraine, in
the heart of
Central Europe
For decades, the Central European nations struggled with the inhumane system brought about by Russian imperialism in its communist guise. As Milan Kundera observed, the citizens of those states defended not only their own freedom but also fought for Europe. Years passed, and the Soviet Empire of Evil collapsed under the onslaught of freedom-loving people. But Russian imperialism, with its desire to tear down democracy, human rights, sovereignty, and identity of entire nations, is still here – under a new coat and flag, but still unchanged. Today, its onslaught is resisted by Ukraine, but Moscow threatens the whole world with nuclear and energy blackmail. The Ukrainian nation is fighting for its existence, but it is also defending Europe, the principles of democracy, and its European identity. Its struggle is possible thanks to the courage of the citizens of Ukraine and the support of good friends, in particular from Central Europe. The future of Central Europe is now being created and shaped here, in Ukraine.

Thus, the year 2022 presented not only Ukraine but also the entire Central European region with many challenges. They concern security, solidarity, a vision of the future of interstate and people-to-people relations, protection of democracy and human rights, stability of energy supply, restoration of infrastructure, and search for resources to ensure sustainable development. The Ukrainian Central European Forum 2022, which will gather government officials, politicians, experts, and journalists from Central European countries, will be devoted to these issues. For the second time, it is organised by the Foreign Policy Council "Ukrainian Prism" with the support of and in cooperation with the International Renaissance Foundation and in partnership with the Mieroszewski Center and Representation of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Ukraine.

This year, our forecasts announced in 2021 are undergoing a real stress test. Decisions and discussions during the current forum will shape the environment and context for new editions of the Ukrainian Central European Forum
Session 1
Searching for the foundation of solidarity for deepening cooperation in Central Europe
in partnership with the Mieroszewski Center
Session 2
Central Europe as a new center of European politics and policymaking
Session 4
Energy challenges in Central Europe and possibilities of common response
Session 5
Central European Caucus:
Trouble-makers or troubleshooters?
Session 6
Infrastructure of Central Europe: Adaptation to the Realities of War and Search for Investments
Session 7
Russian disinformation in the Central European states
Session 8
Cooperation of the non-political actors in Central Europe as a solidarity approach
SPEAKERS
  • Dmytro Shulga
    European Program Director, International Renaissance Foundation (UA)
    Opening remarks
  • Felix Hett
    Resident Representative, Representation of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Ukraine
    Opening remarks
  • Hennadiy MAKSAK
    Executive Director of
    the Foreign Policy Council "Ukrainian Prism" (UA)
    Opening remarks
  • Ernest Wyciszkiewicz
    Director at the Mieroszewski Center
    Opening remarks
  • Yevhen Perebyinis
    Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
    Speaker at Session One
    Searching for the foundation of solidarity for deepening cooperation of the Central European states
  • Marcin Przydacz
    Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland
    Speaker at Session One
    Searching for the foundation of solidarity for deepening cooperation of the Central European states
  • Jovita Neliupšienė
    Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania
    Speaker at Session One
    Searching for the foundation of solidarity for deepening cooperation of the Central European states
  • Iulian Fota
    State Secretary MFA of Romania
    Speaker at Session One
    Searching for the foundation of solidarity for deepening cooperation of the Central European states
  • Łukasz Adamski
    Deputy Director at the Mieroszewski Center (Poland)
    Moderator at Session Two
    Central Europe and a new centre of European politics and policy-making
  • Sławomir Dębski
    Director of the Polish Institute of International Affairs (Poland)
    Speaker at Session Two
    Central Europe and a new centre of European politics and policy-making
  • Jan Marian
    Special Envoy of the Czech Republic for Eastern Partnership
    Speaker at Session Two
    Central Europe and a new centre of European politics and policy-making
  • Daniel Bartha
    President at the Centre for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy (Hungary)
    Speaker at Session Two
    Central Europe and a new centre of European politics and policy-making
  • Liliana Popescu
    General Director of the Romanian Diplomatic Institute (Romania)
    Speaker at Session Two
    Central Europe and a new centre of European politics and policy-making
  • Sergiy Sydorenko
    Editor, European Pravda (Ukraine)
    Moderator at Session Three
    Security Challenges for Central Europe: is sustainable cooperation feasible?
  • Carmen Romero
    NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy
    Speaker at Session Three
    Security Challenges for Central Europe: is sustainable cooperation feasible?
  • Alena Kudzko
    Vice President of the GLOBSEC & Director at the GLOBSEC Policy Institute (Slovakia)
    Speaker at Session Three
    Security Challenges for Central Europe: is sustainable cooperation feasible?
  • Velina Tchakarova
    Head of Institute at the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (Austria)
    Speaker at Session Three
    Security Challenges for Central Europe: is sustainable cooperation feasible?
  • Andras Racz
    Senior Fellow, International Order and Democracy Program at the German Council on Foreign Relations (Hungary)
    Speaker at Session Three
    Security Challenges for Central Europe: is sustainable cooperation feasible?
  • Mykhailo Drapak
    Director of the European Studies Program, Foreign Policy Council Ukrainian Prism (Ukraine)
    Moderator at Session Four
    Energy challenges in Central Europe and possibilities of common response
  • Maciej ZANIEWICZ
    Analyst of the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) (PL)
    Speaker at Session Four
    Energy challenges in Central Europe and possibilities of common response
  • Razvan Nicolescu
    European Institute of Innovation and Technology, Ex-Minister of Energy of Romania (Romania)
    Speaker at Session Four
    Energy challenges in Central Europe and possibilities of common response
  • Kristian Takac
    Sfera, a.s, Business Development (Slovakia)
    Speaker at Session Four
    Energy challenges in Central Europe and possibilities of common response
  • Matthias Buck
    Director Europe, Agora Energiewende (Germany)
    Speaker at Session Four
    Energy challenges in Central Europe and possibilities of common response
  • Hanna Hopko
    ANTS Network, former Head of Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Affairs (2014 – 2019) (Ukraine)
    Moderator at Session Five
    Central European Caucus: Trouble-makers or troubleshooters
  • Vadym Halaichuk
    Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Ukraine)
    Speaker at Session Five
    Central European Caucus: Trouble-makers or troubleshooters
  • Adrian Balutel
    Member of Parliament of the Republic of Moldova
    Speaker at Session Five
    Central European Caucus: Trouble-makers or troubleshooters
  • Zoltan Vajda
    Member of Parliament, National Assembly of Hungary (Hungary)
    Speaker at Session Five
    Central European Caucus: Trouble-makers or troubleshooters
  • Paweł Kowal
    Sejm of the Republic of Poland (Poland)
    Speaker at Session Five
    Central European Caucus: Trouble-makers or troubleshooters
  • Andrii Dlihach
    CEO Advanter Group (Ukraine)
    Moderator at Session Six Infrastructure of Central Europe: Adaptation to the Realities of War and Search for Investments
  • Jakub Jakóbowski
    Senior fellow with the OSW China Programme and coordinator of the Connectivity in Eurasia project (OSW)
    Speaker at Session Six Infrastructure of Central Europe: Adaptation to the Realities of War and Search for Investments
  • Veronika Movchan
    Academic Director, Head of the Center for Economic Studies, Institute for Economic Research and Political Consultations (Ukraine)
    Speaker at Session Six Infrastructure of Central Europe: Adaptation to the Realities of War and Search for Investments
  • Tana Alexandra Foarfa
    Director at the Center of European Expertise (Romania)
    Speaker at Session Six Infrastructure of Central Europe: Adaptation to the Realities of War and Search for Investments
  • Michal Lebduška
    Research Fellow of AMO Research Center (Czech Republic)
    Speaker at Session Six Infrastructure of Central Europe: Adaptation to the Realities of War and Search for Investments
  • Sergiy Gerasymchuk
    Director of Neighborhood and Regional Initiatives Program, Foreign Policy Council Ukrainian Prism
    Moderator at Session Seven Russian disinformation in the Central European states: current narratives and approaches to counteraction
  • Uldis Elksnitis
    Information and Communication Officer, East Stratcom Task Force, European External Action Service (EU)
    Speaker at Session Seven Russian disinformation in the Central European states: current narratives and approaches to counteraction
  • Mykola Balaban
    Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security (Ukraine)
    Speaker at Session Seven Russian disinformation in the Central European states: current narratives and approaches to counteraction
  • Jakub Olchowsky
    Head, Department of Eastern Europe, Institute for Central Europe (Poland)
    Speaker at Session Seven Russian disinformation in the Central European states: current narratives and approaches to counteraction
  • Rufin Zamfi
    Programmes Director at the Global Focus (Romania)
    Speaker at Session Seven Russian disinformation in the Central European states: current narratives and approaches to counteraction
  • Dmytro Tuzhanskyi
    Director of Central European Strategy Institute, founder of the Infopost outlet (Ukraine)
    Moderator at Session Eight Cooperation of the non-political actors in Central Europe as a solidarity approach
  • Wojciech Przybylski
    Editor-in-chief of Visegrad Insight, chairman of ResPublicaNowa Foundation in Warsaw (Poland)


    Speaker at Session Eight Cooperation of the non-political actors in Central Europe as a solidarity approach
  • Réka Szemerkényi
    Senior Advisor in Transatlantic Strategy at the International Republican Institute (Hungary)
    Speaker at Session Eight Cooperation of the non-political actors in Central Europe as a solidarity approach
  • Solomiya Borshosh
    Executive Director of the Ukrainian Institute (Ukraine)
    Speaker at Session Eight Cooperation of the non-political actors in Central Europe as a solidarity approach
  • Adam Reichardt
    Editor-in-Chief of the New Eastern Europe magazine (Poland)
    Speaker at Session Eight Cooperation of the non-political actors in Central Europe as a solidarity approach
  • Zoriana Mishchuk
    Senior Fellow, GLOBSEC
    Speaker at Session Eight Cooperation of the non-political actors in Central Europe as a solidarity approach
AGENDA
DAY 1 / 7 November
DAY 2 / 8 NOvember

OPENING REMARKS
Dmytro Shulga, European Program Director, International Renaissance Foundation

Felix Hett, Resident Representative, Representation of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Ukraine

Ernest Wyciszkiewicz, Director at the Mieroszewski Center

Hennadiy Maksak, Executive director, Foreign Policy Council Ukrainian Prism
Opening remarks
SEARCHING FOR THE FOUNDATION OF SOLIDARITY FOR DEEPENING COOPERATION OF THE CENTRAL EUROPEAN STATES
Session 1
in partnership with the Mieroszewski Center
CENTRAL EUROPE AND A NEW CENTRE OF EUROPEAN POLITICS AND POLICY-MAKING
Session 2
SECURITY CHALLENGES FOR CENTRAL EUROPE: IS SUSTAINABLE COOPERATION FEASIBLE?
Session 3
ENERGY CHALLENGES IN CENTRAL EUROPE AND POSSIBILITIES OF COMMON RESPONSE
Session 4
CENTRAL EUROPEAN CAUCUS: TROUBLE-MAKERS OR TROUBLESHOOTERS
Session 5
PRESENTATION OF THE SOCIAL OPINION POLL, PREPARED FOR THE SECOND UCEF
Presentation
NFRASTRUCTURE OF CENTRAL EUROPE: ADAPTATION TO THE REALITIES OF WAR AND SEARCH FOR INVESTMENTS
Session 6
RUSSIAN DISINFORMATION IN THE CENTRAL EUROPEAN STATES: CURRENT NARRATIVES AND APPROACHES TO COUNTERACTION
Session 7
RUSSIAN DISINFORMATION IN THE CENTRAL EUROPEAN STATES: CURRENT NARRATIVES AND APPROACHES TO COUNTERACTION
Session 8
CONTACTS
Additional information:
info@prismua.org
+380 (97) 983 04 88

Ukrainian Central European Forum is organised with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation in Ukraine in the frame of the EU4USociety Project backed by the European Union, in partnership with the Mieroszewski Center and with the Representation of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Ukraine.
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