[ October 17, 2019 by Team Globsec 0 Comments ]

Top Takeaways of the GLOBSEC Tatra Summit 2019!

Inspiring, relaxed and with the aim of having a profound impact on European policy: this was the face of the 8th edition of GLOBSEC’s Tatra Summit 2019. Held in an informal and hospitable setting in the High Tatras mountains, it has become an indispensable meeting place of key governmental and European Union (EU) decision-makers, experts and top business representatives.

This year the Summit examined the topic of competitiveness from various perspectives, focusing on: cohesion, climate, innovation, international trade tensions as well as convergence. As a result of discussions at the Tatra Summit 2019, GLOBSEC will release a series of detailed policy recommendations for increasing economic competitiveness.



[ October 11, 2019 by Team Globsec 0 Comments ]

Donald Tusk’s speech on Globsec European Award

Thank you very much Mr Prime Minister for your compliments. I am not only a father but also a grandfather, time is running. My first passion was football, unfortunately I was not talented enough and that was the only reason why I became a politician.

I am very moved. Personally this is a very important moment. You know what Slovakia means to me not only as President of the European Council but also as a Pole, your friend, your neighbour.

First of all, I would like to express my warm thanks for honouring me with the Globsec European Award, at the end of my mission in Brussels. Leaving high office has its good sides. When you start your term, everyone looks at you with mistrust, and places high demands on you. In the middle of your term, they criticise you without mercy, and often do not hide their disappointment with you. By the end of your term everything changes. It’s an interesting interdependence: the number of compliments you get is in inverse proportion to the number of days left till the end of your term.

I want to believe, however, that there is more to awarding me this prize than just cordial courtesy. My sincere cooperation with Globsec, and we met for the first time many years ago, is a common continued effort to work for the integration of Europe, as well as for the strong position of the countries of our region in Europe and in the European institutions. I was a co-author of this cooperation, and also its beneficiary, because without a strong and univocal support from the Slovaks and other countries of this region, I would never have been elected twice as President of the European Council.

Frankly speaking, it was our common interest, to have at the helm of the Council someone who is an ardent supporter of the European unity, and at the same time a genuine spokesman for the countries of Central Europe; who understands their interests, emotions, history and ambitions. As well as their fears and traumas. I remember, as if it were today, our meeting in Bratislava for the opening of the Slovak Presidency. Please allow me to repeat the words I had addressed to you at the time:

“The greatness of a country is not determined by its area, the greatness of a country is not determined by its population. Today we speak of Slovakian greatness not by measuring it in square kilometres, nor based on demographic statistics, but by evaluating the results of your work, determination, patience and your wisdom.

You have demonstrated those attributes since the beginning of your indeed challenging history. Thanks to them, you have built your independence and your position in Europe. You have shown everyone what it means to be proud. You asked no favours of anyone. You didn’t want anything for free. You only demanded respect and understanding for your ambitions. Great, but justified ambitions. And today you quite rightly enjoy the respect and recognition of all Europe, of all the international community.”

I spoke in Slovak then. I try to speak in national languages, when I visit the countries of the region. That was the case in Prague, in Zagreb, in Podgorica, Skopje, Sofia, Bucharest, and also in Kiev. Because my second obsession, alongside maintaining the European unity, was to find a balance between integration and a desire for sovereignty, so evident in our countries. It is understandable that we want to enjoy our independence and national sovereignty to the full – they are still so recent. I myself dedicated my young years to the independence of my home country, and so I feel exactly what you must feel. I also know, that there will be no sovereign countries of Central Europe without a united and integrated European Union. Whoever makes use of our pride and national ambition against the idea of a United Europe, also undermines the sovereignty of our countries. Because only Europe as a whole is able to face global challenges and dangers lurking in our immediate neighbourhood.

The federalists who dream about the disappearance of national states tend to be irritating, and the naivety of some of them can even be surprising, but it is in fact the nationalists who pose a greater threat to the sovereignty of our states. This may sound like a slogan, but there will be no sovereign and independent European nations without a sovereign and integrated Europe. The history of our region is the best proof, what kind of risks arise when our continent becomes a mosaic of conflicts and antagonistic interests, where it is difficult to agree even the most general and basic principles and values.

In 2017, as a guest of Globsec, I said that I was not afraid of different European speeds or different formats of cooperation. The essence of the Union is not threatened, just because some of its members integrate more slowly or more cautiously, for instance regarding common currency or Schengen. Also, I rather see advantages than threats coming from the fact that we gather in different formats, in terms of geography or objectives, such as the V4 format, for example.

The problem is not different speeds, but different directions and destinations. Europe, or in a wider perspective, a transatlantic community, has found itself today at a political crossroads. Until recently, we had been a political and axiological community, which was integrating and enlarging, while today it is starting to disintegrate and shrink. Brexit, the withdrawal of the US from many fields, like for example its latest decision to abandon Kurds in Syria, hesitations concerning accession talks with our Balkan partners, a demonstrative disregard by some of our Member States for fundamental principles such as the rule of law – all this is a sad illustration of the same trend: of shrinking and disintegration. That is why I am appealing to the citizens and politicians of our part of Europe: Take on your shoulders the responsibility not only for yourselves and for your interests, but also for Europe as a whole, for Europe as a community.

It only depends on you whether the European Union will survive this critical time and rebuild its self-confidence and determination. One may treat the Union as a cash cow and its values with a grain of salt and reservations. Such an attitude may bring internal political benefits but it is only a very short-term game. Contemporary times demand from Central Europe maturity and strategic seriousness. We used to say of ourselves,we, the so-called “New Europeans”, that we were the hope and future of the Union. The moment is coming when history will tell us “Check!” It would be good, if our words didn’t turn out to be just a bluff. Thank you.

[ October 9, 2019 by Team Globsec 0 Comments ]

Press Release: European leaders will discuss the most pressing economic issues of Europe in the High Tatras

  • 200 selected guests from nearly 25 countries 
  • 30 exclusive speakers, 10 ministers and deputy ministers of finance and economy (guests include: Gordon Bajnai, Andrej Bertoncelj, Ladislav Kamenický, Peter Kažimír, Daniel Křetinský, Jerzy Kwieciński, Miroslav Lajčák, Margarida Marques, Wilhelm Molterer, Emma Navarro, Andreas Treichl, Tanja Vainio, Johan Van Overtveldt, and others)  
  • The Summit will host the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk 
  • Key representatives from European Investment Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and European Parliament will be present 
  • Three key topics: Green New Deal for Europe, Sustainable Finance, Leveraging the EU Budget

BRATISLAVA, 9 October 2019 – The High Tatras will become an indispensable meeting place of key governmental and EU decision makers, experts and business leaders. The 8th edition of GLOBSEC Tatra Summit will take place between 11 and 13 October. The Summit will once again reflect the current challenges of the EU and beyond in a unique and inspiring format. 

The looming shadow of Brexit over the EU, coupled with diverging views on trade policy between Brussels, Washington and Beijing, as well as increasing global economic slowdown impact the level of economic uncertainty in Europe. Despite the challenging nature of these topics, according to Róbert Vass, President of GLOBSEC: “In a world that is disrupted we cannot only react, but rather cultivate a vision that supports multi-stakeholder collaboration. It is imperative to find a way to align our goals and set a smart strategy that connects key themes including innovation, cohesion, investment, environment and security.” The upcoming Tatra Summit, organized over the weekend in the High Tatras, will serve as an engaging platform to find solutions to these challenges that affect the well-being of all European citizens. 

“Tatra Summit brings together various important stakeholders and it is an ideal platform to share our views on current issues such as state of European economy or opportunities arising from new technological trends” reiterated Slovak Minister of Finance, Ladislav Kamenický. The Summit will also reflect the gravity and urgency to address contemporary environmental issues. The CEE region is calling for a just and fair transition from fossil fuel driven industries to a low-carbon emitting technology. The financial sector must recognize and prioritize the underpinning environmental, societal and governance impact of investment strategies. Furthermore, the Summit will enable discussions among senior level decision makers on the need for predictable smart taxation policy adapted to the challenges of the digital and fast-changing global economy. 

 This year’s Tatra Summit takes place in turbulent times, in a dynamic environment, when the new European Commission and Parliament set their ambitious goals and draw their lines for the new vision for Europe. I believe Tatra Summit is a unique opportunity for the CEE political and business leaders to share their ideas, knowledge and wisdom with the European leadership and contribute very timely to the process of formulating modern vision for competitive and green Europe,” Vazil Hudák, the Vice-President of the European Investment Bank, concludes.  

Established in 2016, the annual GLOBSEC European Award will this year be presented to Donald Tusk, President of the European Council. In previous editions, the GLOBSEC European Award has been bestowed upon several exceptional personalities such as Wolfgang Schäuble, Kristalina Georgieva and José Ángel Gurría. A special recognition will be conferred to the Governor of the Slovak National Bank and Former Minister of Finance Peter Kažimír, for his extraordinary service as one of the longest serving finance ministers in the Eurozone. 

For press-related enquiries, contact: [email protected] 

More detailed information is available on the official website:  https://tatrasummit.globsec.org/ 

Európski lídri budú diskutovať o najnaliehavejších ekonomických otázkach Európy vo Vysokých Tatrách 

  • 200 vybraných hostí z 25 krajín
  • 30 exkluzívnych rečníkov, 10 ministrov a zástupcov ministrov financií a hospodárstva (medzi inými budú hosťami: Gordon Bajnai, Andrej Bertoncelj, Ladislav Kamenický, Peter Kažimír, Daniel Křetinský, Jerzy Kwieciński, Miroslav Lajčák, Margarida Marques, Wilhelm Molterer, Emma Navarro, Andreas Treichl, Donald Tusk, Tanja Vainio, Johan Van Overtveldt a ďalší)
  • Summitu sa zúčastní predseda Európskej rady Donald Tusk
  • Prítomní budú aj kľúčoví predstavitelia Európskej investičnej banky, Európskej banky pre obnovu a rozvoj či Európskeho parlamentu
  • 3 kľúčové témy: Zelená dohoda pre Európu, udržateľné financie, potenciál rozpočtu EÚ


BRATISLAVA, 9.10.2019 Vysoké Tatry sa znova stanú centrom diania. Cez víkend sa v Štrbskom Plese stretnú kľúčoví vládni predstavitelia, lídri európskych inštitúcií, odborníci a biznis lídri. Ôsmy ročník GLOBSEC Tatra Summit sa uskutoční v dňoch 11. až 13. októbra a opäť bude v jedinečnom a podnetnom formáte hľadať odpovede na súčasné výzvy, pred ktorými stojí a zvyšok sveta. 

Od Brexitu, ktorý ešte stále zamestnáva EÚ, cez rozdielny prístup k obchodnej politike medzi Bruselom, Washingtonom a Pekingom, až po spomaľujúce sa hospodárstvo. Všetky tieto témy predstavujú výzvu.Vo svete, ktorý je v zmätku, nemôžeme na problémy len reagovať. Musíme prísť s víziou a podporiť spoluprácu všetkých zainteresovaných strán. Musíme nájsť spôsob, ako zosúladiť naše ciele a stanoviť si rozumnú stratégiu, ktorá prepojí kľúčové otázky, ako sú inovácie, spoločenská súdržnosť, investície, životné prostredie a bezpečnosť.“ hovorí Róbert Vass, prezident GLOBSECu. Tatra Summit, ktorý organizuje GLOBSEC, bude tou správnou platformou na hľadanie odpovedí na tieto výzvy, ktoré ovplyvňujú kvalitu života občanov Európy. 

Tatra Summit spája rôzne dôležité zainteresované strany a je ideálnou platformou na zdieľanie našich názorov na súčasné problémy, ako je stav európskej ekonomiky alebo príležitosti vyplývajúce z technologického vývoja,“ dodáva minister financií SR Ladislav Kamenický. Summit bude takisto diskutovať o riešeniach environmentálnych výziev. Región strednej a východnej Európy požaduje spravodli transformáciu z tradičných priemyselných odvetví a fosílnych palív na nízkouhlíkovú technológiu. Je nevyhnutné, aby finančný sektor podporil a prijal posilnenie investícií pre životné prostredie, sociálne záležitosti a správu vecí verejných. Tatra Summit je tiež vynikajúcou príležitosťou na to, aby s dôležitými témami boli oboznámení tí, ktorí rozhodujú a majú možnosť ponúknuť efektívne odporúčania. Diskusie sa naviac zamerajú aj na potrebu predvídateľnosti politiky inteligentného zdaňovania prispôsobenej výzvam digitálnej doby a rýchlo sa meniaceho svetového hospodárstva. 

Tohtoročný Tatra Summit sa koná v turbulentnom období, v dynamickom prostredí, keď si nová Európska komisia a Parlament stanovili ciele a vytýčili smerovanie novej vízie pre Európu. Verím, že Tatra Summit je jedinečnou príležitosťou pre politických a biznis lídrov v strednej a východnej Európe podeliť sa o svoje nápady, vedomosti a múdrosť s európskymi predstaviteľmi a včas tak prispieť k procesu formovania modernej vízie pre konkurencieschopnú a zelenú Európu,“ uzatvára Vazil Hudák, viceprezident Európskej investičnej banky.  

Na Summite bude opäť odovzdaná Európska cena GLOBSECu. Tentokrát si ju prevezme predseda Európskej rady Donald Tusk. Európska cena GLOBSECu bola v posledných rokoch udelená viacerým výnimočným osobnostiam, ako napríklad bývalému nemeckému ministrovi financií Wolfgangovi Schäublemu, výkonnej riaditeľke Medzinárodného menového fondu Kristaline Georgievovej či generálnemu tajomníkovi OECD José Ángel Gurríovi. Osobitné ocenenie bude udelené aj guvernérovi Národnej Banky Slovenska a bývalému ministrovi financií Petrovi Kažimírovi, jednému z najdlhšie slúžiacich ministrov financií eurozóny. 

V prípade ďalších otázok, kontaktujte: [email protected]. 

Podrobnejšie informácie sú k dispozícii na oficiálnej webovej stránke: https://tatrasummit.globsec.org/  

[ September 4, 2019 by Team Globsec 0 Comments ]

GLOBSEC Tatra Summit 2019 Young Professionals

Tatra Summit Young Professionals (TSYP) project aims to engage young experts in policy-shaping debates concerning the challenges the EU faces on the domestic and global stage. Our participants will benefit from a unique opportunity to improve their professional and networking skills while building connections with senior policymakers and thought leaders. There will also be an opportunity to take part in the GLOBSEC Tatra Summit and contribute to open discussions between key stakeholders on how to shape the political, economic and financial future of Europe.


Participants will be selected through an open call on highly competitive basis. The group will comprise of 10 young analysts, policy-advisors and business specialists, aged between 25-35, with an interest and expertise in the political and economic issues to be discussed at this year’s Tatra Summit.


Successful applicants will play an active role in the Tatra Summit focus groups. Prior to the conference, they will work closely with focus group moderators to prepare a briefing for discussion. This will enable them to delve deeper into the issues related to their specialisation. During the event, they will record the highlights of individual focus group discussions and then help to incorporate them into a policy recommendation, which will be used for further key discussions in the respective areas.

Because TSYP is directly integrated into the conference, it provides participants a great opportunity to get involved in various discussion formats with high-profile politicians, decisionmakers, think tankers, and much more. Participation also offers the opportunity to become part of the GLOBSEC community on a long-term basis. Finally, our successful applicants will be encouraged to spread the word and publish their own take on issues before or after the conference, an activity with the potential for future cooperation between GLOBSEC and its alumni community of young leaders and professionals.

TSYP programme begins with a Welcome dinner on Thursday 10th October, followed by two sessions with leading experts attending GLOBSEC Tatra Summit in the morning on 11th October. TSYP participants will subsequently experience all parts of formal and informal programmes being developed for this year’s Tatra Summit.

[ September 3, 2019 by Team Globsec 0 Comments ]


Inspiring, relaxed and with the aim to have a profound impact on European policy, this is the face of the 8th edition of GLOBSEC Tatra Summit. Held in an informal and hospitable setting in the High Tatra mountains, it has become an indispensable meeting place of key governmental and EU decision makers, experts and top business representatives.


Representing one of the leading platforms in Europe, GLOBSEC Tatra Summit has built a community of top statesmen, high-level private sector representatives, visionaries, experts from the most influential European organisations and academia. Over the years, the guest list has included personalities such as Wolfgang Schäuble, Kristalina Georgieva, Mateusz Morawiecki, Olaf Scholz, Bruno Le Maire, Margrethe Vestager, Andreas Treichl, Gordon Bajnai, Maroš Šefčovič, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Pierre Moscovici, Valdis Dombrovskis, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Werner Hoyer, Vazil Hudák, Arthur Laffer and many others.


This year is shaping up to become one of the most turbulent years in the history of the European integration project. With the uncertain shadow of Brexit threatening the very foundations of the Union, Europe is bracing itself for a fresh political cycle that is set to define the new political balance and priorities for the next 5 years.

Part of our discusions will cover:

  • Populism and nationalism fuelling international trade confrontation
  • Can we boost European competetiveness
  • Mobilization of private investments to fuel growth
  • Can the EU become a digital superpower while protecting the consumer

By utilizing the traits of strong leadership and bold vision to navigate us through these fragmented times, GLOBSEC Tatra Summit holds to its tradition of presenting
a prominent guest with the GLOBSEC European Award. Recognised at a high-profile Gala Dinner, the guest of honour will deliver an inspiring Annual Speech on Europe offering valuable insights on the challenges which will shape Europe’s future in the years ahead. The GLOBSEC Business Award recognises extraordinary European business leaders who made significant contributions to economic growth, sustainability and competitiveness. Through this award, we aim to show our utmost support, respect and admiration towards the business community and their contribution to upholding the European values on the global stage.


Once again, GLOBSEC Tatra Summit will host a unique group of young professionals and experts under Tatra Summit Young Professionals program. By aiming at improving their professional skills, Tatra Summit Young Professionals program engages young generation into the policy-shaping debates concerning the challenges faced by the EU. Young professionals can fully benefit from networking opportunities and relationships building not only with their peers, but as well with senior policy makers.


Surrounded by the majestic nature of the High Tatras, together with a truly relaxed, informal and intimate atmosphere, Štrbské Pleso proved ideally placed to become the home of GLOBSEC Tatra Summit for the years to come. What is more, by offering a platform for even closer cooperation between private and public sector, as part of the formal as well as informal programme of the conference, the Summit is unrivalled as the place to be this October.