[ October 19, 2021 ]

TSYP Breakfast

Back for its 3rd edition, Tatra Summit Young Professionals 2021 programme brought together 7 experts from 6 countries, with public and private sector expertise spanning from fintech through female entrepreneurship to strategic autonomy. In exclusive TSYP sessions, our participants discussed European and global economic and political outlooks with Vazil Hudák, Ali Aslan and Alena Kudzko, before becoming full participants of the formal and informal conference programme. They are currently co-writing numerous policy outcomes from Tatra Summit focus group discussions. For more information about the programme and participants, visit the TSYP section. To read about the upcoming policy outcomes, keep following our social media as well as the website.

[ October 9, 2021 ]

Lyliana Pavlova’s speech at GLOBSEC European Award 2021 ceremony

Dear Vazil, dear Prime Minister, dear Ministers, dear friends,

On behalf of the European Investment Bank, I would like to thank GLOBSEC very much for this award.

It is an honor and a privilege to be included among the recipients of the GLOBSEC European Award and I am extremely glad that in 2021 this honor is bestowed upon the European Investment Bank.

I am also very glad that the EIB’s hard work and swift reaction to the COVID crisis receive what I believe to be a well-deserved recognition.

Global problems need global solutions, and this is something we understood very quickly at the EIB right after the start of the pandemic.

This is why the EIB prepared a so-called “global response” to the challenge represented by the fight against the pandemic, and we offered a comprehensive set of financial solutions to tackle this challenge.

And since we operate in a significant number of countries outside the European Union, our response was truly available on a global scale.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic the European Investment Bank and the European Investment Fund have approved more than €56 billion of targeted support for businesses most impacted by the crisis, public health, and delivery of vaccines.

This amount includes, of course, operations within and outside the EU.

But for outside the EU exclusively, we are on track to provide over €5.2 billion of accelerated financing and targeted technical assistance, in order to address the impact of the pandemic.

This amount will be made available for clients in 100 countries as part of the ‘Team Europe’ response to the coronavirus.

Our action will strengthen urgent health investment and help to sustain jobs and livelihoods in sectors most threatened by the economic and social impact of the coronavirus.

Of course, this is not the end of the story, as we will continue to act as a bridge between EU policies and projects on the ground, and to respond to the growing demand for a stronger partnership between Europe and the world.

I can assure you therefore that we will continue to work on supporting EU policies, maximising our impact on the ground, and supporting the green recovery.

I also want to congratulate GLOBSEC for its 10-year anniversary and I believe that it has done a tremendous job over the years, in stimulating dialogue and new ideas about how we can make this world a better place.

And I would encourage GLOBSEC to not forget about other countries along the Danube that have so many things in common with the CEE countries. I am talking of course about Bulgaria and Romania and also about our Western Balkans neighbors. I would encourage GLOBSEC to increase its cooperation with interlocutors from these countries in order to continue expanding the scope of its activities.

Thank you again GLOBSEC for this prize, as well as for the excellent organization of this event, in such a wonderful place as the High Tatras.

Thank you on behalf of all of my colleagues at the EIB!

[ October 7, 2021 ]

OECD Secretary General joins the Prime Minister of Slovakia and other political and economic leaders at the 10th edition of GLOBSEC’s Tatra Summit

October 7

GLOBSEC, one of the most influential think-tanks in Central Europe, is organizing the 10th edition of the Tatra Summit, taking place on 8-10 October in the High Tatras, Slovakia.

Economic recovery

The conference will focus on the post-crisis economic recovery of Europe and how the public and private sectors can come together to meet the challenges of 2021. Speakers will examine the role that Central and Eastern Europe can play in Europe’s economic recovery, and the solutions the region can bring to the table.

The conference will feature high-level speakers such as Mathias Corman, the Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Pierre Wunsch, the Governor of the Central Bank of Belgium, and the Governor of the Bank of Slovenia, Boštjan Vasle. Beata Javorcik, the Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, will also attend. From Slovakia, Eduard Heger, the Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic, and ministers Andrej Doležal, Richard Sulík, Ivan Korčok, Veronika Remišová, Mária Kolíková and Vladimír Lengvarský will be present.

„The Tatra Summit was first organized 10 years ago as a reaction to the financial and economic crisis and the need of interconnecting the European and Slovak debate, which practically hadn’t existed then. Today we are facing a global crisis again. Slovakia and Europe must change today’s crisis into an opportunity and recover economic growth on a new basis. To be able to tackle such a challenge, regional cooperation is not enough: we also need to connect the public and private sectors. And that’s the platform that Tatra Summit represents”, commented Róbert Vass, the president and founder of GLOBSEC.

The Summit will also launch the Tatra Summit Insight Report. This publication, offering insights into the CEE economy, examines how disruption can forge economic growth in Central and Eastern Europe, with a spotlight on Estonia, and how bottom-up education initiatives can help deliver the skills needed for economic growth in the region. A unique element of the Report is GLOBSEC’s first-ever Strategic Transformation Index. This benchmarks the CEE9 economies’ recovery from the pandemic in relative terms and offers evidence-based policy insights into the region’s past macro-resilience performance, as well as forward-looking structural policy areas, including education, green and digital transitions, and innovation.

Strict health measures and focus on sustainability

The Tatra Summit will be held under strict hygienic measures due to the pandemic, and host only fully vaccinated guests who will be required to provide proof of vaccination.

The health of our guests and our team is a priority for us. Therefore, we decided to only host vaccinated people as the risk of COVID-19 infection is much lower in their case. We have done our utmost in order to provide a safe event for everyone taking part. Besides the vaccination requirement we have also undertaken strict hygienic measures”, explains Milan Solár, the vice-president of GLOBSEC.

In cooperation with the Ministry of Transport, there will be a special train departing from Bratislava to Štrba, transporting the GLOBSEC Tatra Summit guests to the venue. The Slovak Minister of Transport, Andrej Doležal will be welcoming everyone at the train station in Bratislava.

„We wanted Tatra Summit guests to travel in a modern and more sustainable way. Sustainability will be key to the post-pandemic recovery of Europe and Slovakia and we are committed to using our resources, including from the Recovery Plan, for sustainable green projects, especially in railway transport,“ commented minister Doležal.

The tradition of the Tatra Summit goes back to 2011, since when the conference has hosted personalities such as Kristalina Georgieva, Margarethe Vestager, Olaf Scholz, Donald Tusk, José Ángel Gurría, and Wolfgang Schäuble.

The strategic partners of this year’s conference are the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic.

Discover the full agenda of GLOBSEC Tatra Summit 2021

[ September 30, 2021 ]

Tatra Summit 2021 logistical information

Hygienic & safety measures

All participants must be fully vaccinated and they should be able to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination in a form of the digital COVID-19 pass or medical documentation. Please note you will only be able to collect your own badge after presenting vaccination confirmation. In case you have not confirmed that you are fully vaccinated, please register via this link.

Bear in mind that in the Slovak Republic the rules of mandatory use of face masks indoors (FFP2) and outdoors continue to be among the key preventive measures. Another important rule in combating COVID-19 disease is thorough hand-washing and adequate social distancing in public areas.




The departure of the charter flight from Vienna Airport to Poprad Airport is scheduled for 10:30, Friday, 8 October. To ensure smooth onboarding, we strongly advise you to be at the VIP terminal at least 45 minutes before the departure of the flight. A shuttle bus will be waiting on the runway and will depart at 11:25 to Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras where our BMW shuttle service desk will be ready to assist you in case you will need to get to your hotel.

Please note that you will be asked to present your COVID-19 Pass (or other medical documentation that confirms the vaccination) and ID at the airport right before boarding the plane. After the COVID-19 Pass is checked, you will be given your badge and when you arrive at the High Tatras you will be able to enter the conference venue.



The departure of the train is at 8:05 from Bratislava – Nové Mesto railway station, Platform no. 1. To ensure smooth onboarding, we strongly advise you to be at the railway station at least 35 minutes before the departure of the train. For all participants, a shuttle bus will depart from Štrba railway station to Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras where our BMW shuttle service desk will be ready to assist you in case you will need to get to your hotel.

Please note that you will be asked to present your COVID-19 Pass (or other medical documentation that confirms the vaccination) and ID at the train station right before boarding the train. After the COVID-19 Pass is checked, you will be given your badge and when you arrive at the High Tatras you will be able to enter the conference venue.



Please note that you will be asked to present your COVID-19 Pass (or other medical documentation that confirms the vaccination) and ID at the Accreditation Centre in front of the Kempinski Hotel. After the COVID-19 Pass is checked, you will be given your badge and will be able to enter the conference venue.



You will receive individual communication with the details of your accommodation.


Contact point: Registration team

[email protected], +421 903 496 514

[ September 7, 2021 ]

Health Protocol – GLOBSEC Tatra Summit 2021


Valid as of September 6, 2021

GLOBSEC as an organisation continues to take the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19 disease very seriously. Therefore, GLOBSEC Tatra Summit 2021 has been correspondingly adapted and the organisation has taken significant measures in the execution of the event to keep the participants and all involved members of the team, hotels and restaurant staff, technicians and other providers safe and healthy 

In the Slovak Republic, the rules of a mandatory use of face masks indoors continue to be among the key preventive measures. Another important rule in combating COVID-19 disease is thorough hand-washing and adequate social distancing in public areas. See this link for an up-to-date overview of all the applicable measures adopted in public areas in connection with COVID-19. 

The hygiene and preventive measures at GLOBSEC Tatra Summit 2021 applied in connection to COVID-19 are adopted in continuous consultation with the Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic and the panel of epidemiologists advising the Government of the Slovak Republic.  

We acknowledge that the epidemiological situation develops constantly, thereby, the measures outlined in this health protocol are subject to change according to evaluation of the contemporary situation and ongoing consultations with the official authorities of Slovakia.


  1. NO-SOCIALISING POLICY: A strict no-socialising policy for GLOBSEC staff has been implemented. Any member of GLOBSEC staff participating in a mass social activity is requested to self-isolate and can return to work only after presenting a negative RT-PCR test result on COVID-19.
  2. GLOBSEC STAFF BEING REGULARLY TESTED: All members of the GLOBSEC organising team have been tested on COVID-19 (using RT-PCR tests) regularly (once a week since 4th August) to make sure we are not posing a risk to our guests arriving to the conference. Organisers will undergo additional testing shortly before the event.
  3. SUPPLIER STAFF BEING TESTED: All staff of suppliers and providers who might be in direct contact with our conference guests (including drivers, hotels staff, waiters, technicians, etc.) will be tested on COVID-19 (using RT-PCR tests) few days before the conference.


  1. CLEANING AND DISINFECTION OF PREMISES: Cleaning and disinfection in common areas will be ensured (main conference halls, focus group rooms, restaurant, coffee break premises, restrooms, door handles, handrails, turnstiles, and other):
    1. Entire conference halls and common premises will be disinfected prior to the start of the conference as well as after each conference day;
    2. Common areas will be disinfected after each coffee break (during panels);
    3. Inventory on the speakers’ podium will be disinfected after each panel (during breaks);
    4. Microphones and earpieces will be disinfected after each use; if the microphone has foam, it will be replaced after each use;
    5. The registration desk will be disinfected every 30 minutes.
  2. TEMPERATURE CHECKS: Temperature checks at the site entrance with a no-contact thermometer or thermo-cameras will be implemented at the entrance to Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras premises (data will not be stored).
  3. PERSONAL HYGIENE PACKAGE: Each participant will receive a face mask and disinfectant gel.
  4. HAND-HYGIENE: Paper towels, soap and hand sanitizers, including a number of disinfection-stands with contactless dispensers will be provided in the premises. An instructive image of how to wash hands properly according to WHO recommendations will be displayed at each restroom.
  5. WEARING OF FACE MASK: In accordance with the up-to-date regulations in Slovakia, it is required to wear a face mask in all indoor venues of the conference, including corridors, elevators, restaurants, bars (except for the time you are consuming food or drink), all conference halls and rooms as well as while in transport by GLOBSEC cars, buses, or flight charter. Staff working in the conference premises will wear face masks. In addition to that, staff working with meals will wear disposable gloves.
  6. SHUTTLE SERVICE: BMW shuttle service cars and shuttle buses used for guest’s transportation will be disinfected after each ride. Guests are required to wear a face mask when boarding cars / buses / plane as well as during the whole car / bus ride or charter flight. When travelling on a shuttle bus or charter flight, all guests need to disinfect their hands before entering the bus. Guests need to observe the 1,5m social distance when standing in ques to board the bus/ charter flight.
  7. EMERGENCY ROOMS: Rooms in each conference venue will be set aside for COVID-related emergencies and for temporary quarantine purposes. 



All participants must fully be vaccinated (2) and they should be able to present a proof of COVID-19 vaccination in a form of the digital COVID-19 pass or medical documentation confirming the identity of the participant, vaccination place and date either in English or Slovak.   

Please note you will only be able to collect your own badge after presenting vaccination confirmation.


All members of the GLOBSEC organising team have been tested on COVID-19 (using RT-PCR tests) regularly (once a week) since beginning of August to make sure we are not posing a risk to our guests arriving to the Tatra Summit. 

All staff of suppliers and providers who might be in direct contact with our conference guests (including drivers, hotel staff, waiters, technicians) will be tested on COVID-19 (using RT-PCR tests) shortly before the Tatra Summit.


    1. Before entering the conference venues or boarding the charter flight, all participants must make sure that they do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, particularly fever.
    2. Participants must notify the site nurse/doctor or the assigned contact point if their temperature is over 38°C (100.4°F) or if they experience other Covid-19 symptoms.
    3. Registered guests who show symptoms of COVID-19 or have a fever must, depending on their overall condition, call their primary healthcare provider or the emergency services set up by the country’s public health authorities. They must inform the organizers without any delay about their health situation and remain isolated in their hotel rooms / homes.
    4. Any registered guests who have someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or with COVID-19 symptoms in their home must remain self-isolated at home and inform the organisers without any delay.
    1. Participants must clean their hands frequently, using soap and water or a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% – 95% alcohol by volume.
    2. Use soap and water instead of hand sanitizer whenever possible as hand sanitizer is more irritating for skin.
    3. Always wash hands before drinking, eating, and smoking.
    1. Please, see here an overview of all measures adopted in connection to COVID-19 by the Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic that are applicable outside of the conference venues.
    1. See this link for an up-to-date statistic on the development of the coronavirus pandemic in Slovakia. 


  1. If a participant feels unwell during the conference, he/she must contact an organizer.
  2. If you observe a person looking or acting unwell, please contact organizer or the internal first aid service (site emergency number) for help. 
  3. Any potentially infected zones will be blocked off and identified with warning signs to ensure that no one enters them. The exception is people authorized to do so for cleaning and disinfection purposes.
  4. Shared spaces will be evacuated, cleaned, and disinfected.
  5. If the person cannot be evacuated immediately, they will be transferred to the temporary isolation room while awaiting a transfer to the hospital. The purpose is to limit the scope of the potentially contaminated area.
  6. After the person is evacuated, the isolation room and the restroom will be professionally cleaned and disinfected.

(1) The hygiene and preventive measures at GLOBSEC Tatra Summit 2021 applied in connection to COVID-19 for the protection of respective participants’, staff’s and supplier’s health are adopted in continuous consultation with the Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic and the panel of epidemiologists led by the Chief Hygienist of Slovakia Mgr. RNDrMUDr. Ján Mikas, PhDThe measures are subject to changes as a result of these consultations and the development of the situation. A final version of the Health Protocol will be shared with all the participants prior to the event.

(2) a) a person at least 14 days after the second dose of the two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, b) a person at least 21 days after the first dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, c) a person at least 14 days after the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, in case the first dose of vaccine was administered 180 days after confirmed COVID-19 disease, d) a person under age 12