The Council of Europe is one of the main partners of the Visegrad School of Political Studies programs, which bring together young politicians, elected both nationally and locally, civil servants, leaders of civil society and journalists. The seminars focus on themes such as European integration, globalisation, democratisation processes, frozen conflicts, intercultural dialogue, post-conflict reconciliation, organisation of free elections, strengthening of democratic institutions and the development of civil society.
Thanks to the support of the Council each year, participants of the programs are invited to Strasbourg to take part in the World Forum for Democracy which brings together over 650 participants and experts, including Heads of State and Government, representatives of European institutions and the French government, European and international academics.
International Visegrad Fund
The International Visegrad Fund is an international organization based in Bratislava founded by the governments of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries—the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Republic of Poland, and the Slovak Republic—in Štiřín, Czech Republic, on June 9, 2000.
The purpose of the Fund is to facilitate and promote the development of closer cooperation among citizens and institutions in the region as well as between the V4 region and other countries, especially the Western Balkans and countries of the Eastern Partnership. The Fund does so through grant support of common cultural, scientific and educational projects, youth exchanges, cross-border projects and tourism promotion, and through individual mobility programs (scholarships, residencies).
The budget of the Fund (€8 million as of 2014) consists of equal contributions of the Visegrad Group’s governments. The Fund runs four regular grant programs (Small Grants, Standard Grants, the Visegrad Strategic Program, the Visegrad Strategic Conferences, and the Visegrad+ program), a separate Visegrad 4 Eastern Partnership program with its separate grant and scholarship schemes, scholarship schemes, a multi-chapter artist-in-residence program, and a curriculum-building program for universities.
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), municipalities and local or regional governments, schools and universities, but also private companies or individual citizens are eligible for grant support, provided that their projects deal with the region and further develop cooperation among project partners based in the region.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland has long been our partner in a variety of projects. EAD is proud to have support from the Department of Public and Cultural Diplomacy for the Visegrad School of Political Studies programs: Visegrad Meets the Eastern Partnership and Visegrad School Meets Russia.