Ambassadors of Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland held a lecture at IUS

On Tuesday, March 8th 2016, at the International University of Sarajevo (IUS), 16th session of ''Ambassador Talk'' was held. Honorary guests of the session were:

·         H.E. Jakub Skalnik, Ambassador of Czech Republic in B&H

·         H.E. Andrzej Krawczyk, Ambassador of Poland in B&H

·         H.E. Jozsef Negyesi, ambassador of Hungary in B&H

·         H.E. Jan Psenica, Ambassador Slovak Republic in B&H.

The topic was: "V4 regional cooperation, EU integration and its importance for the Western Balkans".

Visegrad Group (Visegrad Four), or "V4", is the name of the association of four Central European countries of Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland. The group is named after the Hungarian castle of Visegrad (Hung. Visegrád), which is selected due to the historical reasons. In the same castle on 1339 met the rulers of Bohemia, Poland and Hungary, Ivan Slijepi, Kasimir III.  the Great and Karlo I. Robert. The vision of this association of former socialist Central European countries is based on mutual protection of economic interests and the promotion of free trade, the development of transport infrastructures and cooperation in the energy field. Association this year celebrates 25 years of existence, and the initiator of its establishment was the then Czechoslovak President Vaclav Havel, leader known for exemplary humanistic and democratic convictions. The presiding country in the group changes each year in June according to the circular system. This year the Czech Republic chairs the group.

Lecture on "V4" has attracted large number of visitors, especially students of political science and international relations. After the presentation of ambassadors, an interesting discussion followed, during which students and teachers asked questions about this current and contemporary theme.

Guests were welcomed at IUS by Rector, Prof. dr. Yücel Oğurlu, with his associates. The visit and lecture of Ambassadors of the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia was organized by the International Relations Office of IUS, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Assoc. prof. dr. Mojmir Sabolović, from the program of International Business and Finance IUS, who is, originally from the Czech Republic.