About Project: Voices from Central and Eastern Europe

Conference on the Future of Europe

10 June 2022


A foresight project that generates a public debate across the EU. Focuses primarily but not exclusively on the democratic security perspective and it is empowering the voices of civil society influencers from CEE in the ongoing Conference on the Future of Europe.

Together with partners across the EU Visegrad Insight is generating foresight that maps out Central European voices in the ongoing debate about the future of Europe. The project challenges an image of recalcitrance and limited input associated with the CEE region, by elaborating on structured scenarios and actionable recommendations proposals for Europe.

It is carried out through a series of extensive workshops, consultations and scenario-building for the future of Europe from the perspective of civil society stakeholders and an ambitious public debate disseminating the findings. By means of extensive discussions and broad inquiry, it gives voice to actors that may not be heard through conventional and state-led channels of consultation.

The project is carried out in partnership with the Bratislava Policy Institute (Slovakia), Euro Créative (France), European Forum Alpbach (Austria), Fondazione Di Vagno (Italy), Forum2000 (Czechia) and Open Lithuania Foundation (Lithuania). It is co-funded by the European Commission’s Europe for Citizens Programme.

Related publications:

Public events in Paris 27 September 2022:

  • debate: “War and the Future of Europe”

Together with experts and policy-makers – Zsuzsanna Szelényi (former Hungarian MP, Central European University), Pawel Zerka (European Council on Foreign Relations, France), Romain Le Quiniou (Euro Créative, France) – we have brought in the Central and Eastern European perspective for the future of European project. In the discussion we put forward proposals on how to redefine and build Europe’s strategic autonomy and put democratic security first.

Video from the debate:

  • discussion with students and youth gathered around the Jeunes Européens SciencesPo featuring Wojciech Przybylski, Visegrad Insight, Anastasiya Shapochkina, Eastern Circles, Nicolas Tenzer, and moderated by Alexandre Alecse of the Jeunes Européens SciencesPo:


Warsaw, 13-15 September 2022,  War and the Future of Europe Conference

Key takeaways and photos

Public meeting with participants of the European Alpbach Forum 2022:

Voices on the Future of Europe: Foresight Exercise – Alpbach, 31 August 2022

As part of the programme of the European Alpbach Forum 2022, we have held an event devoted to the report and the scenarios for the Future of Europe. The presentation of the report by Wojciech Przybylski, the editor-in-chief of Visegrad Insight, was proceeded by the keynote speech and a Q&A session with Miroslav Lajčák, the EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue and other Western Balkan regional issues, and the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia.

The meeting at the beautiful setting of the Austrian Alps brought together 40 participants from different EU countries to discuss further the scenarios for Europe and offer actionable recommendations for policy-makers.

Brussels, 13 June 2022 – Brussels, Belgium – Public debate: How can the EU deliver on democratic security?

Our special foresight event has reflected on the report from the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) one month after its publication from the CEE perspective.

We have also exchanged views and friendly critics on the possible scenarios for the future of the EU that are the outcomes of this foresight. The finalised report with the scenarios and policy recommendations will be published in early September 2022.


7-8 December 2021 & 14 January 2022 – online interactive foresight conference 

The event(s) was part of a broader effort to produce a shadow report to the Conference on the Future of Europe and shape the public debates following that work. The programme of the event involved several simultaneous sessions to map out CEE voices on democratic security. We have gathered participants on 2 lengthy sessions in December and later in January for a productive 1-day long online scenario-building exercise beginning with a kick-off speech delivered by our special guest Ulrike Guérot – a political thinker with a focus on European affairs, political theory and the future of democracy. The rest of the agenda included group engagement to map out scenarios for Europe, as seen from the CEE, and produce structured recommendations.

12-13 October 2021 – at Forum2000, Prague, Czech Republic – Scenario building workshop No. 2

Together with 28 participants (List of Participants in Prague), we have moved on to determine new potential scenarios and discuss policy solutions by means of backcasting. Next to the scenarios developed in the earlier session, we have determined nearly 8 potential new ones that would be later reviewed during online interactive workshops with a broad base of civil society influencers, primarily from CEE.

Foto: Ondřej Besperát, Forum2000, Prague
Foto: Ondřej Besperát, Forum2000, Prague
Foto: Ondřej Besperát, Forum2000, Prague
Foto: Ondřej Besperát, Forum2000, Prague
Foto: Ondřej Besperát, Forum2000, Prague
Foto: Ondřej Besperát, Forum2000, Prague

23-24 September 2021 – Lector in Fabula Festival, Conversano, Italy – Scenario building workshop No. 1

This workshop has gathered almost 30 participants from all over the EU (List of Participants) and has been the first step in the process of developing, narrating, analysing and backcasting alternative futures for the Conference on the Future of Europe.  The participants have discussed the drivers and triggers shaping the future of the region, evaluated them by probability, impact as well as importance from the CEE perspective. In three teams we debated the “most impactful and uncertain” outliers in the drivers and began narrating possible scenarios.

Maja Ava Ziberna (RTV Slovenija, Slovenia), Andrea Pippino (Internazzionale, Italy), Vessela Tcherneva (ECFR, Bulgaria)
Workshops session
Background materials prepared by Maliek Banat
Maira Selicato, Marco Patruno, Marco Fanizzi (students, Italy), Viera Zuborova (Bratislava Policy Institute, Slovakia), Wojciech Przybylski (Visegrad Insight, Poland)
Participants in the library of the Giuseppe di Vagno Foundation
End of workshop No. 1


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War and the Future of Europe

The following report projects four different scenarios which map out how European democratic security will be challenged by 2030 and how to prepare for it.

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