The Virtual Forum for Visegrad+ Studies is a brand new initiative aimed at strengthening the cooperation between Central European countries among different target groups: academics, politicians and diplomats, businessmen, journalists and social leaders. In order to meet their expectations, the project will undertake numerous actions in various fields

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The web portal “Visegrad Plus”, with its profiles on Facebook @Virtual Forum for Visegrad+ Studies and Twitter @VisegradPlus, are just the first steps. They offer diversified content – from short news to blogs, opinions, interviews and policy papers. The most innovative section is Visipedia – a virtual repository of books, reports, documents and current statistics from all countries that participate in the project.

Within the next few months we will take the next steps. Thus, we are going to organize working seminars for experts and students (next one will be held in November 2014), release publications with selected policy papers and last but not least establish a research center focused on Central European political and economic issues.

Our team consists of more than 50 young professionals from 11 countries (in alphabetic order): Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. We are still looking for new collaborators – if you would like to join us, just fill in the form at http://visegradplus.org/join-us/!

The project is tremendously ambitious, as our Czech partner once said. However, we are strongly convinced that we will succeed. This expectation is based on the 25 years of experience of the Jagiellonian Club. Since the beginning people involved in the Jagiellonian Club have been sharing a common understanding of the role that Central Europe has been playing, not only in the history of the Old Continent, but also now – in the 21st century.

Moreover, thanks to the broad set of actions that the Club has undertaken so far, i.e. educational projects (only this year at least 3,500 participants), 36 issues of philosophical quarterly magazine Pressje (www.pressje.pl), more than 100 analyzes prepared by our think-tank (www.eksperci.kj.org.pl), 10 centers for urban policies OSOM in biggest Polish cities (www.osom.org.pl), web portal with 16,000 unique users per month (www.jagiellonski24.pl), and finally project Demagog that has prepared almost 500 factchecks since April 2014 (www.demagog.org.pl), we are well prepared to meet the expectations of our current and potential partners and sponsors, and finally – ourselves.