Please join the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center for the next edition of Central Europe Week, a virtual event series taking place between November 15 and 19, 2021. This series will highlight how the United States and Central Europe can together lead in shaping transatlantic responses to global challenges, while also underscoring our unique cultural connections.

In the midst of the historic coronavirus pandemic, the transatlantic community continues to face mounting pressure from aggressive autocrats, economic and technological challenges, and internal doubts about democracy’s ability to address present needs. Yet democracy, unity, and cooperation remain key pillars that will help our community address these global challenges and build lasting resilience. The United States and Central Europe are natural partners in enabling transatlantic action to build a more secure, democratic, and prosperous future.

This event series builds upon the Council’s 2020 Central Europe Week, “Charting a post-COVID-19 future together.” The conversations throughout the week will explore themes including defense cooperation, Three Seas, and post-COVID-19 resilience, featuring high-level policymakers, experts, and cultural figures from across the US and Central Europe.

Video Playlist


Monday, November 15

Time of EventEvent
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ESTPanel: Responding to transatlantic challenges: The Belarus border crisis

Tuesday, November 16

Time of EventEvent
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ESTSpotlight Interview: A conversation with H.E. Mark Boris Andrijanič and H.E. Petr Očko on accelerating regional digitalization for long-term resilience

Wednesday, November 17

Time of EventEvent
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ESTPanel: Energy resilience and the Three Seas Initiative
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ESTPanel: Innovation as a tool for building economic resilience, co-hosted with GLOBSEC

Thursday, November 18

Time of EventEvent
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. ESTSpotlight: A Conversation with Mr. Péter Márki-Zay, newly elected leader of the Hungarian opposition
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST Panel: Defending the west: US-Central European defense cooperation for a stronger transatlantic alliance

Friday, November 19

Time of EventEvent
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ESTPanel: Navigating the next geopolitical challenges, co-hosted with Equilibrium Institute


Additional speakers to be confirmed

Special Remarks

H.E. Adina Vălean

European Commissioner for Transport

“We learned the value of resilient connectivity at the height of the Covid crisis when uncoordinated actions nearly halted supply chains…Now, as we gradually emerge from pandemic restrictions, we need to embed resilience in transport.”


Issue briefs and reports

Oct 19, 2020

The United States and Central Europe: A road map for a democratic post-pandemic agenda

By Daniel Fried, Jakub Wiśniewski, Denise Forsthuber, Alena Kudzko

“The United States and Central Europe: A Road Map for a Democratic Post-Pandemic Agenda” outlines these themes and advocates for a common US-Central European agenda in seeking a better post-COVID-19 world.

Central Europe Coronavirus


Oct 28, 2020

Digitalization in Central and Eastern Europe: Building regional cooperation

By The Atlantic Council Task Force on Digitalization in Central and Eastern Europe and the Three Seas Initiative

Digitalization has been heralded as “the next engine of growth” for the economies of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the idea that digitalization can transform the region’s economic model has never been more relevant than amid the current coronavirus pandemic.

Central Europe Digital Policy

Recap 2020 Central Europe Week

Charting a post COVID-19 future together

Catch up on last year’s virtual Central Europe Week exploring how the United States and Central Europe can together help shape a common post-COVID-19 agenda.

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