Bratislava, October 7th, 2022. Various ministers from the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region, alongside heads of international organizations, and public and private sector representatives, meet today at the GLOBSEC Tatra Summit 2022, where they will examine how to overcome the new economic reality.

This year’s Tatra Summit, focused on Defining Europe’s Future with: Central and Eastern Europe in the Driver’s Seat, will take place between the 7th and  9th  of October. This year’s edition convenes at a crucial time with more than 200 public figures, global and business leaders meeting in person to address current economic issues, including the impact of the looming recession on the region, Europe’s energy autonomy and security, and CEE innovation, notwithstanding other pressing challenges.

Among the most prominent guests are Mathias Cormann, Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); Kadri Simson, Commissioner for Energy, European Commission; Riccardo Puliti, Vice President for Infrastructure, World Bank; and Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency.

The Summit will serve as the leading platform for CEE representatives to debate necessary actions and policies to effectively navigate the present turning point in Europe’s economic status against the negative predictions for the first quarter of 2023 and the threat of a recession as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues to increase pressure on the energy sector.  

The Russian war in Ukraine marks the beginning of the new geopolitical era, with significant impact reverberating on the world’s economy. In addition, the conflict places Central and Eastern Europe in a global spotlight. As a reponse, coordinated actions across CEE are essential to face the new economic challenges. Therefore, I am proud that we are able to host a number of important heads of international organizations alongside regional government representatives and industry leaders, to look for solutions to these issues , ” commented President of GLOBSEC Róbert Vass.

This year’s 11th edition of the Tatra Summit will once again take place at Štrbské Pleso. Held in an informal and hospitable setting in the High Tatra mountains, it has become an indispensable meeting place for key governmental and EU decision-makers, experts, and top business representatives.

The tradition of organizing the Tatra Summit dates back to 2011. Since then, many famous names have visited Slovakia, such as Kristalina Georgieva, Margrethe Vestager, Olaf Scholz, Donald Tusk, José Ángel Gurría, Wolfgang Schäuble and many others. The strategic partners of this year’s Tatra Summit are the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic.