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11 Jan 2023

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Palace of Westminster, London, UK


In cooperation with the Aston Centre for Europe, UKICE is holding an event to assess the relationship between the UK and Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

When the UK was an EU member state, the countries of Central Europe were often amongst its closest allies. The UK experienced substantial labour migration from the region – and today has thriving expatriate communities. Now the UK has left the EU, it is timely to reflect on the current status of those relationships. In what way can Central European countries still cooperate fruitfully with the UK? What position should the UK adopt on “rule of law” issues in Poland and Hungary? How has the war in Ukraine affected these relationships?

This event brings together leading experts and commentators to take stock of the relationship and discuss how it could and should develop in the coming years.


  • Stephen Hammond MP (Conservative MP for Wimbledon, Chair)
  • Vladimir Bilcik MEP (Slovak Member of the European Parliament)
  • Monika Brusenbauch Meislova (Associate Professor, Masaryk University, Brno / Visiting Professor, Aston University)
  • Aleks Szczerbiak (Professor of Politics, University of Sussex)

If you would like to attend, please register using this Google form

The event will be in Committee Room 6, House of Commons



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