Slovakia will host a meeting of Heads of State of the Bucharest 9

On Thursday, February 28, 2019, President of the Slovak Republic Andrej Kiska will host a meeting of Heads of State of the Bucharest 9 (B9) countries - Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will also participate in the meeting.

The main objective of the event initiated by President Kiska is to commemorate the 70th anniversary of NATO, as well as the 15th and 20th anniversary of the entry of the B9 countries into NATO.

Heads of State will discuss the current security situation in Europe and its neighbourhood. Two guest speakers, Edward Lucas, a renowned analyst on hybrid threats and former editor of the weekly The Economist, and Miriam Lexmann, director of the European branch of the International Republican Institute in Brussels, were also invited to the presidential debate on issues related to cyber threats, spreading disinformation and propaganda.

On the occasion of the presidents' meeting, a memorial will be unveiled commemorating above-mentioned important anniversaries.
Official program:

08:30 - 09:30 Arrival of accredited journalists
- Košice, Kasárne / Kulturpark, entrance from Skladná Street
09:30 - President Andrej Kiska meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
- Košice, DoubleTree by Hilton
- official photographers only
10:45 Presidents and NATO SecGen arrive at the B9 meeting
- Košice, Kasárne / Kulturpark
- photo
11:15 First plenary session: "Security situation in Europe, its neighbourhood and beyond - implications for NATO adaptation"
- photo
12:30 Joint family photo
12:45 Lunch hosted by the President of the Slovak Republic
- official photographers only
14:15 Unveiling ceremony – memorial commemorating the B9 Presidents' Meeting and the 70th Anniversary of NATO
- photo
14:45 Second plenary session: "Hybrid threats – building resilience"
- photo
16:30 Joint press conference by the Presidents of Slovakia, Romania and Poland
19:00 Cultural event: Experimental dance theater of the State Theater Košice – “Anne Frank's diary”