Future of Visegrad cooperation – Closing lecture

Voices and Values

Danuta Glondys, director of the Villa Decius Association, held a session the last day which was  sharing of personal attitudes and recommendations. She thanked the participants for their engagement and endurance. Then, she presented them the announced priorities of the current Polish Presidency of the Visegrad Group (July 2016-June 2017), especially the approach to demographical challenges, efforts towards Neighbourhood and Enlargement Policy as well as energy cooperation and cooperation with non-European partners. “Some parts are very good, some are weaker“, Danuta Glondys commented on the policy. She is convinced that the V4 countries have a strong voice in the European Union.

In the further course of the session, she presented the participants scholarship programmes of the International Visegrad Fund strongly encouraging them to apply, and she argued how important is collaboration with people and institutions for the success of international projects. Taking a strong stand for her values and convictions (shared by her staff, as she added), she also gave some insights concerning the diverse programmes of the Villa Decius which support cultural dialogue on a macroregional level.

Especially moving and a further prove of her moral values were the personal travel experiences Danuta Glondys – a passionate traveller – shared with her audience in the end of the session. Referring to Namibians she met, Danuta Glondys remarked: “I wish that every person who comes to V4 countries would be treated the way I was by them. … Listen to their voices, pay attention!“


by Jill-Francis Käthliz