On January 25, 2007, GMF's Brussels office hosted a seminar on the role and contribution that Central Europe can make in shaping the future Eastern policy of the European Union. The public seminar was opened by Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg and followed by a panel discussion with the directors of several leading Visegrad think thinks -- former EU Commissioner Péter Balázs (Director, Center for EU Enlargement Studies - CENS, Budapest), Eugeniusz Smolar , (President, Center for International Relations - CIR, Warsaw) and Jirí Schneider (Program Director, Prague Security Studies
On Wednesday, January 24, the German Marshall Fund's Economic and Foreign Policy programs jointly hosted a panel discussion on "Ukraine's Integration into the Global Economy: The impact of Freedom House rankings and Millennium Challenge Corporation Threshold Agreements." The panel included Monica Kladakis, Managing Director of the Threshold Program at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and Christopher Walker, Director of Studies at Freedom House. The respondent was Anders Aslund, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. John K.