· Social Reforms: Solutions to Problems of Poverty and Unemployment
In January 2003, the Conservative Institute and the Association for Social Reform (ASR) organised the conference Social reforms: Solutions to Problems of Poverty and Unemployment. Peter Gonda (CI), Bill Baker (Association for Social Reform), Pavel Hanšut (ASR), Ján Hero (Ministry of Education), Ján Králik (Ministry of Health), Peter Tatár (SKOI), Helena Woleková (Foundation SOCIA), Oľga Reptová (M.E.S.A. 10), Martin Valentovič (M.E.S.A. 10) and Slávka Mačáková (ETP Slovakia) presented their contributions dealing with various aspects of social policy and ongoing social reforms and focused on unemployment and poverty issues.
· Economic Aspects of the Slovak Membership in the EU
In February 2003, the Conservative Institute held the conference Economic Aspects of the Slovak Membership in the EU in Bratislava. Peter Gonda (CI), Oľga Reptová (M.E.S.A. 10), Martin Barto (Slovenská sporiteľňa), Martin Valentovič (M.E.S.A. 10), Milan Šikula (Slovak Academy of Sciences), Martin Štefunko (Austrian Economy Institute), Denisa Čiderová (European Studies Center) and Petr Mach (CEP) presented their constribution at the conference.
Results of the project Economic Impacts of the Accession of Slovakia to the EU, implemented by the Conservative Institute in 2002, were also presented at the conference and the presentation was followed by a debate on positive aspects, risks and implications of the accession of the SR to the EU particularly with regard to political and economic impacts.
· Slovakia to the EU: Yes or No?
In April 2003, the Conservative Institute held the conference Slovakia to the EU: Yes or No? František Šebej (a guarantor of analytical section of the Conservative Institute dealing with foreign policy), Vladimír Palko (the Minister of Interior), Ján Čarnogurský (an advocate, former Prime Minister of Slovak Republic), Peter Zajac (the President of the Conservative Institute), Milan Krajniak (Christian Democratic Movement), Jaroslav Daniška (a co-worker of the Conservative Institute) and Martin Hanus (an editor of the weekly newspaper Domino Forum) presented their contributions at the conference.
The conference objective was to arouse a debate on overal positive and negative sides of the accession to the EU. The last issue of the magazine Conservative Views on Society and Politics focusing on the accession related aspects was also presented at the conference.
· The EU Constitutional Treaty Draft
In October 2003 the Conservative Institute organised a conference The EU Constitutional Treaty Draft in Bratislava. Martin Hanus (an editor of the weekly newspaper Domino Forum), František Šebej (a foreign policy analyst and publicist, Domino Forum), Peter Tatár (SKOI), Peter Zajac (the President of the CI), Štefan Hríb (an editor-in-chief, Domino Forum), Ernest Valko (an advocate) and Jaroslav Daniška (a co-worker of the Conservative Institute) presented their views.
The EU Constitutional Treaty Draft elaborated by the European Convention focusing on future of the EU which served as a base for debates at the Inter-Governmental Conference of the EU in 2003 was discussed at the conference as well as an official stance of the Slovak Republic towards this document.
· Is There Any Future for NATO?
On December 8, 2003 the Conservative Institute held a conference Is There Any Future for NATO? in Bratislava. František Šebej (a foreign policy analyst and editor of the newspaper Domino Forum), Peter Burian (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, former Ambassador of the SR to NATO), Peter Švec, (Ministry of Defence), Tomáš Zálešák (a political scientist and advisor to the Chairman of the Parliament (The National Council of the SR)) and Ivo Samson (a foreign policy analyst, the Slovak Foreign Policy Association) presented their contributions at the conference.