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City Consultations: Slovakia – Challenges, Needs and Priorities of Bratislava and Žilina

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Strong Cities conducted a threats and opportunities mapping exercise to inform future Network engagement in Slovakia and the wider region.

In partnership with Partners for Democratic Change Slovakia, and made possible with funding from the US Embassy in Bratislava, the Strong Cities Network Central Management Unit conducted a mapping exercise of the threat landscape and the P/CVE needs and priorities of cities in the Slovak Republic. The exercise was conducted through interviews and consultations with the municipal governments of Bratislava and Žilina, and representatives from national government, including NAKA (the national crime agency), the Ministry of Interior’s Crime Prevention Department, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and representatives from Civil Society Organisations.

Key themes that emerged from the exercise included the role of cities in safeguarding local communities and local democracy against the dynamic threats posed by extremism, hate and disinformation and wider anti-government agitation. Compounding these challenges, cities in the region are additionally confronted with the fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, most notably with the responsibility to support and integrate Ukrainian refugees, which will likely be exploited as a wedge issue for extremist actors in the region.

Key Findings & Recommendations

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