Bratislava June 11, 2013 – Twenty presidents of the countries of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe are meeting in Bratislava at the 18th Central Europe Summit of Heads of State on June 12 – 13, 2013. Participation has also been confirmed by twelve wives and one husband of the Presidents. All participants will be staying in Kempinski Hotel River Park Bratislava.
“We truly appreciate that we have repeatedly become a part of such a significant event as the Central Europe Presidential Summit. We are pleased that another one of Kempinski hotels, Kempinski Hotel River Park, is becoming a centre of both cultural and political life,” said Branislav Babík, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Best Hotel Properties a.s. (BHP). “It is already the second presidential summit for the Best Hotel Properties group portfolio hotels. Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras in Štrbské Pleso hosted the V4 Countries Presidential Summit in May 2012,” Babík added.
As it is the greatest protocolary event in the history of independent Slovakia, safety measures in the hotel have been adapted accordingly. Approximately thirty cooks are going to work in the kitchen during the presidential summit overall. “Ten cooks and confectioners are going to prepare breakfast from selected fresh foodstuff for guests so that the demanding hygienic regulations are met,” Bjoern Juhnke, Chef of Kempinski Hotel River Park specified the preparation of food for business breakfast. As he added, all food products used for meals preparation have to be marked with the date of production and expiration. No “uncooked” products like “bryndza”, raw fish or raw eggs can appear on the breakfast table.
The President of SR Ivan Gašparovič will be the summit host. The motto of presidential negotiations will be “Post-Crisis Recovery Through the Strategy of Growth”. The summit will be opened by a concert of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra in Reduta in Bratislava. The second summit day, Thursday of June 13, 2013, will begin by business breakfast of thirteen presidents of the European Union member states and Croatia in the Kempinski Hotel River Park. Heads of state will discuss the role of so-called new EU member states and their added value for the European community.
The participation in the 2013 Slovakia Summit has been confirmed by the presidents of Austria, Romania, Montenegro, Estonia, Macedonia, Lithuania, Croatia, Ukraine, Poland, Latvia, Bulgaria, Moldavia, Hungary, Serbia, Albania, Slovenia, the Czech Republic as well as the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Atifete Jahjaga from Kosovo. Herman Van Rompuy, the Chairman of the European Commission, will participate in the programme in Reduta in Bratislava on the first day of the event.