Jaroslav Kovac

Jaroslav Kovac has been working at Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic since 1999. I graduate of the Trnava University – subject social work. I started collect my experiences at the Ministry in 1999 at the State Family Policy Department. I have participated on twinning projects with Spain and Sweden in the field of coordination of social security systems on behalf of the Ministry. Since 2007 I am in charge and responsible for state coordination of application of the coordination regulations of the EU. I managed in 2009 the project “Reinforcement of administrative structures for the coordination of social security schemes in light of rulings of the European Court of Justice” for Slovakian site of the project as a project leader. During the Slovak Presidency in the Council of the EU in 2016, I was acting as a President of the Administrative Commission and project leader for MISSOC meeting in Bratislava.
Michal Vašečka

PhDr. Michal Vašečka, PhD. (1972) is sociologist by background and focuses his interests on issues of ethnicity, race, and migration studies. He is a director of Bratislava Policy Institute and operates also at the Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts since 2015 and at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno since 2002. As a visiting scholar he operated at the New School University in New York (1996-1997) and at the University of London (1998), in 2008-2009 he lectured at the Georgetown University in Washington, DC, in 2015 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, in 2016 he was a scholar-in-residence in the ISGAP at Oxford University. Michal Vašečka is a founder of the Center for the Research of Ethnicity and Culture, he served a director of the CVEK in the period from January 2006 to May 2012. In 1998-2005 he operated at the Slovak think-tank Institute of Public Affairs as a program director on expert analysis of the Slovak transformation process with a focus on national minorities and the state of civil society in Slovakia. He has been a consultant for the World Bank in 2000-2008 and in 2011-2012. Since 2012 Michal Vašečka serves as a representative of the Slovak republic in the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), human rights body of the Council of Europe. He served as chairman of the Board of the Fulbright Commission in Slovakiain 2010-2017. Michal Vašečka serves as a non-resident research associate at the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg.