The Jagello 2000 Association is the main Czech subject of public diplomacy in the field of security policy and membership of the Czech Republic in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, but it also participates in projects focused on the European Union. The main goal of the association is to raise awareness among the general and professional public about security policy and transatlantic relations.
It was founded in Ostrava after the accession of the Czech Republic and Poland to NATO, which the founders, coming from the North Moravia and Silesia region, perceived as a unique opportunity to build Czech-Polish relations and the promotion of this newly formed alliance was the primary goal of the association’s existence in the first years.
However, as early as 2001, the first year of NATO Day in Ostrava was held, the natoaktual.cz information portal was launched and the Aliante high school competition took place for the first time. A year later, Jagello 2000 also became the operator of the NATO Information Centre, and with these projects, which are still alive, except of Aliante, its activities have shifted to Euro-Atlantic area.
Thanks to this, Jagello 2000 also participated in organizing an accompanying program for the NATO Summit in Prague and a year later it was intensively involved in the information campaign on the referendum on the Czech Republic’s accession to the European Union. This established it in the Czech environment and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs then chose it as a partner for projects in Serbia and Montenegro and Ukraine, whose aim is to present the Czech Republic as a partner and ally in the process of integration into Euro-Atlantic structures.
On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Czech Republic’s accession to NATO, the first national conference “Our Security Cannot Be Taken for Granted” was held in 2014, but due to significant feedback and demand it has been held annually since and firmly anchored in the portfolio of Jagello 2000 activities.
Jagello 2000 made use of its experience in organizing NATO Days in Ostrava when it became co-organizer of the Čáslav AFB Open Day.
In November 2003, Jagello 2000 was elected representative of the Czech Republic in the Atlantic Treaty Association. Since 2009, Jagello 2000 has been a member of the European Airshow Council as the main organizer of NATO Days in Ostrava.