In connection with the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19, we had to cancel the thirteenth year of the Model Conference for security reasons. However, the efforts of second-year students of the Faculty of International Relations did not end there, and the Faculty of International Relations of the University of Economics in Bratislava is proud to present The Proceedings of the Model Conference 2020 on which students used their knowledge acquired during negotiations and applied it in writing this document.

Dear guests, dear partners, dear supporters of the Model Conference of the Faculty of International Relations, Given the current situation regarding the measures against the spread of COVID-19, the management of the Faculty of International Relations had to proceed with the cancelation of the Model Conference 2020.

On Wednesday, 4th of December 2019, the first negotiations of individual sections of 2020 Model Conference took place in the Assembly Hall of the University of Economics. Students have had an opportunity to negotiate as a part of their preparation for the final conference that is to be held in April under the auspices of the President of the Slovak Republic.

On December 05, 2018, the second session of the Round Table of the Security Section was held with the ESET's Chief Operating Officer Mr. Palo Luka. The main topic of the negotiations was cyber security on the territory of Slovakia. Students discussed about international cooperation of OSCE countries and IT companies. Next topic of the discussion was international cooperation, in which companies are helping together against cyber attacks. The students also discussed the protection of people and the voluntary dissemination of information, where they concluded that users often do not realize the risks of misuse of information they provide on the Internet. During the discussion, Mr. Palo Luka clarified the focus of ESET, which aims, among other things, to educate internet users and to warn them of the potential danger they are facing on the Internet.

On November 22, 2018, the Round Table of the Economic Section was held with the invited guest Mr. Matej Šimalčík from the Institute of Asian Studies, who is dealing with Chinese influence in Europe. Mr. Šimalčík approached the current position of Chinese investments in the countries of the European Union and in the "16 + 1" countries. During the discussion the participants came to the conclusion that thanks to the investments from China there is a great potential in this region.

The guest of the first round table discussion, organized by the Security Section of the Model Conference of the Faculty of International Relations, 2019, was Mr. Martin Vereš, Head of the Information and Cyber Security Department of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. Mr. Vereš shared with us interesting insights from the area of cyber security and explained what this term means. The students discussed the spread of false information as a cyber threat and how the state authorities are fighting potential cyber attacks. In the past, Slovakia faced cyber attacks from abroad. Nowadays, Slovakia is fighting with cyber attacks and threats with the help from ESET, one of the most renowned companies, which works with state authorities.