Czernin Palace, Prague / Online
18-19 November 2020

Prague European Summit 2020

News List

Programme

08:00

Early Bird Session: Digitalization in Education and its Challenges. In cooperation with the Embassy of Germany in Prague / Vít Havelka, Maximilian Müller-Härlin, Viviane Hoffmann, Peter Karlberg, Michaela Šojdrová, Christoph Israng

The societal impact of the fourth industrial revolution -digitalization,  the advent of  AI  and automation of jobs, among others -cannot be overstated. Simultaneously, COVID-19 may have accelerated these developments due to the massive disruptions borne by the pandemic-reality of social distancing. At the heart of these tumultuous developments lies human vulnerabilities, particularly for those on the lower rungs of society's proverbial ladder, placing great emphasis on strengthening education systems to adapt to the world of tomorrow and ensure societal cohesion amidst disruptive challenges.

  • H.E. Christoph Israng, Ambassador of Germany to the Czech Republic
  • Viviane Hoffmann, Deputy Director-General, DG for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, European Commission
  • Peter Karlberg, Director of Education, Swedish National Agency for Education
  • Michaela Šojdrová, Member of the Committee on Culture and Education, European Parliament
  • Maximilian Müller-Härlin, Head of Division for Digitalization, Strategies for the Knowledge-Based Society, Coordination at Federal Ministry for Education and Research of Germany

Moderator: Vít Havelka, Research Fellow, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Profiles: Vít Havelka, Maximilian Müller-Härlin, Viviane Hoffmann, Peter Karlberg, Michaela Šojdrová, Christoph Israng
09:20

Opening Ceremony

Musical Performance: Fritz Kreisler - Preludium a Allegro

Profiles:
09:30

Words of Welcome / Vladimír Bartovic, Ondřej Ditrych, Tomáš Petříček

  • Tomáš Petříček, Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
  • Vladimír Bartovic, Director, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy
  • Ondřej Ditrych, Director, Institute of International Relations 
Profiles: Vladimír Bartovic, Ondřej Ditrych, Tomáš Petříček
09:50

Towards a new Europe? European leadership and autonomy amidst global upheaval / Federica Mogherini, Tomáš Lindner

  • Federica Mogherini, Rector, College of Europe & former High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Moderator: Tomáš Lindner, Respekt

Profiles: Federica Mogherini, Tomáš Lindner
10:15

A Future for the EU after the Post-Pandemic Crisis #EU Leadership / Ivan Korčok, Anže Logar, Tomáš Petříček, Alexander Schallenberg, Rob Cameron

With borders closed for significant part of the year and with all EU countries in an economic downturn and having a difficult time dealing with the economic consequences, the EU is facing a crisis likely unparalleled since the end of World War II. Political and economic fault-lines have reopened and fears that tensions over the cost of the looming economic depression could feed nationalism and far-right populism. Some European leaders have warned that the current crisis calls into question the continued relevance of the political and economic bloc and the EU itself is at risk of falling apart. Simply said, the pandemic has shown the fragility of our societies. The panel seek to answer how can political leaders in Europe come together to reconstruct a hopeful future for the EU and beyond. Should new competences be transferred to the EU, for instance, in the fields of crisis management, digitalisation, cyber security or environmental policy? How to prevent the divergence between the Eurozone countries and the rest of the EU? How can the EU play a constructive global role when internal division and centrifugal forces take root? How can the EU improve its crisis management tools, at a time when the pandemic has turned into a global crisis, encompassing both socioeconomic and political disruption?

  • H.E. Ivan Korčok, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovak Republic
  • H.E. Anže Logar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia
  • H.E. Tomáš Petříček, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
  • H.E. Alexander Schallenberg, Minister for European and International Affairs of Austria

Moderator: Rob Cameron, BBC Correspondent

Profiles: Ivan Korčok, Anže Logar, Tomáš Petříček, Alexander Schallenberg, Rob Cameron
11:25

Break

Profiles:
11:45

Green Transformation as an Economic Opportunity / Naser Nuredini, Masamichi Kono, Maria Demertzis, Bruno Pozzi, Linda Zeilina, Helena König

A green transformation presents a wealth of opportunities for societies and economies. The job growth in the energy sector favours renewables, the circular economy empowers stakeholders to make more with less, and new industries and enterprises can rise to prominence with stronger citizen involvement. Furthermore, increasing climate awareness affects consumer and even voting behaviours, providing a new avenue both economically and societally for climate-conscious actors. Countries which have already started their transformations are reaping rewards in terms of focused R&D investment returns and citizen participation in an economy closer to the ‘people on the ground’. What are the challenges? What are the costs of not embarking on an ambitious green transformation right now for citizens, industry and society as a whole?

  • Naser Nuredini, Minister of Environment and Physical Planning, Republic of North Macedonia
  • Maria Demertzis, Deputy Director, Bruegel
  • Masamichi Kono, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD
  • Helena König, Deputy Director-General, DG TRADE, European Commission
  • Bruno Pozzi, Regional Director for Europe, UN Environment Programme

Moderator: Linda Zeilina, Founder and CEO, International Sustainable Finance Center

Profiles: Naser Nuredini, Masamichi Kono, Maria Demertzis, Bruno Pozzi, Linda Zeilina, Helena König
13:00

Closed Lunch Discussion (upon special invitation only)

  • Closed Lunch Discussion: Diplomacy 4.0 (upon special invitation only)
Profiles:
14:05

Video Message from Christina Bache / Christina Bache

  • Christina Bache, Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science, IDEAS
Profiles: Christina Bache
14:15

Muddling of Geopolitics and Economics: The Way Forwards for the EU #EU Foreign Policy / Péter Balázs, Ana Palacio, Koert Debeuf, Urmas Paet

​Recent developments in international politics, particularly those during the COVID-19 pandemic, are characterised by a new era of great power rivalry and geopolitical competition with increasing weaponisation of economic, financial, migration, energy, and cultural tools to achieve strategic and foreign-policy goals. Such tools have traditionally played a limited role in foreign policy. However, neither China, Russia nor the United States now separate these tools from foreign policy. As the world descends into geopolitical competition, other powers increasingly challenge European countries' ability to defend their interests and values. How should the EU respond to these challenges? How can the EU strengthen the rules-based multilateral order? Should the EU stand ready to use economic retaliation measures in response to international developments with which it disagrees? Should the international role of the euro and the economic and monetary union be strengthened, and if so how? Should the EU mobilise its competition instruments and expand its competition policy beyond its borders?

  • Péter Balázs, Professor, Central European University; former EU Commissioner & Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary
  • Urmas Paet, Vice-chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, European Parliament; former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
  • Ana Palacio, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain

Moderator: Koert Debeuf, Editor in Chief, EUobserver

Profiles: Péter Balázs, Ana Palacio, Koert Debeuf, Urmas Paet
15:05

PES Talk by Justyna Orlowska / Justyna Orłowska

  • Justyna Orlowska, Prime Minister's High Representative for Government Technology, Poland
Profiles: Justyna Orłowska
15:25

The European Green Deal: A Fresh Wind for the EU’s Global Climate Leadership #EU Leadership / Vessela Tcherneva, , , Pavel Zámyslický, Dušan Chrenek, Ambroise Fayolle

Under the new president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, the EU is heading towards climate neutrality. As outlined in the Long-Term Strategy and von der Leyen’s Green Deal, the EU should become the first block of developed countries to aspire to net zero emissions by 2050 – a goal, according to scientists, the world should embrace if we are to prevent warming beyond 1,5°C. While achieving net zero emissions will require commitment, investment and political will, it also presents the EU with opportunities. How can we ensure that all member states will support this vision and the EU will start moving swiftly towards its climate goal? What should the roadmap of the EU’s decarbonization look like? How will the COVID-19 pandemic impact the EU’s climate ambition, and can the Green Deal serve as a basis for sustainable economic recovery?

  • Ambroise Fayolle, Vice-President, European Investment Bank
  • Dušan Chrenek, Principal Advisor, Directorate-General for Climate Action, European Commission
  • Vessela Tcherneva, Deputy Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, Head of Sofia Office
  • Pavel Zámyslický, Director, Department of Climate Change, Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic

Moderator: Ivan Hodáč, Founder and President, Aspen Institute Central Europe

Profiles: Vessela Tcherneva, , , Pavel Zámyslický, Dušan Chrenek, Ambroise Fayolle
16:35

Video Message from Magnús Jóhannesson: Plastics in the Ocean / Magnús Jóhannesson

  • Magnús Jóhannesson, Special Adviser for Arctic Affairs of the Icelandic Chairmanship to the Arctic Council
 
 

 

 

Profiles: Magnús Jóhannesson
16:45

Break

Profiles:
16:55

Chat: Post-COVID-19 Recovery as an Opportunity for a Stronger Europe: Perspective from the Western Balkans / Nikola Dimitrov, Tomáš Lindner

  • H.E. Nikola Dimitrov, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia

Moderator: Tomáš Lindner, Respekt

Profiles: Nikola Dimitrov, Tomáš Lindner
17:20

Video Message from Edward Lucas / Edward Lucas

  • Edward Lucas, British journalist and writer
 
 

 

 

Profiles: Edward Lucas
17:25

Main Hall: Transatlantic Relations beyond repair? - What to expect from the US 2020 Presidential Elections #EU Foreign Policy and Security / Steven Blockmans, James Appathurai, Anna Wieslander, Rikard Jozwiak, Andris Pelšs

The Trump administration will no doubt leave a lasting impression on the Transatlantic relations. While the outcome of the elections is to be determined, the last four years have been a turbulent period. From clashing views on relations with China and Russia, to diverging stances on migration, trade, security and, more recently, on the handling of the pandemic, the US and EU have stood more divided than together on global issues. As the US retreats from the global stage and withdraw from multilateral frameworks that once bound the transatlantic relationship, can the EU emerge as a global leader? How will the next US administration relations with Europe resemble? Or are relations between the US and EU irreparably damaged?

  • James Appathurai, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, NATO
  • Steven Blockmans, Director, CEPS
  • Andris Pelšs, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Latvia
  • Anna Wieslander, Director for Northern Europe in the Future Europe Initiative, Atlantic Council & Secretary General, Swedish Defence Association & Chairman, Institute for Security and Development Policy

Moderator: Rikard Jozwiak, Europe Editor, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Profiles: Steven Blockmans, James Appathurai, Anna Wieslander, Rikard Jozwiak, Andris Pelšs
17:25

Mirror Hall: EU Recovery Plan from the Visegrad Perspective #Economy / Vladimír Bartovic, Milena Hrdinková, ,

Amid an unprecedented health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent economic ramifications, the European Council agreed on the new post-2020 MFF and a Next Generation EU recovery fund worth €750 billion. There are, however, several challenges yet to be overcome – the European Parliament needs to consent with the European Council plan, and sectoral legislation must be enacted in order to start full operation of the EU budget. Furthermore, some issues, such as the Rule of Law provision were only outlined in the July European Council meeting conclusions. What does the agreement on the MFF and Recovery Fund mean for the EU? How will the EU proceed with discussion over the Rule of Law provision? Are there any significant losers of the MFF negotiations, which might lead to disruption in the future?

  • László Andor, Secretary General, Foundation for European Progressive Studies
  • Milena Hrdinková, State Secretary for European Affairs, Office of the Government of the Czech Republic
  • Emilia Skrok, Program Leader for the Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions Global Practice, World Bank

Moderator: Vladimír Bartovic, Director, EUROPEUM

Profiles: Vladimír Bartovic, Milena Hrdinková, ,
18:30

Vision for Europe Award Ceremony / Tomáš Petříček, Federica Mogherini, Margot Wallström

18:30 – 18:45 Musical Performance

  • Ladislav Bilan –“Intro pro dvě pandeira”
  • Matěj Diviš, Antonín Procházka –“La Noche en el Jardín”
  • Cassidy Byars –“Marching Parade

 

18:45 –19:15 Vision for Europe speech

Laudatio: H.E.Tomáš Petříček, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

  • Federica Mogherini, Rector, College of Europe & former High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
  • Margot Wallström, former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden

 

 

 

Profiles: Tomáš Petříček, Federica Mogherini, Margot Wallström
08:00

Early Bird Session: COVID-19 as an Opportunity for a Fresh Approach to EU Enlargement. In cooperation with the Embassy of Slovenia in Prague / Vessela Tcherneva, Tonino Picula, Peter Grk, Tanja Strniša, Jana Juzová

EU Enlargement has been put back on the EU’s agenda. The growing influence of Russia and China in the Western Balkans has underlined the importance of a strong EU presence to ensuring progress of the region's European aspirations. Thus, the EU's engagement must be strengthened. With the release of the 2020 Enlargement Package, the European Commission also introduced an ambitious Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans aimed at boosting their economies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Will the EU be able to keep the momentum in the enlargement process amid the disruptions caused bythe COVID-19 pandemic? What impact will the 2020 elections in Serbia, North Macedonia and Montenegro have on their respective EU accession processes? Can the Economic and Investment Plan really help to better integrate the region into the EU?

  • H.E. Tanja Strniša, Ambassador of Slovenia to the Czech Republic
  • Peter Grk, National Coordinator for the Western Balkans, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia & Secretary-General, Bled Strategic Forum
  • Tonino Picula, Delegation for Bosnia & Hercegovina and Kosovo, European Parliament
  • Vessela Tcherneva, Deputy Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, Head of Sofia Office

Moderator: Jana Juzová, Research Fellow, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Profiles: Vessela Tcherneva, Tonino Picula, Peter Grk, Tanja Strniša, Jana Juzová
09:30

Opening Musical Performance

Jean-Baptiste Arban - Le Carnaval de Venise

Profiles:
09:40

Welcome Notes / Ingeborg Radok Žádná, Martin Kastler

  • Ingeborg Radok Žádná, Vice-Rector for International Relations and Artistic Activity, The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague
  • Martin Kastler, Resident Representative and Regional Director, the Hanns Seidel Foundation in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary
Profiles: Ingeborg Radok Žádná, Martin Kastler
09:50

Video Message from Tom Steyer / Tom Steyer

  • Tom Steyer, Philanthropist and Climate Activist
Profiles: Tom Steyer
10:00

Green Transitioning: What Role Can Industry Play Towards an Ambitious Sustainable Industrial Strategy for 2030 and 2050? #Economy / Ulrike Rabmer-Koller, Claudia Olsson, Nilgün Tas, Gerd Lippold, Tomáš Jungwirth

Industry is at the heart of several transformations: decarbonisation of the entire industrial and energy sector, automation, robotisation, and digitalisation. These potentially disruptive developments mandate the EU to ensure an inclusive, and socially and societally responsible transformation to the benefit of citizens. The industrial transformation will thus present both risks and opportunities; countries that adapt and develop their value-chains towards circular economies, R&D expenditures and services will become leaders while recalcitrant countries will find themselves left behind. Achieving ambitious targets will require breakthrough policies at EU level and coordinated efforts at all governance levels. How can industry become a more active and constructive player in green transitioning? What are the opportunities and risks for industries, and the societies in which they operate?

  • Gerd Lippold, State Secretary for Energy, Climate Protection, Environment and Agriculture of Saxony, Germany
  • Claudia Olsson, CEO, Stellar Capacity
  • Ulrike Rabmer-Koller, Vice President, SMEunited
  • Nilgün Taş, Deputy Director, United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Moderator: Tomáš Jungwirth, Association for International Affairs

Profiles: Ulrike Rabmer-Koller, Claudia Olsson, Nilgün Tas, Gerd Lippold, Tomáš Jungwirth
11:15

Message from Young Leaders / Dénes András Nagy, Martina Větrovcová

  • Dénes András Nagy & Martina Větrovcová
Profiles: Dénes András Nagy, Martina Větrovcová
11:35

Europe in Crisis: Role of the EU in the Times of COVID-19 / Filip Nerad, Janez Lenarčič

  • Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management, European Commission

Moderator: Filip Nerad, Czech Radio

 
 

 

 

Profiles: Filip Nerad, Janez Lenarčič
12:00

Video Message from Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga: Female Leadership in Times of Crisis / Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga

  • Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, Former President of Latvia
Profiles: Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga
12:00

Closed Lunch Discussions (upon special invitation only)

  • Closed Lunch Discussion: Greening the Common Agricultural Policy (upon special invitation only)
  • Closed Lunch Discussion: Europe and Sustainable Finance (upon special invitation only)
Profiles:
13:00

PES Talk by Janez Potočnik: Natural Resources Management for Environment-Positive Trade / Janez Potočnik

  • Janez Potočnik, Co-Chair of UN Environment Programme International Resource Panel
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13:15

Using Trade Policy to Tackle Climate Change and Protect Environment / Stéphane Dion, Janez Potočnik, Geneviève Pons, Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, Koert Debeuf

Recent developments such as the Amazon forest fires highlight the need to attenuate tensions between resources needs and environmental protection. At the same time, the fraying multilateral order, amplified during the COVID-19 pandemic, means that it is that it is unlikely that efforts to ensure effective environmental protection will be primarily achieved on multilateral level. European leaders called for action in this regard, including withdrawals of trade privileges for partners who breach the agreed climate change and environmental standards. Which existing instruments of trade policy can the EU utilise to support sustainable development and ensure and strengthen the implementation of climate and environmental protection? Should the EU leverage trade agreements in order to achieve compliance with environmental and climate change standards? Or should the EU reconsider its approach to trade and environmental protection by, for instance, suspending trade preferences if there is evidence of non-compliance with the environmental standards?

  • Stéphane Dion, Special Envoy of PM Trudeau and Canada's Ambassador to Germany
  • Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, Executive Director, International Institute for Sustainable Development Europe
  • Geneviève Pons, Director General of Europe, Jacques Delors in Brussels
  • Janez Potočnik, Co-Chair of UN Environment Programme International Resource Panel

Moderator: Koert Debeuf, Editor in Chief, EUobserver

Profiles: Stéphane Dion, Janez Potočnik, Geneviève Pons, Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, Koert Debeuf
14:30

Main Hall: How Can the European Cities Help the Green Transition? #Society / Oliver Moody, Judith Blake, Zdeněk Hřib, Lilyana Pavlova, Jakub Dvořák

As urbanization accelerates due to increasing social mobility, and as economic growth in large cities often outpaces that of the rest of a given country, large cities occupy an increasingly important role in facilitating a sustainable green transition. Due to the multitude of discrepancies between rural areas and cities, it is increasingly hard to create uniform policies applicable to these diverse conditions. Thus, cities have to develop novel tools to tackle this responsibility and these associated challenges, often without prior policy experience or adequate policy support. Which best practices can cities adopt? What unique challenges do cities face in a green transition?

  • Judith Blake, Leader of Council and Executive Member for Economy and Culture, Leeds City Council
  • Jakub Dvořák, Country Manager for Czech Republic, Bolt
  • Zdeněk Hřib, Mayor of Prague
  • Lilyana Pavlova, Vice-President, European Investment Bank

Moderator: Oliver Moody, Berlin Correspondent, The Times

Profiles: Oliver Moody, Judith Blake, Zdeněk Hřib, Lilyana Pavlova, Jakub Dvořák
14:30

Mirror Hall: Democracy in Decline: Can Europe lead a Renaissance of Multilateralism and Democracy? In cooperation with FORUM 2000 / Christian Lequesne, Aleš Chmelař, Ondřej Ditrych

Over the past two decades, the world has faced and continues to face several destabilizing crises: climate change, the pandemic, the financial crisis and the migration crisis. These crises and their management or lack thereof has inexorably unraveled credibility and trust in both democracy and multilateral international order underpinning the post-Cold War international order, allowing authoritarian regimes such as China and Russia to resurge. As the Transatlantic partnership is fraying due to rising populism, the mantle of leadership in tackling the climate crisis and the pandemic falls onto Europe. Such responsibility provides both monumental challenges as well as unique opportunities for Europe to assert itself as a global leader in combatting the climate crisis. Europe has already highlighted its intent to meet these challenges through novel policy solutions, such as the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, which could pave the way for global changes. Can Europe lead a renaissance of multilateralism and democracy through green global leadership and efficient management of the pandemic? How can the EU overcome its internal divisions evidenced in disparate Member State responses to climate change and the pandemic? How can the EU leverage the strength of its single market and political soft power to spearhead new global political paradigms?

  • Aleš Chmelař, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for European Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
  • Christian Lequesne, Professor, Sciences Po & Chief Editor, European Review of International Studies

Moderator: Ondřej Ditrych, Director, Institute of International Relations Prague

Profiles: Christian Lequesne, Aleš Chmelař, Ondřej Ditrych
15:15

Break

Profiles:
15:25

Video Message from Teija Tiilikainen / Teija Tiilikainen

  • Teija Tiilikainen, Director, European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats
Profiles: Teija Tiilikainen
15:35

Mirror Hall: Decarbonisation and Just Transition: Rethinking the EU’s Approach #Society / Philippe Pochet, Jessica Johnson, Kristian Ruby, Nathalie Binet, Cristina Lobillo Borrero,

The EU’s climate targets create a challenging future task for EU countries and especially regions dependent on carbon-intensive industries. The current financing mechanisms available for transitioning to more sustainable economic models is unsatisfactory, with initiatives such as the Energy Transition Fund too small to make a real difference and the Globalisation Adjustment Fund procedures too complex. What lessons can be learnt from the successful just transition deal struck in Spain? How can the funding mechanisms be readjusted to empower local communities to transform their fossil-fuel-dependent livelihoods? What role can EU funding rules play, and which stakeholders should bear the main responsibility for the transitioning?

  • Nathalie Binet, Head of EIB Group Prague Office
  • Jessica Johnson, Communication & EU Stakeholders Director, Foratom
  • Cristina Lobillo Borrero, Director of Energy Policy Department, DG Energy, European Commission
  • Philippe Pochet, General Director, European Trade Union Institute
  • Kristian Ruby, Director, Eurelectric

Moderator: Aneta Zachová, Euractiv

Profiles: Philippe Pochet, Jessica Johnson, Kristian Ruby, Nathalie Binet, Cristina Lobillo Borrero,
15:35

Main Hall: How Can Democracy Re-invent itself in the Digital Age? #NT and Digital Age / Roland Freudenstein, Marietje Schaake, Aura Salla, Anna Herold, Claudia Luciani, Saskia Van Uffelen

With the advent of the digital age the nature of democracy is changing via the exploration of informal channels. The online organization of democratic actions, such as protests, has become a prominent course of action throughout the world. With social media usage ever on the rise, humans have in some sense become closer than ever. However, resurging societal divides evidently seem to indicate that polarisation in societies is more pronounced than ever, threatening the societal and epistemic cohesion, and thus the fabric of our democracies themselves. How can democracy re-invent itself in an increasingly digitally connected world? How can acceptance of diversity and compromise gain traction over the current era’s tribalism and division? And how can disinformation, often rife on social media, be effectively combatted in order to ensure democratic integrity?

  • Claudia Luciani, Director for Human Dignity, Equality and Governance, Council of Europe
  • Anna Herold, Head of Audiovisual and Media Services Policy Unit, European Commission
  • Aura Salla, Head of EU Affairs, Facebook
  • Marietje Schaake, Director, Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence; President of Cyber Peace Institute
  • Saskia Van Uffelen, GFI Corporate Vice President; Digital Champion Belgium

Moderator: Roland Freudenstein, Policy Director, Martens Centre

Profiles: Roland Freudenstein, Marietje Schaake, Aura Salla, Anna Herold, Claudia Luciani, Saskia Van Uffelen
16:40

Rule of Law: should the EU Mechanisms for its Safeguarding be Revised? #Society / Eric Maurice, Ghenadie Barba, Corina Rebegea, János Bóka, Michal Šimečka

Within the Rule of Law Framework, the European Commission published this year its first report covering all Member States as part of the annual rule of law review cycle. When the new mechanism was set up, no one expected that the majority of member states would soon declare states of emergency and adopt measures that limit certain fundamental freedoms and can have malign effect on the rule of law and democracy. Does this new post-pandemic situation call for a revision of EU mechanisms to safeguard values on which it is founded? Should the EU, for instance, integrate the existing mechanism such as the Rule of Law Framework, EU Justice Scoreboard, European Semester and others to create a single comprehensive EU mechanism to safeguard fundamental values. Or should the Rule of Law mechanism just be extended to incorporate other Article 2 values such as democracy and fundamental freedoms. Should EU funding be finally linked to protection of Article 2 values at the national level? Should the EU regulation for financing European political parties be revised to ensure that their member parties do not violate EU fundamental values nationally? And should we consider externalising the responsibility to safeguard fundamental values from the Commission to a non-political regulatory agency?

  • Ghenadie Barba, Chief, Rule of Law Unit, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
  • János Bóka, State Secretary for European and International Judicial Cooperation of the Ministry of Justice, Hungary
  • Corina Rebegea, Director, Democratic Resilience, Center for European Political Analysis
  • Michal Šimečka, Member of Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, European Parliament

Moderator: Eric Maurice, Robert Schuman Foundation

Profiles: Eric Maurice, Ghenadie Barba, Corina Rebegea, János Bóka, Michal Šimečka
17:40

Video Message from Daniel Hamilton / Daniel Hamilton, Danielle Piatkiewicz

  • Daniel Hamilton, Senior Fellow, Johns Hopkins University

Interviewer: Danielle Piatkiewicz, Research Fellow, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Profiles: Daniel Hamilton, Danielle Piatkiewicz
18:00

Europe as a Geopolitical Actor: A new leader in a greener, digital world? / Margot Wallström , Filip Nerad

  • Margot Wallström, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sweden

Moderator: Filip Nerad, Český rozhlas

Profiles: Margot Wallström , Filip Nerad
18:30

Closing Remarks / Vladimír Bartovic, Aleš Chmelař

  • Vladimír Bartovic, Director, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy
  • Aleš Chmelař, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for European Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
Profiles: Vladimír Bartovic, Aleš Chmelař

Speakers List

International Programme Board

The International Programme Board is the key advisory body of the Prague European Summit. It meets on a regular basis, at least once a year. The International Programme Board is comprised of leading international thinkers who care about the future of European integration. The Board is essential in shaping the substantive part of the Prague European Summit, and its tasks include the formulation of programme priorities for the upcoming Summit in June 2021 as well as innovative suggestions regarding the Summit´s structure, its side-events and its output.

Speakers

About

About PES
Prague European Summit is a platform for strategic dialogue about common responses to EU's challenges. It connects public officials, business and NGO representatives, academics and journalists to discuss topics such as EU leadership, security, new technologies and digital age, current economic & foreign policy challenges, or the impact of various policies and trends on the European society.


Our goal
The goal of the Prague European Summit is to find common answers to the key questions in the economic, social, foreign-political and institutional areas of the European Union. The organisers aim to recast the image of the Czech Republic as an EU member country which self-confidently yet constructively joins the strategic discussions on the course of the European Union.


Side events
Alongside Prague European Summit take place Urban Talks, public debates (in 2019 held in Prague and Brno), and the Future European Leaders Forum, which for six days interconnects 30 exceptional young people with experts and decision-makers on a wide range of the most pressing issues on the European level.


2019
The Prague European Summit 2019 attracted more than 900 participants, had 44 % women speakers and reached more than 130,000 people on Facebook and Twitter.

EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

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Welcome to the Prague European Summit 2020

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  • Vladimír Bartovic, Director, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy
  • Ondřej Ditrych, Directr, Institute of International Relations Prague
 
 

 

 

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The Prague European Summit was established under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Office of the Government of the Czech Republic, Representation of the European Commission in the Czech Republic and the City of Prague.

Contact

FELF Coordinator

felf@praguesummit.eu
+420 737 524 885

Head of Prague European Summit

alenkavska@praguesummit.eu
+420 601 504 140

Contact for Speakers & Logistics

ebajgarova@praguesummit.eu
+420 730 156 779

Programme Manager

zfaktor@praguesummit.eu
+420 721 853 073

Registration

registration@praguesummit.eu
+420 723 625 429

Partnership Manager

kkacovska@praguesummit.eu
+420 724 213 994

Communications Manager

jlacina@praguesummit.eu

Contact for Speakers & Logistics

htruongova@praguesummit.eu
+420 775 667 083

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