LOBKOWICZ PALACE & CZERNIN PALACE
13 - 15 JUNE 2017

Prague European Summit 2017

News List

Programme

13:00

Words of welcome / Vladimír Bartovic, Petr Kratochvíl, Petr Gajdušek

Vladimír Bartovic, Director, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy
Petr Kratochvíl, Director, Institute of International Relations in Prague

Introductory Remarks: Petr Gajdušek, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

Profiles: Vladimír Bartovic, Petr Kratochvíl, Petr Gajdušek
13:15

Key-Note Address / Bohuslav Sobotka

Bohuslav Sobotka, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Office of the Government of the Czech Republic

Profiles: Bohuslav Sobotka
14:00

Opening Plenary Session: The EU as a Community of Rules or as a Community of Exceptions? / Jakub Wisniewski, Massimo D’Alema, Jakub Durr, Péter Balázs, Eric Maurice

The EU has always stressed that rules have to be obeyed, a fact strongly underlined during the accession process of CEE countries. However, the last decade has shown that the application of these rules EU and its institutions can be very flexible. It also seems that some Member States can infringe the rules without the concerns of sanctions that have hit others. Exceptions that are planned to overcome a possible deadlock or to solve an unexpected crisis seem to sometimes fall outside of these bounds. Can the EU sustain its stability by granting more and more exceptions? Does this hamper mutual confidence within the EU and its Member States? Should the EU return to a more rigorous enforcement of rules?

Speakers:
Jakub Wisniewski, Vice President of GLOBSEC & Director of the Globsec Policy Institute 
Massimo D’Alema, Former Prime Minister of Italy, President of Foundation for European Progressive Studies
Jakub Durr, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for European Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic 
Péter Balázs, Professor, Central European University, former EU Commissioner & Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary (tbc)

Chair: Eric Maurice, Editor-in-Chief, EUobserver

Profiles: Jakub Wisniewski, Massimo D’Alema, Jakub Durr, Péter Balázs, Eric Maurice
15:30

Breakout Session A: External Players in Central Europe – USA, China, Russia / Petr Kratochvíl, Agatha Kratz, Roland Freudenstein, Maria Ordzhonikidze, Anastas Vangeli

Venue: Imperial hall

Apart from membership in the EU and close relations with European partners, Central European diplomacy is also marked by the involvement of powerful external players. Central European governments have traditionally sought to cultivate special bilateral partnership with the US, particularly in security cooperation. More recently, Russia and China have been gaining increasing influence and access in the region, chiefly - though not exclusively - through strategic business endeavours, or even, as in the case of Russia, through political subversion. What role do these external actors play in the domestic and foreign policies of Central European states? Is there a risk of Central Europe becoming - as it sometimes alleged - yet again a playground for great power politics?

Speakers:
Petr Kratochvíl, Director, Institute of International Relations in Prague
Agatha Kratz, Associate Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations
Roland Freudenstein, Policy Director, Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies
Maria Ordzhonikidze, Secretary General, EU-Russia Centre

Chair: Anastas Vangeli, Researcher, Graduate School for Social Research, Polish Academy of Science in Warsaw

Profiles: Petr Kratochvíl, Agatha Kratz, Roland Freudenstein, Maria Ordzhonikidze, Anastas Vangeli
15:30

Breakout Session B: Paris, Berlin: still deciding the future of Europe? / Christian Lequesne, Barbara Lippert, Nicole Koenig, Pawel Swieboda, Zlatko Šabič

Venue: Concert hall

It has become commonplace to assert to that Franco-German cooperation, a traditional motor of EU politics, is stuttering. This is often attributed to the growing imbalance in their economic performance and political weight. And yet, in many areas - notably defense integration or Eurozone governance reform - agreement between Berlin and Paris remains indispensable to any meaningful progress. What will be the implications of the successive elections for Franco-German cooperation? What role will other big Member States - Italy, Spain and Poland - play in the postBrexit configuration of power in the EU? 

Speakers:
Barbara Lippert, Director of Research & Executive Board, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik
Nicole Koenig, Senior research fellow and Deputy Head of Research at the Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin
Pawel Swieboda, Deputy Head, European Political Strategy Centre
Christian Lequesne, Professor, Sciences Po & Chief Editor, European Review of International Studies

Chair: Zlatko Šabič, Professor, Centre of International Relations, University of Ljubjana

Profiles: Christian Lequesne, Barbara Lippert, Nicole Koenig, Pawel Swieboda, Zlatko Šabič
17:30

Plenary Panel: EU Energy Security between Business and Politics / Filippos Proedrou, Jan Kerner, Beata Jaczewska, Václav Bartuška, Richard Cockett

Over the years, and in part thanks to Russia's aggressive posture, the EU has made notable progress towards greater energy security, both internal and external, especially in the framework of the Energy Union. However, national or business interests continue to stand in the way of the collective pursuit of energy security and diversification of sources, routes and suppliers. How can the situation be remedied? Does the EU need a more robust legislative framework to ensure Member States compliance with respect to energy supply contracts? What remains to be done to build a functioning internal energy market?

Speakers:
Filippos Proedrou, Research Fellow, University of South Wales
Jan Kerner, Director Growth and Strategy for GE Power Europe
Beata Jaczewska, Executive Director, International Visegrad Fund
Václav Bartuška, Ambassador-at-Large for Energy Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

Chair: Richard Cockett, Business Editor, Economist

Profiles: Filippos Proedrou, Jan Kerner, Beata Jaczewska, Václav Bartuška, Richard Cockett
18:30

Welcome Networking Reception / Adriana Krnáčová

Welcome address: Adriana Krnáčová, the Mayor of Prague

Profiles: Adriana Krnáčová
20:00

Session A: Pressing the Reset Button of Transatlantic Relations: What Next? / Sophia Besch, Vessela Tcherneva, Rudolf Jindrák, Ivan Vejvoda, Vassilis Ntousas

Venue: Concert hall

Even before the US presidential election, transatlantic relations had been adrift. The failure of TTIP, as well as the growing US frustration with European inability to step up its security and defence commitments, reflected the dilution of a common strategic purpose. The election of President Donald Trump led to predictions of an impending breakdown of the transatlantic alliance amidst mounting challenges to the liberal international order. Are these worries being born out?

Speakers:
Sophia Besch, Research Fellow, Centre for European Reform
Vessela Tcherneva, Senior Director for Programmes and Head of European Council on Foreign Relations, Sofia Office
Rudolf Jindrák, Director of International Department at the Office of the President of the Czech Republic
Ivan Vejvoda, Permanent Fellow, Institute for Human Sciences

Chair: Vassilis Ntousas, International Relations Policy Advisor, Foundation for European Progressive Studies

Profiles: Sophia Besch, Vessela Tcherneva, Rudolf Jindrák, Ivan Vejvoda, Vassilis Ntousas
20:00

Session B: The Uncertain Future of EU-Russia Relations / Mark Galeotti, Kristi Raik, Anna-Liisa Heusala, Jakub M. Godzimirski, Edward Lucas

Venue: Imperial hall

Once perceived as a promising strategic partner, Russia has become EU's main strategic challenge. While the EU has managed to come together in enforcing as a sanctions regime in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea and aggression in the Donbas, it has failed to formulate a sustainable strategy for managing relations with Russia in this new, more adversarial context. Is there enough common ground in the EU for such a strategy? It is possible to unfreeze and rebalance EU-Russia relations without compromising EU's principles and commitments to Ukraine and other Eastern partners? What is the right balance between containment and engagement? What role should current US policy play in defining EU's approach to Russia?

Speakers:
Mark Galeotti, Senior Researcher, Institute of International Relations in Prague
Kristi Raik, Senior Research Fellow, European Union Research Programme, Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Anna-Liisa Heusala, Senior Researcher, Aleksanteri Institute
Jakub M. Godzimirski, Research Professor, Research Group on Russia, Eurasia and the Arctic, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

Chair: Edward Lucas, Senior Editor, Economist

Profiles: Mark Galeotti, Kristi Raik, Anna-Liisa Heusala, Jakub M. Godzimirski, Edward Lucas
10:00

Plenary Panel: Future of Digital Europe / Sarah Vormsby, Václav Mach, Ondřej Malý, Taavi Roivas, Jaanika Merilo, Ivan Hodač

Capitalising on the digital revolution presents a key source of economic growth for the EU. Digital technologies are inspiring new business models, transforming traditional industries, facilitating creative start-ups and changing the ways we live and work. The EU needs a regulatory environment that encourages innovation and risk-based, entrepreneurial approach, while striking a balance with protections and standards. This calls for an EU regulatory environment that has to be simple and harmonised in order to reap maximal benefits. How can we best contribute to truly completing the Digital Single Market? In order to fully participate in it, EU citizens will need new skills and lifelong learning. It is crucial to think ahead now of ensuring that no one is left behind by digitalization in order to avoid the disappointment for some that globalization has caused?

Speakers:
Sarah Vormsby, Analyst, Think Tank EUROPA
Václav Mach, Legal and Corporate Affairs Lead, Microsoft Corporation, CEE
Ondřej Malý, Digital Agenda Coordinator, Office of the Government of the Czech Republic
Taavi Roivas, Vice President of the Parliament, Former Prime Minister of Estonia
Jaanika Merilo, Vice Mayor of Dnipro, Advisor to Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation and Mayor of Lviv

Chair: Ivan Hodač, Founder and President, Aspen Institute Central Europe

Profiles: Sarah Vormsby, Václav Mach, Ondřej Malý, Taavi Roivas, Jaanika Merilo, Ivan Hodač
11:30

Prague European Summit study: What is wrong with the Single European Market and how to move forward: Towards a service and digital market? / Adéla Zábražná, Petra Dzurovčinová, Jan Kovář

Adéla Zábražná, Project Manager, Slovak Alliance for the Innovative Economy
Petra Dzurovčinová, Executive Manager, Slovak Alliance for the Innovative Economy


Chair: Jan Kovář, Researcher, Institute of International Relations in Prague

Profiles: Adéla Zábražná, Petra Dzurovčinová, Jan Kovář
13:15

High Level Ministerial Panel / Lubomír Zaorálek, Miroslav Lajčák, Ryan Heath

Lubomír Zaorálek, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic
TBC


Chair: Ryan Heath, Senior EU Correspondent & Associate Editor, Politico Europe

Profiles: Lubomír Zaorálek, Miroslav Lajčák, Ryan Heath
15:00

Plenary Panel: What further reforms and add-ons for the Eurozone? / Aleš Chmelař, Jiří Rusnok, Martin Špolc, Petr Zahradník, Simon Nixon

There's now a consensus across Europe that more needs to be taken to strengthen the eurozone, but there is no consensus on what to do. Does the eurozone need its own budget and its own finance minister? How might this budget be used? Does the eurozone need eurobonds? Is this a realistic goal? Should the eurozone focus on completing its existing projects? Why is the banking union not yet complete? How likely is it that member states will agree to implement the European Deposit Insurance Scheme? What role might Capital Markets Union play in strengthening the eurozone?

Speakers:
Aleš Chmelař, Financial Analyst, Office of the Government of the Czech Republic
Jiří Rusnok, Governor of the Czech National Bank
Martin Špolc, Head of Unit, Economic Analysis and Evaluation, European Commission
Petr Zahradník, Member, European Economic and Social Committee, Česká Spořitelna

Chair: Simon Nixon, Chief European Commentator, Wall Street Journal

Profiles: Aleš Chmelař, Jiří Rusnok, Martin Špolc, Petr Zahradník, Simon Nixon
16:30

Plenary Panel: Redefining the terms of the European security narrative / Martin Michelot, Lina Grip, Alexandre Escorcia, Rick Noack

The EU has made significant progress in the past year on strengthening its CSDP and to implement the strategic autonomy that the EU Global Strategy has called for. The drivers of increased cooperation seem to be on a strong path, buoyed also by Central European countries who view a strong EU as a way to protect its citizens and defend its borders. Can we expect these positive dynamics to continue, or will the dangers of “two-speed Europe” limit integration on security issues? Are we witnessing a division of labour between NATO and the EU?

Speakers:
Martin Michelot, Deputy Director, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy
Petr Drulák, Ambassador of the Czech Republic in France, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
Lina Grip, Researcher, European Security Programme, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
Alexandre Escorcia, Deputy Director, Centre for Analysis, Forecasting and Strategy, Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs

Chair: Rick Noack, Reporter, The Washington Post

Profiles: Martin Michelot, Lina Grip, Alexandre Escorcia, Rick Noack
18:15

Plenary Panel: Investing in Europe´s Growth / James Watson, Iliyana Tsanova, Sebastian Plóciennik, Olga Afanasyeva, Ivana Kottasová

The Investment Plan for Europe is a flagship initiative that it is intended to boost the European economy with huge investments flowing to different sectors, and that leverages the partnerships between the EU, Member States and private companies. The expectations it has raised are high. Has the Plan so far delivered on its expected results? Should the Plan be tweaked? Does it have the potential to secure sustainable growth and low unemployment in the EU?

Speakers:
James Watson, Director of Economics, BusinessEurope, the Confederation of European Business
Iliyana Tsanova, Deputy Managing Director, European Fund for Strategic Investments
Sebastian Plóciennik, Head of the Weimar Triangle Program, Polish Institute of International Affairs
Olga Afanasyeva, Executive Director, Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association

Chair: Ivana Kottasova, Reporter, CNNMoney

Profiles: James Watson, Iliyana Tsanova, Sebastian Plóciennik, Olga Afanasyeva, Ivana Kottasová
20:00

Reception & Annual “Vision for Europe” Award / Lubomír Zaorálek

Venue: Czernin Palace, Loretánské náměstí 5, Prague 1

Vision for Europe is the annually bestowed award for distinguished personalities who have, in the course of their lives, devoted substantial energies to the establishment and development of European ideals such as strengthening peaceful cooperation among European nations, developing a fair institutional arrangement of European integration, making European integration more accessible to European publics, and overcoming prejudices and misconceptions related to the integration process. The awarding ceremony is part of the annual Prague European Summit, and it is accompanied by the European Vision speech, which is delivered by the awardee.

20:15 Official Opening: Lubomír Zaorálek, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

Dorian Singh, Research Manager for the Dahrendorf Programme for the Study of Freedom, University of Oxford, St Antony's College

Profiles: Lubomír Zaorálek
08:30

Discussion Breakfasts / Peter Jambrek, Pavel Šturma, Manuel Lafont Rapnouil, Michal Šimečka, Martin Michelot, Ryan Heath, Michal Kokot, Chris Morris, Tom Nuttall

Slovenian Embassy – The future legal framework of the EU: Ljubljana initiative

Peter Jambrek, Professor, Former Member of the European Court for Human Rights
Pavel Šturma, Professor, Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Law
 

French Institute in Prague – European Defence

Manuel Lafont Rapnouil, Head of Paris Office and Senior Policy Fellow of the European Council on Foreign Relations
Michal Šimečka, Researcher, Institute of International Relations in Prague

Chair: Martin Michelot, Deputy Director, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy
 

British Embassy - The media as guardians of the truth

Ryan Heath, Senior EU correspondent, Politico
Michal Kokot, Foreign desk journalist, Gazeta Wyborcza
Chris Morris, Correspondent, BBC News
Tom Nuttall, Charlemagne columnist, Economist 

Profiles: Peter Jambrek, Pavel Šturma, Manuel Lafont Rapnouil, Michal Šimečka, Martin Michelot, Ryan Heath, Michal Kokot, Chris Morris, Tom Nuttall
11:00

Plenary Panel: Brexit. Bad or Worse? / Stefaan De Rynck, Tim Oliver, Emmy van Deurzen, Martin Povejšil, Tom Nuttall

Brexit negotiations will dominate the EU’s political agenda for years to come. Its significance will go beyond setting the parameters of EU’s trade and political relations with the UK. Brexit will also shape the identity of the European project itself - to the point of re-defining the very meaning of EU membership, and ways in which EU relates to European non-member states. Just as importantly, the process and outcome of Brexit will bear on the future of the single market. Is there a shared vision of future EU-UK relations that can serve as a basis for a win-win outcome of Brexit negotiations? Can a mutually acceptable agreement be reached without compromising the integrity EU's four freedoms? How will Brexit change patterns of integration in the EU, and in Europe as a whole?

Speakers:
Steffan De Rynck, Advisor for Outreach and Think Tanks, Brexit Task Force of European Commission 
Tim Oliver, Research Director, Brexit Analytics, Associate, LSE IDEAS 
Emmy van Deurzen, Director, New Europeans 
Martin Povejšil, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the European Union 

Chair: Tom Nuttall, Charlemagne Columnist, Economist

Profiles: Stefaan De Rynck, Tim Oliver, Emmy van Deurzen, Martin Povejšil, Tom Nuttall
13:30

Plenary Panel: Exploring Options for EU – UK Trade / Elvire Fabry, Glenn Vaughan, Christian Bluth, Vladimir Bartl, Jaromír Šindel, Richard Cockett

Once the UK leaves the EU, it will become the EU's main trade partner. Without any doubt, it is in the interest of both parties to preserve intensive mutual trade relations. To what extent will this be possible? What is the price the UK will have to pay for access to the EU internal market? What sort of trade agreement will the UK have with the EU? Will it also cover services, particularly financial services? Will there be a trade-off between the scope and speed? What sectors will be most affected by the Brexit?

Speakers:
Elvire Fabry, Senior Research Fellow, Jacques Delors Institute
Glenn Vaughan, Chief Executive, British Chamber of Commerce in Brussels
Christian Bluth, Project Manager, Bertelsmann Stiftung
Vladimír Bartl, Deputy Minister for European Union and Foreign Trade, Ministry of Industry
Jaromir Šindel, Chief Economist for the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia, Citbank

Chair: Richard Cockett, Business Editor, Economist

Profiles: Elvire Fabry, Glenn Vaughan, Christian Bluth, Vladimir Bartl, Jaromír Šindel, Richard Cockett
15:15

Prague European Summit Chat / Frans Timmermans, Lubomír Zaorálek

Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European Commission
Lubomír Zaorálek, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

Profiles: Frans Timmermans, Lubomír Zaorálek
16:00

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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 2016 as well as innovative suggestions regarding the Summit´s structure, its side-events and its output.

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About PES
As an initiative of EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy and the Institute of International Relations, and under the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Office of the Governemnt of the Czech Republic, Representation of the European Commission in the Czech Republic and the City of Prague, the Prague European Summit has been established to trigger a strategic and open debate on the future of the European Union among high-level political representatives, government officials, business representatives, academicians and journalists from the Czech Republic, EU countries, V4 countries and other. 

Its goal is to find common answers to the key questions in the economic, social, foreign-political and institutional areas. By hosting this regular summit on the future of European integration in Prague, the organizers contribute to recasting 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 EU. 


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The 2017 Summit will be held on 13-15 June. A special focus will be put on political radicalisation in Europe, Brexit and the future of the single market, the banking union, the digital agenda and the new form of transatlantic relations, relations of EU and Russia etc. Among the prominent guests, the Summit will host the foreign minister of Austria and other countries.

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