LOBKOWICZ PALACE & CZERNIN PALACE
19 - 21 JUNE 2018

Prague European Summit 2018

News List

Programme

13:00

Words of Welcome / Vladimír Bartovic, Ondřej Ditrych

Vladimír Bartovic, Director, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Ondřej Ditrych, Director, Institute of International Relations

Profiles: Vladimír Bartovic, Ondřej Ditrych
13:15

Key-Note Address. EU: Ever Closer to the Citizens? / Andrej Babiš, Věra Jourová

Andrej Babiš, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
Věra Jourová, European Commissioner, Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality

Profiles: Andrej Babiš, Věra Jourová
14:00

Opening Plenary Session: Populism and Demagogy: Are We Really out of the Woods? / Rosa Balfour, Yves Bertoncini, Josip Brkic, Monica Frassoni, Isabell Hoffmann, Ondřej Ditrych

The year 2017 was dubbed by some, perhaps too quickly, as the year that populist parties were defeated in crucial elections, especially with the defeat of Marine Le Pen and the realization that BREXIT will be a slow and mostly painful process. Is the influence of populist parties on the decline? Have the underlying factors of their rise been identified, and are mainstream politicians acting upon them? What is the danger of traditional parties appropriating themselves the rhetoric and sometimes even policies from these populist movements?

Speakers:
Rosa Balfour, Senior Fellow, Europe programme, German Marshall Fund of the US
Yves Bertoncini, President of the European Movement-France
Josip Brkic, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Monica Frassoni, Co-Chair, European Green Party
Isabell Hoffmann, Senior Expert, Head of the Research Project eupinions, Bertelsmann Foundation
Chair: Patrick Wintour, Diplomatic Editor, The Guardian

Profiles: Rosa Balfour, Yves Bertoncini, Josip Brkic, Monica Frassoni, Isabell Hoffmann, Ondřej Ditrych
15:30

Breakout Session A: Quo Vadis European Neighbourhood? / Sonja Lokar, Pierre Mirel, Daniela Morari, Rikard Jozwiak

The European Neighbourhood Policy was conceived with the aim of creating a ring of peaceful, stable and prosperous states at the EU’s borders. However, in the meantime, the situation has dramatically changed as many new challenges have emerged in the neighbourhood, ranging from the conflicts in Syria and in Ukraine to economic stagnation and democratic backsliding in many other partner countries. Hence, we need to ask the most fundamental questions about the ENP´s functioning again: Does the EU need a new impetus for its policy in the neighbourhood? How can we make the policy truly attractive to partner countries? Are there lessons to be learned from the enlargement process? How to deal with the influence of external actors who are sometimes opposing EU´s intentions in the region?

Speakers:
Sonja Lokar, Member of Executive Council of the Women's Lobby of Slovenia
Pierre Mirel, Honorary Director-General, European Commission
Daniela Morari, State Secretary for European Integration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova
Chair: Rikard Jozwiak, Brussels Correspondent, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty 

Profiles: Sonja Lokar, Pierre Mirel, Daniela Morari, Rikard Jozwiak
15:30

Breakout Session B: Automation, Robotization, and Transformation of the Labour Market: Impacts for Central Europe / Corina Cimpoca, Michal Pěchouček, Leonardo Pucciatti, Andrea Renda, Milan Zubíček, Charles Read

Czech and CE industry, great economic providers, are to be threatened by automation and robotization of manufacturing and traditional sectors of economy. What impacts does it have on the labor force and how can we already think of restructuring the economy long term? What are the sectors where CE can derive benefits, where/how can the EU help and provide guidance? Do the digital agenda and other initiatives provide sufficient growth? Will CE still depend on foreign investments to ensure its growth?

Speakers:
Corina Cimpoca, Founder, MKOR Consulting
Michal Pěchouček, Professor of Computer Science, CVUT
Leonardo Pucciatti, Prague Payables Center Manager, ExxonMobil Business Support Center Czechia
Andrea Renda, Senior Research Fellow and Head of Regulatory Policy, CEPS and Chair for Digital Innovation, College of Europe
Milan Zubíček, Public Policy and Government Relations Manager, Central and Eastern Europe, Google
Chair: Charles Read, Columnist, The Economist 

Profiles: Corina Cimpoca, Michal Pěchouček, Leonardo Pucciatti, Andrea Renda, Milan Zubíček, Charles Read
17:30

Communicating Europe? Public Perceptions of the EU and its Reform / Daniel Debomy, Elitsa Kortenska, Kasia Wojcik, Karolína Kottová

Public opinion is increasingly at the heart of debates on European integration. Europe seems to be emerging from its many crises and the time seems to be up for decisive steps forward. The feasibility and sustainability of EU reform however crucially depend upon the support amongst national publics. So what do European citizens really want? Have they become too sceptical about the European project to resist any steps forward? Or they are keen to move towards an ever-closer Union? Is the issue of EU reform and its future subject of public debate preceding national elections? And what are the implications of recent national elections across Europe for the future of European integration?

Speakers:
Daniel Debomy, Associate Research Fellow, Institut Jacques Delors, Paris
Elitsa Kortenska, Ph.D. Candidate at Leiden University, Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs
Kasia Wojcik, Theatre artist, Elected Board Member of the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25) in Germany
​Chair: Karolína Kottová, Head of Political Section, Representation of the European Commission

Profiles: Daniel Debomy, Elitsa Kortenska, Kasia Wojcik, Karolína Kottová
20:00

Night Owl Session: Fiscal and Social Convergence: Is a Middle Ground Possible? / Martina Dlabajová, András Inotai, Kelig Puyet, David Herszenhorn

With the posted workers directive voted, it seems that a first step has been taken towards finding future potential compromises on building Social Europe, one key step forward in EU integration. Discussion of parameters, red lines, future evolutions – harmonization of corporate tax, EU-wide social and retirement contributions, EU minimum wage etc. 

Speakers:
Martina Dlabajová, Member of the European Parliament
András Inotai, Research Professor, Institute of World Economy, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Chair: David Herszenhorn, Chief Brussels Correspondent, Politico 

Profiles: Martina Dlabajová, András Inotai, Kelig Puyet, David Herszenhorn
10:00

High Level Chat: The Road From Bratislava to Sibiu and Beyond / Aleš Chmelař, Ivan Korčok, Vladimír Bartovic

Until the Summit in Sibiu in 2019, the European Council is to reflect and discuss a number of proposals as outlined in the Leaders’ Agenda adopted by the European Council last year. How can we so far evaluate the process of EU reforms, which started in Bratislava two years ago? Celebrating 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia, which was truly founded on modern European values, how could and should Czechia and Slovakia contribute to this reflection? Would these countries prefer more ambition during the next term of the European Commission or rather a consolidation and deepening of what has been achieved until now?

Speakers:
Aleš Chmelař, State Secretary for European Affairs of the Czech Republic, Office of the Government of the Czech Republic
Ivan Korčok, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic
Chair: Vladimír Bartovic, Director, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Profiles: Aleš Chmelař, Ivan Korčok, Vladimír Bartovic
11:45

Parallel Panel A: Mapping the EU's Relationship with the US / Petko Draganov, Vassilis Ntousas, Jana Puglierin, Pawel Swieboda, Jiří Schneider

The seeming increasing “bilateralization” of relations between the US and EU member states means that a narrower set of interests is communicated through transatlantic channels. What do we, as Europeans, learn from almost two years of DJT? Is someone in the EU leading the discussions with Trump? How has the relative loss of American normative power influenced the EU’s role as a foreign policy actor?

Speakers:
Petko Draganov, Director General for Political Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria
Vassilis Ntousas, International Relations Policy Advisor, Foundation for European Progressive Studies
Jana Puglierin, Head of Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies, German Council on Foreign Relations
Pawel Swieboda, Deputy Head, European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission
Chair: Jiří Schneider, Executive Director, Aspen Institute Central Europe 

Profiles: Petko Draganov, Vassilis Ntousas, Jana Puglierin, Pawel Swieboda, Jiří Schneider
11:45

Parallel Panel B: Future of the Cohesion Policy / Péter Balázs, Iain Begg, Nicola Francesco Dotti, Magda Leszczyna-Rzucidlo, Dana Spinant, David Herszenhorn

Cohesion policy - the main priority of CEE member states - may undergo deep changes after 2021, and with net payers attempting to downsize it and net recipients planned to fight for its preservation, there is a chance that this issue will be at the forefront of EU policies in the near future. Potential divergences, such as linking the delivery of funds to respect of rule of law, will make the topic even more controversial. What changes can we expect in the Cohesion policy? Does Cohesion policy still meet its original aims? 

Speakers:
Péter Balázs, Professor, Central European University, Former EU Commissioner and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary
Iain Begg, Professor, European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science
Nicola Francesco Dotti, Dynamics of Innovation, Research and Higher Education (DIRE), Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Magda Leszczyna-Rzucidlo, Project Manager, "Pomorskie in the European Union" Association
Dana Spinant, Director, Directorate-General REGIO, European Commission
Chair: David Herszenhorn, Chief Brussels Correspondent, Politico

Profiles: Péter Balázs, Iain Begg, Nicola Francesco Dotti, Magda Leszczyna-Rzucidlo, Dana Spinant, David Herszenhorn
14:30

Plenary Panel: Financial Framework beyond 2020, Prague European Summit Study Presentation / Petr Zahradník, Daniel Šitera, Martina Kobilicová, Petr Mooz, Jorge Nunez Ferrer, Mehreen Khan

The Commission will present in May 2018 its proposal for the next Multiannual Financial Framework, including beyond 2020; it is expected that the Commission will propose fundamental changes to the structure of the Framework including changes to income side of the EU budget (new sources, elimination of VAT based-resources and rebates, creation of a Eurozone envelope within the budget, etc.). What are the changes that have the biggest chances of being adopted? Will we see an end to all of the rebate systems? How will the budget be structured in the absence of the UK's contribution? 

Study Author:
Petr Zahradník, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee

Study Coordinator:
Daniel Šitera, Researcher, Institute of International Relations

Speakers:
Martina Kobilicová, Director General, International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic
Petr Mooz, Head of Communication Unit, Directorate-General for Budget
Jorge Núnez-Ferrer, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for European Policy Studies
Chair: Mehreen Khan, Brussels Correspondent, Financial Times

Profiles: Petr Zahradník, Daniel Šitera, Martina Kobilicová, Petr Mooz, Jorge Nunez Ferrer, Mehreen Khan
16:45

Parallel Panel A: European Defence Cooperation: A Symbol of the Future of European Integration? / Steven Blockmans, Alice Billon-Galland, Filomena Chirico, Jan Macháček, Bram Vranken, Matthew Karnitschnig

Defence is the field in which the most progress has been made since the UK referendum. In a year and a half, the EU will have been able to successfully put together the non-executive mission’s HQ, PESCO, CARD, and an expanded role for the European Defence Agency. However, the speed at which progress has been made could be a validation of the fears about two-speed Europe, and of the way future integration will be drawn up: a French-German led initiative that other countries outside of the “core” have the choice – or not? – to join, at the risk of being left out? Is this a viable model that can be transposed for other issues? On principle, all countries who sign up to PESCO agree about the fact that the goals of its numerous projects is to reach European strategic autonomy. But how can we reconcile different priorities within PESCO, countries who see it as an opportunity to reinforce their territorial sovereignty and fight against migration, others who see it as enabling European intervention forces?

Speakers:
Steven Blockmans, Senior Research Fellow and Head of EU Foreign Policy Unit, Centre for European Policy Studies
Alice Billon-Galland, Policy Fellow, European Defence Programme
Filomena Chirico, Member of the Cabinet of Jyrki Katainen, Commission's Vice President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness
Jan Macháček, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Institute for Politics and Society
Bram Vranken, Researcher and Campaigner, Vredesactie
Chair: Matthew Karnitschnig, Chief Europe Correspondent, Politico

Profiles: Steven Blockmans, Alice Billon-Galland, Filomena Chirico, Jan Macháček, Bram Vranken, Matthew Karnitschnig
16:45

Parallel Panel B: Spitzenkandidaten: Shaping EU for Future / Adelina Marini, Nicolai von Ondarza, Viktoria Vajnai, Boris Zala, Eric Maurice

The debate about the future of the EU is partially premised on the idea of improving responsiveness of and representative democracy at the European level. The EU’s response to this challenge will in part define the future of European integration. The introduction of the ‘Spitzenkandidaten’ system before 2014 EP election was one of the steps to make the EU more responsive. Given its polarising effect, the questions remain whether the system will be repeated and how should it be improved if it is supposed to stay? Should the EU go further and link the election of a (joint) EU president to the outcome of the EP elections? Or should the heads of state and government try to marginalise it?

Speakers:
Adelina Marini, Editor-in-Chief, Euinside.eu
Viktoria Vajnai, Public Affairs Consultant, Dr2 Consultants
Nicolai Von Ondarza, Head of EU/Europe Research Division, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)
Boris Zala, Member of European Parliament
Chair: Eric Maurice, Editor-in-Chief, EUobserver

Profiles: Adelina Marini, Nicolai von Ondarza, Viktoria Vajnai, Boris Zala, Eric Maurice
18:15

Key-Note Address. Choosing the West: The United States and Central Europe / A. Wess Mitchell, Jakub Durr, Rastislav Káčer

Opening Remarks: Jakub Durr, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for European Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
Key-Note Address: A. Wess Mitchell, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Chair: Rastislav Káčer, Honorary Chairman of Board, GLOBSEC

Profiles: A. Wess Mitchell, Jakub Durr, Rastislav Káčer
19:30

Reception & Annual “Vision for Europe” Award / Martin Stropnický

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.

Official Opening: Martin Stropnický, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

The "Vision for Europe" Award presented by Preciosa.

Profiles: Martin Stropnický
08:00

Discussion Breakfast, Embassy of Hungary - Visegrad Agenda for the EU / Jan Král, Balázs Molnár

Venue: Embassy of Hungary, Pod Hradbami 17, Prague 6

The Visegrad Countries have strengthened their common approach concerning the future of Europe, and they do not shy away of debating it, as they believe that the EU is the best framework to face and tackle both internal and external challenges. What has the V4 achieved during its Hungarian Presidency regarding the following issues: build EU on existing foundations/ unity in diversity/ evolutionary and transformative strands/ competitiveness/ democratic legitimacy/ comprehensive approach to migration policy?

Speakers:
Jan Král, Director, European Policies Coordination Department, Office of the Government of the Czech Republic
Balázs Molnár, Deputy State Secretary for EU Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office of Hungary

Profiles: Jan Král, Balázs Molnár
08:00

Business Breakfast, Institute for Politics and Society / Péter Balázs, Aleš Chmelař, Josef Janning, Jan Macháček

Venue: Bellevue, Smetanovo nábřeží 18, Prague 1

It is currently discussed that the EU will become two-speed. The harder core should include the eurozone countries, led by France and Germany. Members with "soft" integration rates, and thus without the single currency, should be included in the second group. Two-speed Europe whose biggest supporter is French President Macron, may be a problem for non-eurozone countries. Important issues can be solved by the states themselves or among themselves. What will be the position of the EU member countries that so far have not adopted the common European currency and do not even plan to accept it? Can the future of these states within the EU be jeopardized even if we remain with the existing system and a two-speed Europe will not form?

Speakers:
Peter Balázs, Professor, Central European University, Former EU Commissioner and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary
Aleš Chmelař, State Secretary for European Affairs, Office of the Government of the Czech Republic
Josef Janning, Senior Policy Fellow and Head of Office, European Council on Foreign Relations - Berlin​
Chair: Jan Macháček, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Institute for Politics and Society

Profiles: Péter Balázs, Aleš Chmelař, Josef Janning, Jan Macháček
08:00

Discussion Breakfast, Embassy of Croatia - European Security Area: Can It Be Completed Without Integration of the Western Balkans? / Steven Blockmans, Adelina Marini, Uranija Pirovska, Filip Tesař

Venue: Embassy of Croatia, V Průhledu 775/6, Prague 6

The migration crisis in 2015 triggered intense discussions on European security and has emphasized the need for its upgrading. The political agreement with Turkey brought a relief, but it did not answer the question about the role that countries on the migratory route i.e. the Western Balkan countries should play in security architecture aimed at preventing similar crisis in the future. While some EU Member States vehemently oppose the integration of WB they do not offer alternative options for the region whose own security is still fragile. Would integrating the WB cause more problems than converting it to some sort of permanent hotspot in Europe s front yard with disastrous consequences for its but also for Europe s safety? 

Speakers:
Steven Blockmans, Senior Research Fellow and Head of EU Foreign Policy Unit, Centre for European Policy Studies
Adelina Marini, Editor-in-Chief, Euinside.eu
Uranija Pirovska, Executive Director, Helsinki Committee for Human Rights of the Republic of Macedonia
Chair: Filip Tesař, Representative, Embassy of Croatia 

Profiles: Steven Blockmans, Adelina Marini, Uranija Pirovska, Filip Tesař
10:15

Plenary Panel: The EU's Global Role: Capacities, Credibility, and Coherence / Petr Drulák, Josef Janning, Elena Korosteleva, Jeremy Cliffe

The EU is underdoing decisive debates about its future, with different options on the table being defended by different sets of actors. In parallel, the EU has become markedly more ambitious in terms of foreign and defence policy, and remains a global economic actor. How do European neighbours and partners perceive these debates across the world, and what are the expectations outside of Europe? Is this perception of the EU’s distinctiveness shared inside the EU’s borders as well? How are the EU’s identity and role perceived outside of the Union?

Speakers:
Petr Drulák, Ambassador of the Czech Republic in France
Elena Korosteleva, Professor, Jean Monnet Chair of European Politics, University of Kent
Josef Janning, Senior Policy Fellow and Head of Office, European Council on Foreign Relations - Berlin
Chair: Jeremy Cliffe, Berlin Bureau Chief, The Economist 

Profiles: Petr Drulák, Josef Janning, Elena Korosteleva, Jeremy Cliffe
11:30

Prague European Innovation Chat / Jean-Marie Lehn, Tomáš Sedláček, Karin Zadorozhny (Movsesjan)

Speakers:
Jean-Marie Lehn, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
Tomáš Sedláček, Economist
Karin Zadorozhny (Movsesjan), Researcher, Masaryk University

Profiles: Jean-Marie Lehn, Tomáš Sedláček, Karin Zadorozhny (Movsesjan)
13:30

Plenary Panel: Brexit: Two Years Behind, One Year Ahead / H.E. Nicholas Stewart Archer, Agata Gostynska-Jakubowska, Christophe Hillion, Aileen McKay, Zbyněk Smetana, Tim Ross

Despite the ambitious deadline for the withdrawal treaty set for October 2018, the terms of Brexit still remain largely uncertain. Phase 2 negotiations divide not only EU decision-makers, but the British political scene. The promised ‘meaningful vote’ of the Parliament on the withdrawal treaty has been dubbed by British media as a ‘moment of maximum political danger’ for Theresa May, who is under increasing pressure from her own Conservative Party. Wales has agreed on a Brexit deal with the UK, leaving Scotland isolated after Nicola Sturgeon’s refusal to do the same. How can a return to a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland be prevented? Is the future of Britain in or out of the customs union? Is a second Brexit referendum only wishful thinking of the remainers or is it a realistic option?

Speakers:
H.E. Nicholas Stewart Archer, Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Czech Republic
Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for European Reform
Christophe Hillion, Professor of European Law – Oslo and Leiden Universities Researcher at Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies
Aileen McKay, Writer, English Tutor and Member, Young European Collective
Zbyněk Smetana, Director, EU Economic Policy Coordination Department, Office of the Government of the Czech Republic
Chair: Tim Ross, Brexit and UK politics journalist, Bloomberg

Profiles: H.E. Nicholas Stewart Archer, Agata Gostynska-Jakubowska, Christophe Hillion, Aileen McKay, Zbyněk Smetana, Tim Ross
14:30

Closing Remarks, Glass of wine / Ivo Šrámek, Ondřej Ditrych

Ivo Šrámek, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
Ondřej Ditrych, Director, Institute of International Relations Prague

Profiles: Ivo Šrámek, Ondřej Ditrych

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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 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 Government 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. 


About conference
The 2018 Summit will be held on 19-21 June. A special focus will be put on the role of the EU as a global power, Brexit, populist and nativist forces, industrial revolution 4.0, Juncker’s plan and new EU financial framework. For the first time this year, the Summit will be preceded by the debates on EU topics for young professionals, which will follow up on a pilot involvement of new voices – personalities capable to shape the world around them and adding fresh perspectives into traditional discussions.

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