Prague European Summit

27 – 29 May 2019

The fifth jubilee year of the Prague European Summit was held at the end of May 2019 as the first high-level discussion forum in the EU following the European Parliamentary elections. As an initiative of the 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, the 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, academics and journalists from the Czech Republic, EU countries, V4 countries and further afield. Reflecting on the critical junctures facing the EU, whether related to the election and the forthcoming new Commission, Brexit or the culmination of the Bratislava Process at the summit in Sibiu, over the course of three days, encompassing more than 20 panels and speeches, experts discussed topics including European sovereignty and strategic autonomy, challenges to the rule of law and the EU’s fundamental values, the use of big data in public policy, the effects of ‘industrial revolution 4.0’ on European societies, as well as the competitiveness of Europe in the field of artificial intelligence and virtual reality.

The core of the summit took place at Czernin Palace, headquarters of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Two ‘Urban Talks’ were held in Prague, one also in Brno, and ‘Discussion Breakfasts’ were hosted by the French (in cooperation with the Swedish) and Romanian embassies, as well as the Institute for Politics and Society and American Center. As per tradition, the prestigious ‘Vision for Europe’ Award ceremony was a highlight of the Prague European Summit. Additionally, the Future European Leaders Forum brought together more than 30 exceptional young people in the fields of politics, science, business, media and civil society for networking and capacity building.

The Prague European Summit has been facilitating high-level strategic and open debates on the actual challenges that Europe, and the European Union in particular, are facing since 2015 and the fifth anniversary furthered this legacy. As European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly, the recipient of the 2018 ‘Vision for Europe’ Award has stated: “It’s not Brussels, it’s not Strasbourg, it’s not Luxembourg. It is outside of the usual venues in which we discuss the future of Europe and I think when people come, particularly here, they get a different perspective, they hear different voices and I think that is very important.


Documents of Prague European Summit 2019

Speakers of Prague European Summit 2019

Tony Barber

Associate editor and European affairs commentator, Financial Times

Vladimir Bartl

Deputy Minister for European Union and Foreign Trade, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Czech Republic

Annika Ben-David

Ambassador-at-large for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden

Jiří Boudal

Managing director, Behavio Labs

Larissa Brunner

Policy Analyst, European Policy Center, Brussels

Rosa Castro

Senior Scientific Policy Officer, Federation of European Academies of Medicine, FEAM

Lucinda Creighton

CEO, Vulcan Consulting

Gabriela Cretu

Chairwomen, European Affairs Committee, Senate of Romania

Gabriella Cseh

Head of Public Policy for Central and Eastern Europe for Facebook

Declan Curry

Business Journalist, Public Speaker and Lecturer

Oldřich Dědek

Board Member, Czech National Bank

Laura Delponte

Senior Partner, Centre for Industrial Studies

Carlo des Dorides

Executive Director, European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency

Petr Drulák

Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

Radka Fléglová

Internet institute

Adrian Gahan

Independent Public Affairs Consultant

Gemma Galdon-Clavell

Director, Eticas Research & Consulting

Thomas Gomart

Director, French Institute of International Relations

Charles Grant

Director, Centre for European Reform

Vít Havelka

Research Fellow, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, Ph.D. student, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University

Sylvia Hartleif

Principal Advisor, Leader Foreign Policy Team European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission

Florian Herrmann

Head of the State Chancellery and Minister for Federal and European Affairs and the Media of Bavaria

Nikola Hořejš

Director of European Programme, STEM

Juraj Hošták

InnovEYtion Hub Manager / EY's Smart City Coordinator

Wojciech Jakobik

Editor-In-Chief & Analyst, BiznesAlert.pl

Karel Janeček

Czech mathematician, visionary and author of voting system D21 (Janecek Method)

Jakub Jaňura

Big Data Expert, Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic

Pascale Joannin

General Manager, Robert Schuman Foundation

Jakub Kalenský

Senior Fellow, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council

Ivana Karásková

Analyst at the Association for International Affairs, ChinfluenCE project coordinator

Ilgvars Klava

Ambassador, Director General, Bilateral Relations Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia

Eliška Kodyšová

Chairwoman of the Czech Women’s Lobby, Director of Aperio – Healthy Parenting Association

Jan Kovář

Senior Researcher, Institute of International Relations, Prague

Ivan Krastev

Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia & Permanent Fellow, Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna

Jean-Pierre Landau

Professor, Economics Department, SciencesPo Paris; Senior Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School

Silvie Lauder

Editor, Respekt

Marika Linntam

Director General of the Department for European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Estonia

Jan Macháček

Chairman of the Board, Institute for Politics and Society

Michael Matlosz

President of EuroScience

Eric Maurice

Head of Brussels Office, Robert Schuman Foundation

Jaanika Merilo

Advisor to Minister of Infrastructure, Advisor to Mayors of Dnipro and Lviv

Lucia Mokrá

Dean of the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University

Oliver Moody

Berlin correspondent, The Times

Vassilis Ntousas

Senior International Relations Policy Advisor, Foundation for European Progressive Studies

Kalle Palling

Chairperson of European Union Affairs Committee, Riigikogu of the Republic of Estonia

Tomáš Petříček

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

Jaroslava Rezlerová

Managing Director, Manpower

František Ružička

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic

Věra Řiháčková-Pachta

Advocacy Manager, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum & Associated Research Fellow, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Constanza Sanhueza

Research Fellow, WZB Berlin Social Science Center & Research Associate V-Dem Institute

Jana Sehnálková

Assistant professor at Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague

Jaana Sinipuro

Project Director, The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra

Oliver Schenk

Head of the State Chancellery and Minister for Federal and European Affairs of Saxony

Hanni Schoelermann

Economist, European Central Bank

Nadine Smith

Director, Centre for Public Impact.

Attila Steiner

State Secretary for the Development of Circular Economy, Energy and Climate Policy, Ministry for Innovation and Technology, Hungary

Hilary Sutcliffe

Director, SocietyInside

Reka Szemerkényi

Executive Vice President, Center for European Policy Analysis

Peter Szenasy

Managing partner, EPDOR

Petr Šrámek

AI visionary & entrepreneur

Adnan Tabatabai

Chief Executive Officer, CARPO – Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient

Wojtek Talko

Advisor and Memebr of Cabinet of Commissioner Vĕra Jourová on Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality

Emily Tamkin

Freelance reporter, formerly of Foreign Policy, BuzzFeed News, Washington Post

Vita Anda Terauda

Chairperson of European Affairs Committee, Saeima of the Republic of Latvia

Stefan Tinca

Political Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania

Helena Truchlá

Editor, Aktualne.cz & Hospodářské noviny

Iliyana Tsanova

Deputy Managing Director of the European Fund for Strategic Investment, European Investment Bank

Žiga Turk

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia & Martens Center, Brussels

Matthijs van Miltenburg

Member of European Parliament

Peter Varga

CEO, Lafluence

Caroline Vernaillen

Global Manager PR & Community Building, Democracy International

Daniela Vincenti

Spokesperson and Strategic Communication Adviser to the President, European Economic and Social Committee

Lucia Yar

Senior Editor, EURACTIV Slovakia

Adela Zábražná

Executive Manager, Slovak Alliance for the Innovative Economy

Linda Zeilina

Founder & CEO, International Sustainable Finance Centre

Laurent Zylberberg

Director of Institutional, International and European Relations, Groupe Caisse des Dépots

Ingeborg Radok Žádná

Vice-Rector for International Relations and Artistic Activity, The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague