Prague European Summit

18 – 19 November 2020

The 6th edition of the Prague European Summit – a unique, high-level discussion policy forum focused on the European Union and global policy in a changing world – was held in November 2020. As an initiative of the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy and the Prague Institute of International Relations, this forum regularly brings together around 400 senior politicians, political commentators, think-tankers and public figures from around the world with the aim of providing a space for an open exchange of views.

This year, the Summit’s topics focused on policy development in a changing global climate. The latter did not concern only climate change as a significant political, economic and social challenge but also how it fits in the context of the changing rules of multilateral, diplomatic and security order in today’s global politics. Indeed, the purpose of this year’s edition was to show that the very survival of international cooperation, trade and security mechanisms is a key component in achieving sustainable development. Over the course of two days, encompassing more than 34 different formats of speeches and discussions, experts discussed topics including European leadership and autonomy, the European green deal, green transformation as an economic opportunity, the future for the EU post-pandemic, transatlantic relations in light of the 2020 U.S. presidential elections, challenges to the rule of law, democracy in digital age and many more. There were also three closed lunch sessions held upon special invitation only and under the Chatham House Rule.

The core of the Summit took place in two virtual studios at Czernin Palace, and the headquarters of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Four ‘Urban Talks’ were held virtually via Zoom, and ‘Early Bird Sessions’ were co-organised with the German and Slovenian Embassies. Additionally, the Future European Leaders Forum which was held in a third virtual studio at Czernin Palace brought together 27 exceptional young people with different backgrounds. Among other activities, participants worked on policy papers focused on topics such as the environment, governance and security. As per tradition, the prestigious ‘Vision for Europe’ Award ceremony was a highlight of the Prague European Summit and it was awarded to two laureates – Federica Mogherini, rector of College of Europe and former High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Margot Wallström, former Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Documents of Prague European Summit 2020

Speakers of Prague European Summit 2020

James Appathurai

Deputy Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, NATO

Christina Bache

Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science, IDEAS

Ghenadie Barba

Chief of Rule of Law Unit, OSCE

Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder

Executive Director, IISD Europe

Nathalie Binet

Head of EIB Group Prague Office

Judith Blake

Councilor, Leader of Leeds City Council

János Bóka

State Secretary for Cooperation in European and International Justice Affairs, Ministry of Justice of Hungary

Cristina Lobillo Borrero

Director of Energy Policy Department, DG Energy, European Commission

Rob Cameron

BBC Correspondent

Koert Debeuf

Editor in Chief of the EUobserver

Maria Demertzis

Deputy Director, Bruegel

Nikola Dimitrov

Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia

Stéphane Dion

Ambassador to Germany and Special Envoy to the European Union and Europe, Canada

Jakub Dvořák

Country Manager for Czech Republic, Bolt

Kateřina Etrychová

Prague European Summit Presenter

Ambroise Fayolle

Vice-President, European Investment Bank

Peter Grk

National Coordinator for the Western Balkans, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia & Secretary-General, Bled Strategic Forum

Daniel Hamilton

Senior Fellow, Johns Hopkins University

Vít Havelka

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

Anna Herold

Head of Audiovisual and Media Policy Unit, European Commission

Viviane Hoffmann

Deputy Director-General, DG for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, European Commission

Zdeněk Hřib

Mayor of Prague

Dušan Chrenek

Principal Advisor, Directorate-General for Climate Action, European Commission

Christoph Israng

Ambassador of Germany to the Czech Republic

Magnús Jóhannesson

Special Adviser for Arctic Affairs of the Icelandic Chairmanship to the Arctic Council

Jessica Johnson

Communication and EU Stakeholders Director, FORATOM

Rikard Jozwiak

Europe Editor, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)

Tomáš Jungwirth

Association for International Affairs

Jana Juzová

Research Fellow, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Peter Karlberg

Director of Education, Swedish National Agency for Education

Martin Kastler

Resident Representative and Regional Director, the Hanns Seidel Foundation in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary

Helena König

Deputy Director-General, DG TRADE, European Commission

Masamichi Kono

Deputy Secretary-General, OECD

Ivan Korčok

Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic

Janez Lenarčič

European Commissioner for Crisis Management

Gerd Lippold

State Secretary for Energy and Climate Protection, Saxon State Ministry for Energy, Climate Protection, Environment and Agriculture

Anže Logar

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia

Edward Lucas

British writer, journalist and consultant

Claudia Luciani

Director, Directorate of Human Dignity, Equality and Governance, Council of Europe

Eric Maurice

Head of Brussels Office, Robert Schuman Foundation

Federica Mogherini

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

Oliver Moody

Berlin correspondent, The Times

Maximilian Müller-Härlin

Head of Division for Digitalization, Strategies for the Knowledge-Based Society, Coordination at Federal Ministry for Education and Research of Germany

Dénes András Nagy

Policy Advisor at the Federal Union of European Nationalities

Filip Nerad

EU and NATO affairs analyst, Czech Radio

Naser Nuredini

Minister of Environment and Physical Planning in the Republic of North Macedonia

Claudia Olsson

CEO, Stellar Capacity

Justyna Orłowska

(Polish) Prime Minister’s High Representative for Government Technology

Urmas Paet

Vice-chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, European Parliament; former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia

Lilyana Pavlova

Vice-President, European Investment Bank

Andris Pelšs

State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia

Tomáš Petříček

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

Danielle Piatkiewicz

Research Fellow, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Tonino Picula

Delegation for Bosnia & Hercegovina and Kosovo, European Parliament

Philippe Pochet

General Director, European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Geneviève Pons

Director General and Vice President of Europe Jacques Delors

Janez Potočnik

Co-Chair, International Resource Panel & former Commissioner for Environment

Bruno Pozzi

Regional Director, United Nations Environment Programme Europe office

Ulrike Rabmer-Koller

Vice-President, SMEunited

Corina Rebegea

Director for Democratic Resilience, CEPA

Kristian Ruby

Director, Eurelectric

Aura Salla

Head of EU Affairs, Facebook

Marietje Schaake

International Policy Director, Stanford University Cyber Policy Center & International Policy Fellow, Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence

Alexander Schallenberg

Minister for European and International Affairs of Austria

Tom Steyer

Philanthropist and Climate Activist

Tanja Strniša

Ambassador of Slovenia to the Czech Republic

Michal Šimečka

MEP & Member of Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, European Parliament

Michaela Šojdrová

Member of the Committee on Culture and Education, European Parliament

Nilgün Tas

Deputy Director of Department of Environment, UNIDO

Teija Tiilikainen

Director, European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats

Saskia Van Uffelen

Corporate Vice-President, GFI

Martina Větrovcová

Founder and President of Momentum Novum

Margot Wallström

Former Minister for Foreign Affairs,of Sweden and former First Vice President of the European Commission

Anna Wieslander

Director for Northern Europe, Atlantic Council

Aneta Zachová

Chief Editor, Euractiv CZ

Pavel Zámyslický

Director, Department of Climate Change, Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic

Linda Zeilina

Founder & CEO, International Sustainable Finance Centre

Ingeborg Radok Žádná

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