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 (PES) 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.
Panels and interview at the last Prague European Summit that took place on 19-21 June in Prague reflected on how election outcomes and national policy choices are influenced by (and influence) the dynamics of European integration. TEPSA was also one of the co-organisers of the event.
1) Panel on EU policies, Communicating Europe, Public Perceptions of the EU and its Reform
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?
TEPSA supported this panel with the EfC grant.
The video from the panel is available here.
2) Panel Europe for Citizens: Reflecting the panel
3) Video interview with Karolína Kottová, Head of Political Section, Representation of the European Commission (the video is available here)
You can find more information about all Prague European Summits on its website.