Report of the event: Prague European Summit, 19-21 June 2018

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.