We would like to cordially invite you to the public debate titled:
“Building Europe through Democratic Processes”
The event will take place on Monday, 18 September 2017 from 17.00-19.00 at the Schebek Palace (Politickych Veznu 936/7, 110 00 Prague 1). The Government of Catalonia organizes the debate in cooperation with EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy.
The debate will be attended by the following distinguished speakers:
- Raül Romeva Rueda, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Institutional Relations and Transparency of the Government of Catalonia.
- Dr. Benjamin Tallis, Senior Researcher, Institute of International Relations.
- Helena Valkova, Non-partisan member of the Chamber of Deputies, former Minister of Justice.
The debate will be moderated by Christian Kvorning Lassen, Research Fellow, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy.
The event will focus on the issues pertaining to European integration; how pressure to increase democracy at European level regularly emanates from outside European institutions, through not only active citizens but also NGOs, intellectuals, philosophers, political scientists and civil society in general. However, is there a European identity that underpins it all and can offset what some perceive to be a democratic deficit? In this sense, further integration might be necessary to tackle an unprecedented political crisis and waning trust in the European project.
How can the EU, Member States or other actors promote the EU’s democratic legitimacy? Is there a need to rebalance the current power structure in the European Union? What would be the role of smaller and medium states within it? Are the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality enough to ensure the sharing of power equally between the Union and the Member States?
Following a keynote speech by Mr. Romeva Rueda, the event will feature a panel discussion by the three panelists, followed by a Q&A session during which the public has the opportunity to engage in a discussion with the panelists.
There will be both refreshments and light food available to all participants.
After the panel discussion, the Catalonian jazz musician Mrs. Andrea Mottis will perform a small jazz session to accompany the food and drinks.