Final conference of the project “Challenging the Czech Tales on European Policies”


take a great pleasure in inviting you to the final conference of the project



In the last year, the EU has discussed and adopted many issues crucial for the further development of European integration. The eurozone crisis has led to adoption of many measures amending the rules of economic governance and financial assistance to the eurozone countries, but also to discussion of more efficient and more expert decision-making of European institutions. The nearing end of the seven-year budgetary framework also means the need to negotiate the future Multiannual financial framework in the time of fiscal austerity, stricter audit of the use of EU budget, and stronger budgetary powers of the European Parliament.

Even though these questions are crucial for further development of the EU in mid- and long-term, the EU-wide debate is insufficient. National debates are often isolated and limited to financial arguments, without more detailed information on debates in other Member States or without detailed analysis of long-term effects. What is the content of these debates in Central-European states, the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, and Slovakia, and what can they learn from one another?

All these issues will be debated in two panels named “Competitiveness of Central Europe in Times of Crisis” and “Future of European Integration – Central European Perspective” of the final event of the project Challenging the Czech Tales on European Policies, supported by the Open Society Foundations. The conference has been supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Prague and the Czech-Polish Forum as well. Media partner of the event is

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Speakers include:

VLADIMIR BILCIK, Head of European Studies Research Programme, Slovak Foreign Policy Association, Slovakia

ULRIKE HERRMANN, Journalist, Die Tageszeitung, Germany

OGNIAN HISHOW, Senior Associate, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Germany

VIERA KNUTELSKA, Research Fellow, Association for International Affairs, Czech Republic

DAVID KRAL, Director, EUROPEUM – Institute for European Policy, Czech Republic

AGNIESZKA ŁADA, Head of the European Programme, The Institute of Public Affairs, Poland

MAŁGORZATA LEŁINSKA, Specialist, Department of Structural Funds, PKP Lewiatan, Poland (tbc)

MIROSLAV LOPATA, Partner & General Manager, Premier Consulting, Slovakia

ARNOST MARKS, Project Consultant, Association for International Affairs, Czech Republic

MARTIN TLAPA, Deputy State Secretary for European affairs, Office of the Government, Czech Republic


Working language: English

Time and venue:
Thursday , December 13, 2012, 9:00 – 15:00
Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Prague, Valdstejnska 8, Prague 1