EUROPEUM has new leadership. It will be led by experienced diplomat Zdeněk Beránek and Martin Vokálek

The EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy will be headed by a new director from October 1st. Zdeněk Beránek, who has worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served as Deputy Ambassador in Washington, has been appointed the new Director. After seven years, he replaces Vladimír Bartovic, who has been with the Institute since 1999. Also, current Deputy Director Martin Vokálek will be in a new position as Executive Director.

Invitation: Democracy back then and now: What challenges are we facing?

Only 30 years ago, after the fall of the Communist regime, the Czech Republic made a large transition from a non-democratic regime with a centrally planned economy to a liberal and parliamentary democracy with a free-market economy. While the expectations were high, the democratic reality of today is quite different. In 2019, the country witnessed the largest manifestations since the Velvet Revolution. What are the challenges that young democracies such as the Czech Republic face?

The in-person debate will take place on Tuesday, 12th October, from 16:00 to 17:30 at Prague 1 (the exact venue will be confirmed soon).

Please register for the event here.
You can find more information about the debate at the Facebook event.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Linda Sokačová, Director, Amnesty International Czech Republic 
  • Monika MacDonagh-Pajerová, lecturer, New York University in Prague, Czech activist, former diplomat, and student leader of the 1989 Velvet Revolution 
  • Moderator: Alexandra Visnerova, Project Manager at EUROPEUM

INVITATION: To what extent will the parliamentary elections affect the parties’ approaches to the European Union?

We invite you to the debate “To what extent will the parliamentary elections affect the parties’ approaches to the European Union?” The debate will take place on Wednesday 6 October 2021 from 17:30 to 19:00.

REPORT: The V4 towards a new NATO Strategic Concept and the EU Strategic Compass

Our research fellow Danielle Piatkiewicz participated in a report by V4 Senior Defense Experts. The paper is written by sixteen senior defence experts and it is a summary of a broader project entitled: “Returning to the roots of the Visegrad cooperation – coordinating V4 strategy towards NATO Strategic Concept and European defense autonomy” that is supported by the International Visegrad Fund.

EURACTIV: Turkey under Erdogan has little chance of good relations with the EU. But they must tackle migration together

In an article for, the head of our Brussels office, Žiga Faktor, comments on the tense relationship between the EU and Turkey. The commentary focuses on the future direction of mutual relations and migration from Afghanistan.

ČT24: European Union Summit: What is the plan for EU accession for Western Balkans?

Our researcher Jana Juzová commented on the situation regarding the EU Summit with the Western Balkans in Slovenia in the live broadcast of Studio ČT24. The topic of conversation is, among other things, the accession of the Western Balkans to the EU, its form and timeline.

Youth Conference in Prague

EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, in cooperation with the European Parliament office in the Czech Republic, is organising the first Youth Conference in Prague for students at Czech middle schools and universities, which will be part of the activities of the conference on the Future of Europe. The conference aims to provide young people with a platform and opportunities to be part of the Europe-wide discussions on the future of Europe.