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Programma:

8-nov.-2016 17:40 - 20:30

„Havel´s Power of the Powerless: How can the EU connect better with its people“ Václav Havel European Dialogue Conference

Under auspices of MEP Pavel Svoboda and Mrs. Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, the Czech Centre in Brussels in cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republic to the Kingdom of Belgium, Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU, Goethe Institute and Václav Havel Library invite you to the conference „Havel´s Power of the Powerless: How can the EU connect better with its people“ which will be held on 8th November 2016 from 18:00 to 20:30 at the European Commission in Brussels, Breydel auditorium.

Conference programme: 

The conference “Havel´s Power of the Powerless: How can the EU connect better with its people“ aims to continue a debate about Europe and thus contribute to the discussion in the context of growing distrust of European citizens in the European Union and the crisis related to it.

One of Václav Havel´s legacies was his civic engagement based on his sense of responsibility for the future of the society and the country he was a part of. As a convinced European, he stressed the need to maintain the connection between the state and its institutions, and its people. For him politics was an ongoing, deeply meaningful dialogue comparable to a theatre piece. The EU reflecting the values he was fighting for needs to generate stories which would address people´s concerns and dreams. It should avoid being perceived as a de-personalized structure. How to introduce the “Europe of stories”? How can we bring the EU closer to the people and protect it from populism? What stories stories do Euro­peans expect from the EU? How can the EU emphasize its original contribution for peace?

Increased popular discontent in the EU countries with the associated symptoms of populism, confusion and emotionality in public discourse has led to the crisis of trust of European citizens in the future of the EU, manifested, i.a. by the outcome of the referendum in the UK. At the same time, the EU clearly needs the self-reflection and rethinking of the connection between the world of the EU institutions and member states, between politics and civil society, high policies and low politics, elites and ordinary people. What can the European leaders and the EU institutions do to change the dynamics? What should be changed? How to address popular concerns and reassure people?

Conference will be held in English.

Organisers: Václav Havel Library, Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU, Embassy of the Czech Republic to the Kingdom of Belgium, Czech Centre in Brussels, Goethe Institute

Under the Auspices of:

Věra Jourová, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality

Pavel Svoboda, Member of European Parliament, EPP

Where: Breydel Auditorium, Avenue d‘Auderghem 45, Brussels

When: 8th November 2016 (18:00-20:30), registration will start at 17:45

Registration needed before 4th November 2016 12:00 (noon) atpetrakova@czech.cz

Participants who do not have access to the Eutropean Commisison or the Council of the European Union have to provide the following information: Name, Surname; Date of birth and  ID / passport number.

Photo by Oldřich Škácha


                           

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Datum:

8-nov.-2016 17:40 - 20:30

Georganiseerd door:

In samenwerking met het Tsjechisch Centrum


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