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14-nov.-2017 18:00

Václav Havel European Dialogues 2017 in Brussels / The Trans-Atlantic Dream of a Free World: Still Relevant?

Under the auspices of MEP Pavel Svoboda and the European Commissioner  Věra Jourová, we invite you to the conference „The Trans-Atlantic Dream of a Free World: Still Relevant?“. Conference is organized in the framework of debates focused on Václav Havel and his intelectual and political legacy. Space limited, registration required.

Václav Havel European Dialogues is an annual international conference held in Brussels that aims to initiate and stimulate a discussion about issues determining the direction of contemporary Europe while referring to the spiritual legacy of Václav Havel.  One of Havel’s key principles was civic engagement based on a sense of responsibility for the future of one’s society and country. 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 conference entitled The Trans-Atlantic Dream of a Free World. Is It Still Relevant? aims to continue a debate about Europe and its transatlantic cooperation in the context of growing skepticism of European citizens in regards to European Union’s stability.

First Panel: America and Europe: Do They Still Have a Dream in Common?

Heather Conley / Pierre Vimont / Alexandr Vondra

The first panel of the conference will address the topic: „America and Europe: do they still have a dream in common?” The guests will discuss several related to the recent turbulencies in the United States and Europe.  Why does the new US administration question the value of EU as a key partner? Do common values and democratic political culture still form a basis of the relationship between Americans and Europeans? Both entities are committed to NATO, but do they see its mission identically?

Second Panel: What Agenda for Europeans and Americans?

Jan Surotchak / Ian Lesser / Petr Kolář

The latter panel will offer deeper insight into the topic „What Agenda for Europeans and Americans?“. After the recent financial crises, migration crises, Brexit, and changes in US administration, narratives focused on identities and economic protectionism came to the forefront, partially replacing traditional topics such as promotion of democracy. The speakers will discuss issues concerning common substance of European–American relationship, in relation to contemporary issues such as joint fight against terrorism, strengthening of NATO, and reforming TTIP.

Conference will be held in English.


Where: Rotunde Bertouille – BOZAR, Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Brussel

When: 14th November 2017 (18:00-20:30), registration will start at 5:45PM

Registration needed before 10th November 2017 12:00 (noon) at: ccbrussels@czech.cz


Under the Auspices of:

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

Pavel Svoboda, Member of European Parliament, EPP

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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, The German Marshall Fund of the United States and BOZAR Agora




BOZAR, Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Brussel


14-nov.-2017 18:00

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