The Václav Havel European Dialogues

21. May 2019

A few days before elections to the European Parliament, the Václav Havel Library organized the sixth edition of the conference: the Václav Havel European Dialogues. Not only did the guests evaluate the current state of the European Union, Central Europe, and the Czech Republic, they also looked to the future. They paid particular attention to young people whose lives the EU will influence.

The Václav Havel European Dialogues is an international project that aims to initiate and stimulate discussion about the issues determining the direction of contemporary Europe. This year, the guests discussed three thematic panels: The EU – A Matter of Love or Marriage of Convenience, Central Europe in the EU and the EU in Central Europe, and The Millennials and the Future of the EU.

Conference speakers (from left) Martin Povejsil (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic), Lenka Zlamalová (Journalist, Echo24), Pavel Rychetsky (Chief Justice, Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic) and Vera Jourova (European Commissioner). © Vaclav Havel Library / Vojtech Stadnik.

The diverse panelists included representatives of state authorities – the President of the Constitutional Court – as well as representatives of civic initiatives and the media. As was mentioned at the conference, for young people, the EU is a natural part of their life. However, how do they view it, and how do they see its future? Among others, YouTuber Kovy, singer Vojtech Dyk, and Barbora Kollarova, finalist of the Václav Havel Library essayist contest, presented their views.

The Václav Havel Library is known for starting the dialogue on current issues regarding the European spiritual legacy of Václav Havel. Zdenek Bakala is one of its founders and together with his wife Michaela, they support the activities which strengthen democratic values, human rights, and freedom on a long term basis.

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