Europe’s  Unstable  Eastern Neighbourhood:  What  role for Civil Society?

 Václav Havel European Dialogue Conference

  • Organisers: Václav Havel Library, Czech Centre Brussels, European Partnership for Democracy, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU
  • Venue: Room 2Q2, European Parliament, Brussels
  • Date: 18th November 2015, 18:00-20:00

The program of the conference will include two panel discussions: first with the theme of Eastern Neighbourhood of the EU withVolodymyr Ogrysko, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, and Ekaterine Tkeshelashvili, Former Minister for Reintegration of Georgia. Second panel will be oriented on European Neighbourhoud Policy and its current review with Rostislav Valvoda, Director of Prague Civil Society Centre, Iryna Shvets, Civic Network OPORA Ukraine, and Sona Ayvazyan, Transparency International Armenia and representing Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum.

The conference “Europe´s Unstable Eastern Neighbourhood: What role for Civil Society?” aims to continue a debate about Europe and to contribute to a discussion in the context of European Neighbourhood Policy Review, especially with a focus to the importance of the engagement of civil society for democracy.

Power of the Powerless – samizdat essay

„Technology – that child of modern science, which in turn is a child of modern metaphysics – is out of humanity’s control, has ceased to serve us, has enslaved us and compelled us to participate in the preparation of our own destruction. And humanity can find no way out: we have no idea and no faith, and even less do we have a political conception to help us bring things back under human control. We look on helplessly as that coldly functioning machine we have created inevitably engulfs us, tearing us away from our natural affiliations (for instance, from our habitat in the widest sense of that word, including our habitat in the biosphere) just as it removes us from the experience of Being and casts us into the world of “existences”.“

Václav Havel:
Power of the Powerless – samizdat essay, October 1978

What Price Human Rights?