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.

Speech on receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize, New Delhi

„Many Europeans and Americans today are painfully aware of the fact that Euro-American civilization has undermined and destroyed the autonomy of non-European cultures. They feel it was their fault, and thus feel they have to make amends through a kind of emotional identification with others, through accommodating them, through trying to ingratiate themselves, through a longing to “help” them in one way or another. To my mind, this is a false way of going about it… It contains… the same familiar feeling of superiority… It is inverted colonialism. It is an intellectual spasm. I think we will all help one another best if we make no pretences, remain ourselves, and simply respect and honour one another, just as we are. “

Václav Havel:
Speech on receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize, New Delhi, February 8, 1994

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