3rd Annual Conference
The Vaclav Havel European Dialogues
Prague,  30. 5. 2016


Europe Facing its Migration and Refugee Challenges: EU, Nation States and Civic Society

Where and when

  • Date:  Monday, 30. 5.  2016
  • Venue: DOX Gallery, Prague
  • Organiser: Václav Havel Library
  • Institutional Partners: European Commission Representation in the Czech Republic, Citizens' Dialogues
  • Conference Partners: DOX Gallery, Sekyra Group, Havel@80


8.15-9.00 – Registration

9.00-9.15 – Conference opening

  • Michael Zantovsky, Director of the Václav Havel Library and Jan Michal, Director of the European Commission Representation
  • Introductions: Jacques Rupnik and Pavel Seifter: VH European Dialogues and conference theme

9.15-10.45 – 1st panel

  • Migration and European Security
  • Speaker: Ivan Gabal (Prague)
  • Panelists: Michela Ceccorulli (Bologna), Natalie Nougayrede (London), Pia Bungarten (Bonn/Berlin)
  • Chair: Michael Zantovsky (Prague)

10.45-11.00 – Coffee break

11.00-12.30 – 2nd panel

  • Understanding European frontiers and Schengen: what will have to change? 
  • Speaker: Catherine Wihtol de Wenden (Paris)
  • Response: Karel Schwarzenberg (Prague)
  • Panel: Attila Melegh (Budapest), Leonidas Cheliotis (Athens/London) 
  • Chair: Tony Curzon Price (London)

12.30-13.30 – Lunch

13.30-15.00 – 3rd panel

  • Balkan Transit - EU’s unfinished business
  • Speaker: Jovan Teokarevic (Belgrade)
  • Panel: Veton Surroi (Pristina),  Saso Ordanoski (Skopje)
  • Chair: Jacques Rupnik (Paris)

15.00-15.30 – Coffee break

15.30-17.00 – 4th panel

  • Quo vadis, Central Europe?
  • Speaker and chair: Aleksander Smolar (Paris)
  • Panel: Attila Melegh (Budapest), Martin Simecka (Bratislava), Ludek Niedermayer (Prague/Bruxelles)

17.00-18.30 – Let's talk about Europe

  • Dialogue involving Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, Commissioner Věra Jourová, and citizens of Europe
  • Moderator: Michael Zantovsky
  • More information: www.bit.ly/EUdialog

18.30 - Reception

The conference will take place in English and Czech and be simultaneously interpreted into both languages.

Letter to Gustáv Husák – samizdat essay

„The Czechs and Slovaks, like any other nation, harbour within themselves simultaneously the most disparate potentialities. We have had, still have, and will continue to have our heroes, and equally, our informers and traitors.“

Václav Havel:
Letter to Gustáv Husák – samizdat essay, April 8, 1975

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