12 November, 2015 – 08:30 to 13 November, 2015 – 18:30
Lobkowicz Palace at Prague Castle

The conference titled European Union institutions fit for external challenges launches on 12 November 2015 and is organized in the framework of the Prague European Summit.

The topic of the inaugural conference reflects the current state of the integration process. On one hand the economic crisis has been overcome, and in reaction to it the economic governance in the Eurozone and in the EU as a whole has been fundamentally transformed. On the other hand in the fields of foreign and security policy the EU faces the fundamental challenge of the destabilization of its neighbourhood, including the aggressive policy of Russia towards Ukraine and the aspirations of the so-called Islamic State in the southern and south-eastern neighbourhood. These changes in the strategic environment call, now much more than any time before, for effective work on the part of the EU institutions, which will, at the same time, need sufficient democratic legitimacy. The aim of this year’s conference is therefore to re-think both the inner institutional setting of the EU and the impact its decision-making mechanisms will have on the implementation of the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU.

CEPI’s Director Milan Nič will chair the session titled How to defeat the so-called Islamic State and prevent the formation of other such organizations in the MENA region?

The speakers of the session:

  • Shmuel Bar, Director of Studies, Institute of Policy and Strategy, Herzliya, Israel
  • Jana Hybášková, former Head of the Delegation of the EU to Iraq, Head of the Delegation of the EU to Namibia
  • Roland Freudenstein, Deputy Director and Head of Research at the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, Brussels
  • Antonio Missiroli, Director, European Union Institute for Security Studies, Paris

The Prague European Summit is conceived as a platform for a regular high-level strategic debate on the future of the European Union. Its goal is to look for common answers to the key challenges that Europe is facing in the economic, social, foreign-policy and institutional fields. As an initiative of the consortium of three prominent Czech think-tanks (the Institute of International Relations, European Values and EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy) carried out under the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and Representation of the European Commission in the Czech Republic, it will offer space for an informal dialogue among political representatives, high-ranking state officials, representatives of interest groups, businessmen, academicians and journalists.

You can download the full programme of the conference here.


Milan Nič

Head of Future of Europe Programme