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Czech Presidency 2022 - Priorities and Expectations


Czech Presidency 2022 - Priorities and Expectations


The Czech Republic takes over the Presidency of the Council of the EU once again. What tasks does the Czech Republic have ahead, and what should the country achieve during the Presidency? These are the questions that will be addressed during the four-panel conference organised by Spolek pro evropskou politiku and

Europe as a task
The Czech EU Presidency begins. Has the government devoted sufficient time and personal capacities to the EU Presidency organisation? What are Czech ambitions, and what should the Czech Republic achieve within the EU Council?

9:00 - 9:05 - Welcome Speech
MARKUS EHM - Head of Regional Project Central Europe, Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung
ADÉLA JURECKOVÁ - Director of Prague office of Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

9:05 - 10:30 - Panel Debate
MIKULÁŠ BEK - Minister for European Affairs
MAREK MORA - Deputy Governor of the Czech Central Bank, coordinator of the 2009 Czech Presidency
JELISAVETA PUAC - Department for the Czech EU Presidency, the Czech Government's Office
RADEK ŠPICAR - Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic
LUCIE STUDNICNÁ - Head of International Department of Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions, Vice-president of Group II EESC

Europe with a war on its doorstep
The war in Ukraine is a lesson for the whole continent, after which many countries have decided to increase their defence investment commitments. What potential has the cross-border cooperation? How to strengthen the EU's defence capabilities in light of the war in Ukraine? And how to ensure the cyber security of European states?

11:00 – 12:30 - Panel Debate
TOMÁŠ KOPECNÝ - Deputy Minister for Industrial Cooperation, Ministry of Defence & Armed Forces of the Czech Republic
JIRÍ HYNEK - President and Executive Director, Defence and Security Industry Association of the Czech Republic
KRISTINA SOUKUPOVÁ - President of DefSec Innovation Hub
MARTINA HERANOVÁ - Security Analyst, CEVRO Institut

Protecting European Democracy
Resilience of democratic institutions is one of designated key priorities of incoming Czech presidency of the EU Council. With focus especially on media pluralism, Czechia is going to lead talks on Media Freedom Act, which European Commission plans on presenting at the start of Czech presidency. What role should the Czech Presidency play in this respect?

13:30 – 15:00 - Panel Debate
MICHAL KLÍMA - Czech Government Commissioner for Media and Counter-Disinformation
MONIKA LADMANOVÁ - Advisor to the vice-president of the European Commission Vera Jourová
MARKÉTA GREGOROVÁ - MEP (Pirates / Greens)
JOSEF ŠLERKA - Head of New Media Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University
PAVLÍNA JANEBOVÁ - AMO Research Director

Future of European Energy
Decarbonisation and reducing dependence on Russian fuel imports are the two main challenges for the European energy sector. How to achieve affordable and clean energy in the shortest possible time? Does the EU have examples of good practice for effective instruments to secure energy rights and eliminate energy poverty? Are the European Commission's plans acceptable to the Member States, and will the Czech Republic be able to find a consensus?

15:30 – 17:00 Panel Debate
MARIAN JURECKA - Minister of Labour and Social Affairs (KDU-CSL)
PAVEL ZÁMYSLICKÝ - Director of Department of Energy and Climate Protection, Ministry of Environment
IVA KOPECNÁ - Head of The COREPER I Unit, the Czech Government's Office
ZUZANA KREJCIRÍKOVÁ - Director for Public Affairs, CEZ Group
KAREL POLANECKÝ - Energy expert, Friends of the Earth



Online and at the European House in Prague
Jungmannova 24, Prague, Czech Republic


9:00 - 9:05 - Welcome Speech
9:05 - 10:30 - Panel Debate "Europe as a task"
10.30 - 11.00 - Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30 - Panel Debate "Europe with a war on its doorstep"
12:30 – 13:30 - Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 - Panel Debate "Protecting European Democracy"
15:00-15:30 - Coffee Break
15:30 – 17:00 Panel Debate "Future of European Energy"