A few days before elections to the European Parliament, Vaclav Havel Library organized already the sixth edition of the conference the Vaclav Havel European Dialogues. Not only that the guests evaluated the current state of the European Union, Central Europe and Czech Republic, but they also looked to the future. They paid a particular attention to young people whose lives the EU will influence.
The Vaclav Havel European Dialogues is an international project that aims to initiate and stimulate a discussion about issues determining the direction of contemporary Europe. This year, the guests discussed in three thematic panels: EU – A Matter of Love or Marriage of Convenience, Central Europe in the EU and the EU in Central Europe and The Millennials and the Future of the EU.
Conference speakers (from left) Martin Povejsil (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic), Lenka Zlamalová (Journalist, Echo24), Pavel Rychetsky (Chief Justice, Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic) and Vera Jourova (European Commissioner). © Vaclav Havel Library / Vojtech Stadnik.
Panelists from diverse areas were present. Such as representatives of state authorities – the President of the Constitutional Court – as well as representatives of civic initiatives and media. As it was mentioned at the conference, for young people the EU is an natural part of their life. But how do they view it, and how do they see its future? Among others, youtuber Kovy, singer Vojtech Dyk and Barbora Kollarova, finalist of the Vaclav Havel Library essayist contest, were presenting their views.
The Vaclav Havel European Dialogues is organized by Vaclav Havel Library, which is known for opening current issues with reference to the European spiritual legacy of Vaclav Havel. Zdenek Bakala is one of its founders and together with his wife Michaela, they have been supporting the activities which strengthen democratic values, human rights and freedom on a long term basis.