The long-successful format of the Café Evropa debate has been running since 2015. The aim is to mediate discussions on European issues and the position of the Czech Republic in the EU to the general public. The discussing guests of Café Evropa are experts on the issue and representatives of European and Czech institutions. Since 2017, debates have been held not only in Prague but also in the Czech regions.
The format of Café Evropa in the regions is extended by the concerns expressed by citizens in each region where the debate is taking place. Each panel contains different regional stakeholders: regional policymakers, private sector representatives, social partners, experts or journalists. The main goal is to give citizens in the regions the opportunity to discuss European issues and develop their understanding of the EU.
Discussions on select EU policies and the position and role of Czechia in the EU, according to the concerns expressed by citizens in each region where the debate will take place. Each panel will feature different regional stakeholders: regional politicians, private sector representatives, social partners, experts, or journalists. The main objective is to give citizens in the regions the possibility to discuss European topics and to develop their understanding of the EU.
Café Evropa offers debates about topics such as European integration/disintegration, post-pandemic recovery, Green Deal, decarbonisation, Brexit, Eurozone, EU values, rule of law, energy policy, education, future of enlargement, topical EU policies, European security and defence, or regional development.
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The project is co-organized by the Institute for European Policy EUROPEUM, European Commission Representation in the Czech Republic and Office of the European Parliament in the Czech Republic in cooperation with the Europe Direct network, Eurocenters network of the Czech Government Office and other partners.
Expertise: Economic issues, European security and NATO, war crimes and international law problematic
Expertise: European security and defence, hybrid threats, Transatlantic relations, Slovak national and foreign policy