European Values Network
The European Values Network is a lively network of active European citizens who want to engage in searching for and formulating alternative solutions to make Europe freer, safer, stronger and more prosperous. The EVN operates through working groups on most urgent policy issues, workshop meetings, e-communication and conferences. The outcomes of the EVN are policy-paper publications.
The European Values Network 2007
Annual conferences aim to analyse and offer new solutions of main challenges of the European society and the European Union, experts and politicians being the target.
Conference 2006: European Values and Identity for the 21st Century
European values such as personal freedom and responsibility, human dignity, solidarity, active civil society, market economy, democracy and the role of law were in the core of the discussions. The panellists evaluated to what extent the current policies of the European Union reflect the essential values of the European civilisation.
Views on this issue were among others presented by Nikolas Busse - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Professor Ferdinand Kinsky - International Centre for European Studies in Nice, professor Christian Stadler - Vienna University, Josef Zieleniec - MEP and former Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Erich Hochleitner - former Ambassador of Austria to the NATO.
Conference 2007: Enlargement, Borders and Neighbourhood of the EU
The issues of enlargement, borders and neighbourhood are of eminent importance to the future existence of the European Union. The conference analysed the direct connection between outer borders and inner organisation and orientation of the union. This topic was discussed from different perspectives – the first panel was devoted to the criteria for borders of a political community, the second panel addressed the limits of enlargement in relation to our partners and, finally, the third panel analysed the direction towards a strong Europe from the political perspective.
Among the speakers at the conference were Franz Fischler - former Commissioner of the EU, Sylvie Goulard - President of the European Movement France, John Palmer - former Political Director of the European Policy Centre, Michel Foucher - French Ambassador-at-Large for EU Affairs, Alexandr Vondra - Czech Vice Prime Minister for European Affairs, and Josef Zieleniec, MEP, former Czech Foreign Affairs Minister.
Regular public debates with politicians and experts dedicated to current as well as timeless issues related to European integration and the role of the Czech Republic in this process. The aim of the debates is to address issues of great importance for the EU though not sufficiently discussed in the media and the public.
Selected issues discussed in 2007:
Among others, speakers of the European Club were:
Interactive education programmes for university students. The programmes consist not only of interactive workshops but above all lectures delivered by leading academics and personalities with a political experience.
2006: From Identity towards European Integration
Academic patron: Doc. PhDr. Rudolf Kučera, CSc., Charles University Prague
Interactive workshop: Session of the European Council on the question of Turkey
2007: Way towards an effective European Union
Academic patron: Doc. PhDr. Markéta Pittrová, PhD., Masaryk University Brno
Interactive workshop: Model of the European Parliament
Presenting analyses, comments and recommendations on various issues of public policy.