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13. 11. 2014 23:31

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka launched the National Convent on the EU project

Ve čtvrtek 13. listopadu 2014 zahájil předseda vlády Bohuslav Sobotka první konferenci Národního konventu o EU s názvem Evropské vize České republiky.
On Thursday 13 November 2014, Prime Minister opened the first conference of the National Convent on the EU project, entitled “A European Vision for the Czech Republic”.
On Thursday 13 November 2014, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka opened the first conference in the National Convent on the EU project, called A European Vision for the Czech Republic. The new platform is intended to intensify the dialogue on European issues and to involve the wider public in discussions on Europe.

The four panel discussions in the opening conference in the Lichtenstein Palace also included addresses by the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, Jan Hamáček, Vice-Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of the CR, Zdeněk Škromach, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Michaela Marksová and State Secretary for European Affairs, Tomáš Prouza.

The speakers addressed current European issues, such as sustainable economic growth, increasing employment, cohesion policies or the current concept of European integration and the functioning of the twenty-eight Member States.

The Convent aims to create a unique debate format, which will involve not only the Government and Parliament, but also the non-profit sector and social partners. “We want to be active members of the European Union, which is why we want to promote discussion within the Czech Republic. We must realise that we ourselves are Europe and that it is important for us to discuss the future of the European Union,” explained Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka.

A further three round tables will be held under the Convent project to the end of this year, with one on November 25th 2014 focusing on the topic of migration and another on December 4th 2014 on institutional issues. The final round table will take place on December 11th 2014 and will be devoted to the cohesion policy.
The topics proposed for next year’s round tables are energy security, the Czech Republic and the Euro and the digital agenda.

The outcomes of the round tables will be recommendations, which will be regularly submitted to Czech policymakers for European issues as a basis for establishing national positions. Outputs will also be presented to the Committee for the EU and at meetings of the Working Team of the Council of Economic and Social Agreement for the EU.

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