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Minister Lipavský Awarded Slovak President Čaputová During the Prague European Summit
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Minister Lipavský Awarded Slovak President Čaputová During the Prague European Summit


On 13 and 14 June 2024, the 10th anniversary edition of the Prague European Summit will take place at the Czernin Palace. Almost two hundred participants from the ranks of politicians and experts discuss the priorities for the European Union after the European Parliament elections, with an emphasis on support for Ukraine, a common strategy towards Russia and strengthening European competitiveness. Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová was the guest of honour at the conference, and Minister Lipavský presented her with an award for her service to the European vision.

The conference was opened by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jan Lipavský, who delivered the keynote speech and presented President Čaputová with an award for creating a Europe with a clear vision of values.

During his speech, Minister Jan Lipavský pointed out that the EU can only be a respected global actor if it primarily takes care of its own continent.  "Europe's future, our security and our prosperity depend on how we manage to confront Russia's aggression in Ukraine and its increasingly aggressive actions against the West," the Czech minister said. "But let us focus on the future. We are entering a new institutional cycle under very different circumstances. Today's challenges facing the Union and its Member States are much more complex than five years ago. The international order as we have known it is breaking down and we must respond," the Czech diplomatic chief concluded.

Among the Czech representatives attending the event are Minister for European Affairs Martin Dvořák, Minister of Industry and Trade Jozef Síkela and Vice-President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová.

The Prague European Summit is one of the main international events in Czechia focusing on European issues every year. It is organised by the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy and the Institute of International Relations in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, under the auspices of the President of the Republic, the Office of the Government, the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Confederation of Industry and Transport, and with the support of the Representation of the European Commission and the Hanns Seidel Foundation.

Among others, the German State Minister for Europe and Climate Anna Lührmann, Russian opposition journalist and activist Zhanna Nemtsova, Senior Advisor to the Belarusian opposition leader Franek Vyachorka, representatives of EU institutions and state administration, and renowned experts from leading European think tanks will hold discussions at the Czernin Palace. The accompanying programme in cooperation with People in Need and Světozor cinema includes a public screening of the Oscar-winning film 20 Days in Mariupol, followed by a discussion with guests from Ukraine.