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Václav Havel European Dialogues 2021, Civil Society Expulsed and Resisting

This year´s ninth Brussels edition of Václav Havel European Dialogues took place on October 12 at the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU. The topic of the meeting was “Civil society expulsed and resisting.” 

The speakers focused on the role of exiled groups and civil society in supporting democracy around the world. A specific focus was given to the European close neighbourhood. The event was organized by the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the European Union, the Václav Havel Library, the Czech Embassy in Belgium and the Czech Centre in Brussels.

The Václav Havel European Dialogues is an international project that aims to initiate and stimulate a discussion about issues determining the direction of contemporary Europe while referring to the European spiritual legacy of Václav Havel. This conference is a continuation of a tradition initiated already in 2013.

The debate was moderated by Michael Žantovský, Executive Director of the Václav Havel Library. Edita Hrdá, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the EU, and Pavel Klucký, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the Kingdom of Belgium opened the discussion.

Among the distinguished speakers were Eamon Gilmore, EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Tatiana Poshevalova, programme manager of the International NGO EuroBelarus, Andrius Kubilius, Member of the European Parliament, and Rostislav Valvoda, Executive Director of Prague Civil Society Centre.

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