European Liberal Forum, VVD International and the Institute for Politics and Society invite you to the afternoon roundtables "For a Free and Secure Europe".

Under the heading ‘For a Free and Secure Europe’ the European Liberal Forum (ELF), with support of VVD International and the Institute for Politics and Society, has brought together politicians, representatives from civil society and liberal think tanks from Western, Central and Southeastern Europe and the United States, in a series of seminars and round tables to exchange knowledge and best practices on how to offer a global perspective on keeping European citizens both secure and free. This event will feature panel discussions on EU military defense, cyber security and fake news.



Registration and lunch

Welcome speech

Jan Macháček, Chairman of the Board, Institute for Politics and Society


Panel – EU Military Defence

Points to be discussed:

  • The importance of EU military defense in the contemporary world
  • A strong military in the EU is necessary to keep European citizens both free and secure
  • The EU should expand its objectives and priorities to address new threats
  • EU member states should invest more in their military


Martin Riegl, Director of the Defence Policy Department, Ministry of Defence

Tomáš Kučera, Assistant Professor, Department of Security Studies, Charles University


Coffee break

Panel – Cybersecurity

Points to be discussed:

  • The importance of cybersecurity
  • The EU needs to expand its activities to address cyber warfare
  • Cyberstrikes by foreign governments constitute as an act of war
  • The EU residents should trade in parts of their privacy for more cyber security


Ondřej Malý, former Deputy Minister for the Internetisation, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic

Tomáš Flídr, cyber security expert, Deloitte


Coffee break


Panel – Fake News

Points to be discussed:

  • Fake news is major threat for democracies
  • The European Commission for tackling online disinformation is an effective way to combat fake news and disinformation
  • The danger of fake news and misinformation in the contemporary world
  • Social media companies should be held responsible when fake news is posted or spread on their platforms


Roman Máca, analyst, Institute for Politics and Society


Networking reception with prosecco and snacks

The working language is Czech. 

Registration for the roundtables must be confirmed by organizers. 

Our event will be held on 1st November, 12:15-18:00 in the conference room Onyx A, Angelo by Vienna House, Radlická 3216/1G, Prague.



An event organised by the European Liberal Forum (ELF) with the assistance of VVD International and the Institute for Politics and Society. Co-funded by the European Parliament. The European Parliament is not responsible for the content of the programme, or for any use that may be made of it. These views do not necessarily reflect those of the European Parliament and/or the European Liberal Forum.