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Delegation of Prague to the EU, the Institute for Politics and Society and the European Liberal Forum coordially invite you to the discussion "Multi-speed Europe".

Europe à la carte or multi-speed Europe has been discussed for a long time. President of the European Commission Mr. Juncker presented multi-speed Europe as one of the scenarios for the future development of the EU. Those who are strong and ready should not be stopped from further integration and this issue also became more topical since Macron was elected. Integration should concern the fight against terrorism, common border security and common defence. This tool should act as some form of separation from countries with illiberal tendencies such as Poland and Hungary. Alternatively, it could also be used as a leverage against countries, which refuse their share of refugees established under the quota system. The most important aspect of multi-speed Europe is, however, to finish the integration of the Eurozone.

Is multi-speed Europe a sustainable concept? What are the pros and cons? Who would benefit the most from this concept? What are the threats? Can multi-speed Europe be a solution to protectionism and growing nationalism? Could it restore citizens’ trust in the EU?


Welcome speech:

Susanne Hartig, Executive Director, European Liberal Forum

Speakers in the first panel:

Věra Jourová, European Commissioner, ALDE

Pavel Svoboda, Member of the European Parliament, EPP

Ivan Hodač, Vice President of the ASPEN Institute

Speakers in the second panel:

Dita Charanzová, Member of the European Parliament, ALDE

Martin Povejšil, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the EU

Roland Freudenstein, Policy Director, Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies

Hans H. Stein, Director European and Transatlantic Dialogue, Friedrich Naumann Foundation,


The discussion will be moderated by Jan Macháček, Chairman of the Board, Institute for Politics and Society and it will take place on 7th November 2017 from 7:00 pm in Prague House, Avenue Palmerston 16, 1000 BRUXELLES, BELGIUM. The event is held in English.

Please, register by sending an email  praguehouse@praha.eu.


This is a roundtable discussion organized by the European Liberal Forum (ELF) with the assistance of the Institute for Politics and Society, and co-funded by the European Parliament. The European Parliament is not responsible for the content of the program, 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.