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State of the EU in 2018 and beyond: How can Europe succeed after EP elections?

11. október. 2018 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

On behalf of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association we would like to invite you to the conference „State of the EU in 2018 and beyond: How can Europe succeed after EP elections?“ held on October 11, 2018 in the Main Hall of the University of Economics in Bratislava.

The main aim of the conference is to analyze the state of the EU following the September speech by Jean-Claude Juncker on the state of the Union and explore ways how the EU can materialize Juncker’s ambition to become a more global financial and economic player and more effective security and international actor. We are happy to invite you to discuss these issues together with Slovak Foreign and European Minister Miroslav Lajčák and Vice-President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič. The timing of the conference will allow for discussion of the main achievements and shortcomings of the current European Commission. It will also provide space for debate on how the EU can succeed politically while facing Brexit and growing anti-European movements across member states in the run-up to EP elections in 2019.



10:00      Opening

Ferdinand Daňo, Rector of the University of Economics

Ladislav Miko, Head of EC Representation in Slovakia

Alexander Duleba, Director, Research Center of the SFPA

Claudia Ehing, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Prague


10:15      Panel discussion on the state of the EU


Oľga Baková, journalist


Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Slovakia

Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President of the European Commission


11:30      Coffee Break


12:00      Moderated panel discussion: Can the EU become stronger after Brexit and

European elections?

The panel will discuss the state of the EU with an eye to EP elections and inparticular consider the salience and relevance of three risks to Europe’s future:Brexit and its consequences, eroding European values in domestic politics and lack of clear policy priorities in EU-27.


Aneta Világi, Department of Political Science, Comenius University


František Ružička, State Secretary, Slovak MFA

Ivan Štefanec, Member of the European Parliament

Ladislav Miko, Head of European Commission Representation, Bratislava

Uwe Optenhögel, Vice-President, Foundation for European Progressive Studies


Zuzana Gabrižová, Editor-In-Chief, EURACTIV Slovakia


13:30      Conclusions followed by lunch


In order to participate, please register by October 9, 2018.



In case of any questions, feel free to contact us at sfpa@sfpa.sk.


11. október. 2018
10:00 am - 1:30 pm


SFPA, Zastúpenie EK v SR

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