Academic program

July 24th - July 31st 2021

Lectures and workshops 2021

The academic programme for European Summer School 2021 is being continuously announced and broadened these days. Below, you can find some of the lectures awaiting our students this summer.

Please follow our website and Facebook page for more updates. Meanwhile, you can take a look at the topics which we are going to adress during this year´s lectures at the section "Topics" on our website.


European economic recovery - equipped with new tools towards new beginnings?

Zuzana Stuchlíková

The COVID-19 pandemic brought along an unprecedented economic downfall. In an attempt to provide new stimulus for the economy, European Union introduced the Next Generation EU plan, providing the member states with extra €750 billion on top of the €1 074.3 billion from the Multiannual Financial Framework. Key part of the recovery plan is the Recovery and Resilience Facility, a tool which aims to mitigate the economic and social impact of the coronavirus pandemic and make European economies and societies more sustainable, resilient and better prepared for future challenges, with a great emphasis on the green and digital transitions. However, connecting the damage control with forward looking approaches proves difficult for member states across the EU – especially in a situation when the pandemic is still ongoing, the time framework is unprecedentedly tight and the program calls for forward-looking innovative solutions.

This session will begin by an introductory lecture to the topic, which will be followed by a workshop familiarizing the students with basic principles of the new programs aiming to support the EU economic recovery and provide an impulse for investments to green and digital measures. This highly interactive lecture will allow participants to step into the shoes of policy makers and suggest the most efficient schemes for model situations.


New US administration - chance to reset the transatlantic agenda and revitalize EU-US relations?

Danielle Piatkiewicz

About halfway into his first year, the Biden Administration has had to balance a range of domestic issues including combatting the ongoing pandemic, rebuilding the economy and healing a divided nation while maintaining his campaign and early promises in the White House to put America back at the global table. So far, he has sought to rebuild and repair relations with partners around the world and most notably, to restrengthen the EU-US relations. The last four years under the previous administration have been a stress test for this relationship as Trump took unilateral approaches towards many global issues, often departing from the multilateral system and leaving the EU to fend for itself.

With new American leadership in place, the EU and the US now have an opportunity to recommit to various multilateral efforts and realign on foreign policy items including post-pandemic and economic recovery, climate change, security, digital and trade relations, and to deal jointly with geopolitical challengers such as Russia and China. As the US and the EU seek to develop a new transatlantic agenda for global cooperation based on common values, interests and global influence, the EU has an opportunity to become a more balanced and equal player in addressing these global challenges than before. This session will explore the ongoing and future foreign policies of the Biden administration, discuss how these will further impact the future EU-US relationship and how the EU can be a more proactive player as the new transatlantic agenda continues to develop.


The quest for European strategic autonomy

Ondřej Ditrych

Following an outburst of new initiatives to deepen defence and security integration with the adoption of the European Global Strategy (EUGS), the time has now come to develop a strategic consensus that would guide the capacity building processes within PESCO or European Defence Fund frameworks toward concrete deliverables in support of security projection, value promotion and forward resilience. To that end, strategic debate in the EU has been reinvigorated through the launch of the Strategic Compass process due to be finalised during French EU Council Presidency in 2022. In the meantime, strategic autonomy continues to be a subject of controversy, above all due to a divergence of views regarding how to relate the pursuit of strategic autonomy with the current and future state of Transatlantic alliance in view of the global challenges including the intensified geopolitical confrontation in international politics.

What is the genesis, key faultlines and promise of the strategic autonomy debate? What are the various end games for the pursuit of strategic autonomy, e.g. in terms of capacity to project stability in the (wider) European neighbourhood or even beyond, e.g. in support of protecting the global commons to sustain EU´s trading power status? Is EU able to reach these end games? How does the concept of strategic autonomy travel to other domains (e.g. digital agenda) and to what ends?


Climate action and green recovery from the V4 perspective

Kateřina Davidová

In 2019, the EU has agreed to reach climate neutrality by 2050. In 2020, the mid-term target of emission-reduction by 2030 has been updated from 40% to at least 55% compared to 1990 levels. Now we must move from plans to action, while also taking into account the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the Commission will unveil its biggest climate and energy legislative package yet. Deep reforms are needed in order to get the EU on track to reaching its climate goals. Every country will need to step up its game, yet there are still vast differences among Member States when it comes to delivering the green transformation and dedication to the principles of sustainable recovery.

Some of the CEE countries fear that decarbonisation will pose uneven burdens on their societies and economies. Some recovery plans are supporting business-as-usual rather than making full use of the opportunity for profound change. At the same time, there are unprecedented financial resources available for countries and regions hardest hit by the transition to help them get on track, including from the Just Transition Fund and the Resilience and Recovery Fund. How does the future of climate action look like from the V4 perspective? What are the biggest obstacles to decarbonising their economies and will the money be enough to overcome them? What is needed to make the green transition fair, inclusive and above all successful?


Workshop: Sustainable future of Europe - How to get there and what role could you play in it? 

Klára Berg

The EU strives for reaching climate neutrality by 2050. How does it look like to live in a climate neutral world? When we plan a change, we are trained to see the obstacles first. This time we are going to allow ourselves to look at the carbon-free world from a different angle. From the angle where another world is possible. 

In order to create a sustainable, resilient and just future, we must first have a vision of this future. This participatory workshop is going to boost your imagination with several creative activities. Once we have a common vision of a climate neutral future, in the second part of the workshop we are going to work together in order to find policy solutions that will lead us to carbon-free solutions in different sectors. At the end of the workshop, participants are going to reflect on the impact of different solutions and choose their ways in which they can embrace building a better future for all.


Visegrad 4 – does this format of cooperation still make sense?

Aleš Chmelař


Workshop: Introduction to debating and argumentation

Tereza Vicková

The students will learn the theory and practice of debating according to the Oxford-style rules. First, they will explore the basic concepts of proper argumentation as well as what is considered to be argumentation fallacies. After the indtructory part, they will be divided into small groups and will get the chance to try their newly gained skills in practice. Afterwards, they will share their views on what went well and what could have been done better in order to learn the most from the workshop. This activity will enhance students’ key transferable skills such as critical thinking, analysis of facts and formulation of arguments and public speaking.

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