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Future of European integration: Together or in multiple speeds? Impacts of recent crises including Covid-19 pandemic

25 června @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The event aims to promote the public debate about the future of European integration in the context of the current Covid-19 pandemic as well as other recent crises that the EU and its member states have faced. Hand in hand with these challenges the EU institutions as well as academics lead multiple debates on what direction would be more appropriate for the future of the EU.

In 2017 Jean Claude Juncker outlined five scenarios for the future of Europe among which he proposed letting those who want more, do more. Similarly, Emmanuel Macron spoke about his vision of the “European Renaissance” in which all member states do not have to go forward at one speed. Differentiated integration, nonetheless, is not new. Even today there are several areas in which only some member states cooperate while others do not. However, would the multiple speed approach be helpful in other areas as well, such as digitalization, agriculture, or climate change? In the context of the ongoing Conference on the Future of Europe, there is a need to discuss new direction(s) in which the EU could go forward.

Themes to be discussed

  • What would be the right direction of European integration? In one or multiple ways?
  • What are the pros and cons of differentiated integration (for the common market)?
  • In which policy areas would differentiated integration be appropriate (and in which not)?
  • What would be the expected impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the direction of the EU?


  • Aleš Chmelař – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic
  • Hans-Peter Hinrichsen – Head of the Political Affairs Unit, German Embassy in Prague
  • Danuta Hübner – Member of the European Parliament
  • Luděk Niedermayer – Member of the European Parliament
  • Christian Lequesne – Director of CERI, Sciences Po


  • 13.45-14.00: Launch of the online conference / Participants joining the conference
  • 14.00-14.30: Opening remarks by panellists
  • 14.30-16.00: Moderated debate between panellists and participants

For participation, please register by email at or call +420 727 828 970.


25 června
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Místo konání

Online diskuse na platformě Zoom – odkaz ke sledování zašleme registrovaným účastníkům


Spolek pro evropskou politiku, z.s.
Hanns Seidel Stiftung