ELF event

Multiple Challenges for Transatlantic Partnerships

17 June 2021 | 10.00-14.15 (CEST)  | ​Prague/Online


The project follows four previous ELF projects organized by ELF in cooperation with the IPPS and other member´s organizations. This project will be focused on the relationship between the US and the EU – two key global partners – that is going through a complicated period.   

The discussion will be divided into several dimensions focusing on topics such as the partnership between the UK and the USA after Brexit. It will be very important to see how the agreements between the two great powers continue. Between the two continents, there is a threat of a trade war.  

Unusually sharp rhetoric has been used by both the European and the American sides. The current functioning of NATO and its future is at the centre of this tension.The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – reached by Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the US and the European Union – sets out rigorous mechanisms for monitoring restrictions placed on Iran’s nuclear programme, while paving the way for the lifting of UN sanctions against Iran. 

Opening remarks by:

  • Jan Macháček, President, Institute for Politics and Society (Czech Republic)
  • Šárka Prát, Board Member, European Liberal Forum 

Speakers include:

  • Andrej Babiš, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic 
  • Jan Erik Surotchak, Senior Director for Transatlantic Strategy, International Republican Institute
  • Ondřej Kovařík, Member of the European Parliament
  • Karel Havlíček, Deputy Prime Minister; Minister, Ministry of Industry and Trade; Ministry of Transport
  • Rebecca Christie, Visiting fellow, Bruegel think-tank
  • Tony Barber, European Affairs Commentator, Financial Times (Great Britain) 
  • Dita Charanzová, Vice-President, European Parliament, Renew Europe
  • Luís de Almeida Sampaio, Ambassador of Portugal to the Czech Republic
  • Debra Cagan, Senior State Department Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations; Adviser, former United States president George W. Bush 
  • Věra Jourová, Vice-President of the European Commission
  • Andrea Keerbs, Resident Programme Directoritle, Transatlantic Strategy, International Republican Institute
  • Benedetta Berti, Director of policy planning, Office of the Secretary General, NATO 
  • Mark Pfeifle, President and CEO, Off the Record Strategies; Former White House Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Global Outreach 
  • Petr Pavel, Retired Army General, former Chief, General Staff of the Army of the Czech Republic, Former Chairman, NATO Military Committee 
  • Jan Havránek, Deputy Minister for Defence Policy and Strategy, Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic

Moderated by Zuzana Tvarůžková, moderator, Czech Television 


In cooperation with:  

An event organised by the European Liberal Forum (ELF) in cooperation with Institute for Politics and Society. Co-funded by the European Parliament. The views expressed herein are those of the speaker(s) alone. These views do not necessarily reflect those of the European Parliament and/or the European Liberal Forum asbl. 


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