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AMO organizes international expert conference under the auspices of Mr Václav Hampl, Chairman of the Committee on EU Affairs of the Senate, Parliament of the Czech Republic, as the follow-up on the EU’s Eastern Partnership Summit.

10:30 – 10:45   Registration

10:45 – 12:30   Panel I: Eastern Partnership after the 2017 summit: What does the future hold?

The Eastern Partnership summit held in Brussels on November 24 confirmed the direction set in Riga – the EaP countries have to choose their own aspirations, thus the two-speed format of the EaP has been formally acknowledged again. Rather smaller steps in specific policy areas were confirmed, even though the EU-Armenia agreement was signed as well.

Is the existing toolbox for the Eastern Partnership able to comply with the current needs? Are the “20 deliverables for 2020” the right way forward or should the ambitions be higher? How to combine the much-needed conditionality with the partner Associated countries’ desire to see a more developed partnership status with the EU? What are the areas the partner countries have to deal with in order to persuade the Members States which still remain reluctant to the Associated countries EU membership in future?


  • Václav Hampl, Chairman of the Committee on EU Affairs, Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, Prague
  • Miriam Lexmann, Director of the EU Office, EU Office of International Republican Institute, Brussels
  • Dmytro Shulga, European Programme Director, International Renaissance Foundation, Kiev
  • Emily Tamkin, Staff Writer, Foreign Policy, Washington, D. C.

12:30 – 13:30   Buffet lunch & Networking

13:30 – 15:15   Panel II: Security in Eastern Europe: How to avoid a permanent deadlock?

Russian aggression against Ukraine has not terminated and there have been more than 10,000 causalities since the outbreak of the war in April 2014. The hostilities continue despite the fact that Russia faces sanctions for harsh violation of the international law, the Minsk Agreements are far from being implemented, and new initiatives – such as the UN Peacekeeping mission – further shake up the debate. Similarly, Russia further slices Georgian territory and Russian troops remain in Transnistria. As a reaction, NATO has strengthened its defense capabilities on its eastern flank.

Conference Program


What kind of scenarios are on the table and how to avoid another frozen conflict and a security deadlock in Europe? What has to be done by Donald Trump’s Administration in order to enhance security in Eastern Europe apart from the appeal to the European NATO members to increase their defense spending?


  • Michael Carpenter, Senior Director, Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement and former foreign policy adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, Washington, D.C.
  • Tomáš Pojar, Vice President, CEVRO Institute, Prague
  • Serhiy Saienko, Acting Director, EU & NATO Departement, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Kiev
  • Borys Tarasyuk, Deputy Chairperson of the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Foreign Affairs, former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Kiev

The conference will be chaired by Vít Dostál, Research Director, AMO, Prague

The event is supported by the NATO Public Diplomacy Division, U.S. Embassy in Prague and the Transition Promotion Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

Date and time

Monday, December 11, 2017



European House

Jungmannova 24

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NATO Public Diplomacy Division, U.S. Embassy in Prague and Transition Promotion Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.
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