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Date: 13th January 2009
Venue: Senate of the Czech Republic,
Valdštejnské náměstí 17/4, Prague 1, Czech Republic
Time: 9.00am

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You are Invited to Our Seminar in the
Senate of the Czech Republic:

"The Lisbon Treaty in the Czech Republic:
A Challenge for Democracy"

Speakers Include...

Jens-Peter Bonde

Patricia McKenna

Christopher Bickerton

Jens-Peter Bonde President, EUDemocrats, Denmark
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Patricia McKenna Chairperson,
People's Movement, Ireland
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David Heathcoat-Amory MP,
Conservative Party
United Kingdom
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Roman Huber

Roman Huber


Christopher Bickerton
Lecturer in International Relations at the Department of Politics and IR, University of Oxford
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Roman Huber Managing Director, Mehr Demokratie e.V.
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Hans van Heijningen
Secretary General, Socialist Party
The Netherlands
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Moderated by Thomas Rupp, Coordinator of the ERC

The seminar shall focus on the state of democracy within the current institutional framework of the EU, as well as the status of democracy before and after ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. Other issues such as the democratic legitimacy of the ratification process of the Lisbon Treaty will also be touched upon, including the former and upcoming referendum in Ireland. There shall also be the introduction and discussion of the booklet “The Lisbon Treaty and the EU: Making a Weak Democracy Weaker” (“EU a Lisabonská smlouva: Ještě méně demokracie v EU”) written by specialists on democracy from the organisation Mehr Demokratie e.V.


09.00 - 09.30 Welcome coffee
09.30 - 09.45 Introductory Speech and Welcome
Luděk Sefzig Chairman of the Senate Committee for EU Affairs
09.45 - 10.35 Aspirations and Limitations of Democracy in Europe
Roman Huber
Hans van Heijningen
Christopher Bickerton
10.35 - 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 - 11.50 The Lisbon Treaty:
Challenges for the European Union
Jens-Peter Bonde
David Heathcoat-Amory
Patricia Mckenna
11.50 - 12.00 Summary and Closing
Thomas rupp, Coordinator of the European Referendum Campaign


Simultaneous translation from English to Czech will be provided

The seminar is organized in cooperation with Committee for EU Affairs of the Czech Senate under the patronage of Senator M. Škaloud and Senator J. Kubera of the Czech  Senate.

For more information and official invitation please contact

Thomas Rupp (German and English)
Jana Knechtlová (Czech)

+32 (0) 2 503 33 15

+420 777 884 821


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