THE THIRD ANNUAL CENTRAL EUROPEAN CONFERENCE

The Challenges, Opportunities of the Future of the Central Europe

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Czechs struggling with debts: Are their economic rights in a trap?

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When we talk about human rights in the Central European context, we tend to mention mostly freedom of speech, assembly and religion or freedom from torture. During the communist regime these rights were systemically abused, and without them being guaranteed, no one can imagine a democratic country. Nevertheless, the last years seem to have shown that there are other, less easily comprehensible and enforceable rights, whose omission might lead to a more disguised disintegration of democracy – social and economic.

Amnesty International Ireland, for example, defines them as ‘rights to health, housing and to an adequate standard of living’. They were adopted in the multilateral treaty International Covenant on Economic, Social and ...

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Why should you attend the Central European Conference?

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We asked Anton Zajac, a participant and PhD student at Imperial College, Miroslav Singer, former governor of Czech National Bank and Martin M. Šimečka, a commentator at Dennik N and public intellectual to help us tell you why our conference is really worth attending. We are looking forward to seeing you on the 3rd of March 2019 in the New Academic Building of the London School of Economics.

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About

Third Annual Central European Conference

SHEIKH ZAYED THEATRE, NEW ACADEMIC BUILDING, LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS

The Third Annual Central European Conference, organised by Czech & Slovak Society at the University of London, brings together Czech and Slovak students, professionals and anyone else interested in the most pressing issues of the Central European region.

We want to create a platform for rigorous and stimulating discussion on pressing issues of the region. Our flagship event, the conference, gathers inspiring attendees and exciting opportunities from partner organisations based in the CE region. We encourage open and transparent discussion on controversial topics and invite leading academics from the LSE to lead our insightful panel discussions.

Join us and seize this unique opportunity to explore the challenges, opportunities and the future of the Central Europe!

Schedule

  • 8.00 - 9.00

    Registration of attendees

  • 9.00 - 9.10

    Welcome

  • 9.10 - 9.30

    Opening Keynote Address

  • 9.30 - 10.30

    First Panel Discussion: Social Inequalities

  • 10.30 - 10.45

    Coffee Break

  • 10.45 - 11.45

    Skills-oriented workshops

  • 11.45 - 12.45

    Second Panel Discussion: The Rule of Law

  • 12.45 - 13.45

    Lunch

  • 13.45 - 14.45

    Third Panel Discussion: Public Healthcare Crisis

  • 14.45 - 15.00

    Coffee Break

  • 15.00 - 16.00

    Current Affairs Debates

  • 16.00 - 17.00

    Fourth Panel Discussion: The Future of Energy Industry

  • 17.00 - 17.20

    Closing Keynote Address

  • 17.20 - 17.30

    Closing Speech

  • 18.00 - 0.00

    Evening Ceremony

Panels

Social Inequalities: Are we truly equal in Czechia and Slovakia?

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The Rule of Law: Can Law protect liberal democracy?

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Public Healthcare Crisis: Are private providers the answer?

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The Future of Energy Industry: How should the energy industry in Central Europe look in the future?

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Speakers

Ladislav Vyhnánek

Rule of Law

Ladislav Vyhnánek is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Constitutional Law at the Masaryk University, Brno. He holds degrees from Masaryk University and NYU Law School. He has been working as an Assistant to Justice of the Czech Constitutional Court since 2008. His research interests include various aspects of functioning of constitutional courts and constitutional theory. Recently, he has co-authored publications on the Czech Constitutional Court and the Czech constitutional identity, that are due to be published by OUP and CUP respectively.

Radovan Pala

Rule of Law

Radovan Pala co-heads the Taylor Wessing Bratislava which has become one of the largest law offices in Slovakia and is known for its dedication to innovation, social responsibility and public engagement. In 2017, he co-authored the Slovak „anti-letterbox act“ setting unique standard of transparency of entities doing business with state. Radovan is regular member of working groups preparing corporate and commercial law legislation. In 2016 and 2017, he was a member of selection committees for selection of Slovak judges and is a member of the board of Open Society Foundation Slovakia.

Michaela Marksová

Social Inequalities

Michaela Marksová is an expert in social and family policy, equal opportunities, children's rights and social exclusion, writing and publishing on the topics work-life balance. Marksová is experienced both in NGO sector, acting as Managing Director of Gender Studies NGO in Prague, and in the public sector. She was appointed Minister of Labour and Social Affairs in January 2014 and served until December 2017. Between August 2010 and December 2016 she served as shadow Minister for Human Rights and Equal Opportunities in the Shadow Cabinet of the Czech Social Democratic Party.

Karol Galek

Energy

Karol Galek is a representative of the National Council of the Slovak Republic since 2016 and member of the Economic Committee. He leads the Energetics agenda of the party SaS – Freedom and Solidarity (Sloboda a Solidarita). His main agenda is ending of subsidies to the production of coal-fired electricity, transparency of regulation, elimination of political intervention in electricity prices and electricity trade. Since 2004 he has been working professionally in the energy sector, as coordinator of cross-border cooperation projects and in issues related to energy production and savings.

Martin Jirušek

Energy

Martin Jirušek is an Assistant Professor at the International Institute of Political Science of Masaryk University and at the Department of International Relations and European Studies, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University. Jirušek is professionally focused on energy security in post-communist Europe and transatlantic dimension of energy security. He has also published articles on conceptual foundations of the energy policy of CEE and SEE countries and the European Union, the role of Russia in natural gas and nuclear sectors in CEE and SEE, or global trends in energy policies. 

Matúš Mišík

Energy

Matúš Mišík is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at Comenius University, Bratislava. His main area of expertise is energy security within the EU, he also studies the role of perceptions within the EU decision-making mechanism. Mišík is author of 'External Energy Security in the European Union' (Routledge, 2019) and has published articles in Nature Energy, Energy, Energy Policy, Geopolitics, Czechoslovak Psychology, Journal of Popular Culture, Comparative European Politics, Asia Europe Journal and Slovak Sociological Review.

Tomáš Valaška

Healthcare

Tomáš Valaška graduated from University of Economics in Bratislava with a focus on Strategic Management. Valaška worked as auditor and various consultant positions at EY Slovakia and Australia with specialisation on healthcare, media, and automotive industries. In 2015 he joined the Nové Zámky Faculty Hospital as CFO and COO and later became the CFO of National Institute of Children's Diseases Bratislava. From August 2018 he has served as COO of Svet Zdravia, the largest private healthcare provider in Slovakia, overseeing the operations of 17 hospitals in Slovakia.

Tomáš Drucker

Healthcare

Tomáš Drucker completed his first degree at the Faculty of Law at Trnava University, later graduating from Slovak Technical University in Bratislava as Master of Science in Applied Informatics and Automation in Industry. Prior to his tenure as Minister of Interior of the Slovak Republic, he held position of the Minister of Health between the years of 2016 and 2018. In the past he served as the Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Slovak National Post, receiving the award 'Most Respected CEO' in Slovakia from Forbes and PwC.

Ladislav Vyhnánek

Rule of Law

Ladislav Vyhnánek is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Constitutional Law at the Masaryk University, Brno. He holds degrees from Masaryk University and NYU Law School. He has been working as an Assistant to Justice of the Czech Constitutional Court since 2008. His research interests include various aspects of functioning of constitutional courts and constitutional theory. Recently, he has co-authored publications on the Czech Constitutional Court and the Czech constitutional identity, that are due to be published by OUP and CUP respectively.

Radovan Pala

Rule of Law

Radovan Pala co-heads the Taylor Wessing Bratislava which has become one of the largest law offices in Slovakia and is known for its dedication to innovation, social responsibility and public engagement. In 2017, he co-authored the Slovak „anti-letterbox act“ setting unique standard of transparency of entities doing business with state. Radovan is regular member of working groups preparing corporate and commercial law legislation. In 2016 and 2017, he was a member of selection committees for selection of Slovak judges and is a member of the board of Open Society Foundation Slovakia.

Michaela Marksová

Social Inequalities

Michaela Marksová is an expert in social and family policy, equal opportunities, children's rights and social exclusion, writing and publishing on the topics work-life balance. Marksová is experienced both in NGO sector, acting as Managing Director of Gender Studies NGO in Prague, and in the public sector. She was appointed Minister of Labour and Social Affairs in January 2014 and served until December 2017. Between August 2010 and December 2016 she served as shadow Minister for Human Rights and Equal Opportunities in the Shadow Cabinet of the Czech Social Democratic Party.

Karol Galek

Energy

Karol Galek is a representative of the National Council of the Slovak Republic since 2016 and member of the Economic Committee. He leads the Energetics agenda of the party SaS – Freedom and Solidarity (Sloboda a Solidarita). His main agenda is ending of subsidies to the production of coal-fired electricity, transparency of regulation, elimination of political intervention in electricity prices and electricity trade. Since 2004 he has been working professionally in the energy sector, as coordinator of cross-border cooperation projects and in issues related to energy production and savings.

Martin Jirušek

Energy

Martin Jirušek is an Assistant Professor at the International Institute of Political Science of Masaryk University and at the Department of International Relations and European Studies, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University. Jirušek is professionally focused on energy security in post-communist Europe and transatlantic dimension of energy security. He has also published articles on conceptual foundations of the energy policy of CEE and SEE countries and the European Union, the role of Russia in natural gas and nuclear sectors in CEE and SEE, or global trends in energy policies. 

Matúš Mišík

Energy

Matúš Mišík is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at Comenius University, Bratislava. His main area of expertise is energy security within the EU, he also studies the role of perceptions within the EU decision-making mechanism. Mišík is author of 'External Energy Security in the European Union' (Routledge, 2019) and has published articles in Nature Energy, Energy, Energy Policy, Geopolitics, Czechoslovak Psychology, Journal of Popular Culture, Comparative European Politics, Asia Europe Journal and Slovak Sociological Review.

Tomáš Valaška

Healthcare

Tomáš Valaška graduated from University of Economics in Bratislava with a focus on Strategic Management. Valaška worked as auditor and various consultant positions at EY Slovakia and Australia with specialisation on healthcare, media, and automotive industries. In 2015 he joined the Nové Zámky Faculty Hospital as CFO and COO and later became the CFO of National Institute of Children's Diseases Bratislava. From August 2018 he has served as COO of Svet Zdravia, the largest private healthcare provider in Slovakia, overseeing the operations of 17 hospitals in Slovakia.

Tomáš Drucker

Healthcare

Tomáš Drucker completed his first degree at the Faculty of Law at Trnava University, later graduating from Slovak Technical University in Bratislava as Master of Science in Applied Informatics and Automation in Industry. Prior to his tenure as Minister of Interior of the Slovak Republic, he held position of the Minister of Health between the years of 2016 and 2018. In the past he served as the Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Slovak National Post, receiving the award 'Most Respected CEO' in Slovakia from Forbes and PwC.

Ladislav Vyhnánek

Rule of Law

Ladislav Vyhnánek is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Constitutional Law at the Masaryk University, Brno. He holds degrees from Masaryk University and NYU Law School. He has been working as an Assistant to Justice of the Czech Constitutional Court since 2008. His research interests include various aspects of functioning of constitutional courts and constitutional theory. Recently, he has co-authored publications on the Czech Constitutional Court and the Czech constitutional identity, that are due to be published by OUP and CUP respectively.

Radovan Pala

Rule of Law

Radovan Pala co-heads the Taylor Wessing Bratislava which has become one of the largest law offices in Slovakia and is known for its dedication to innovation, social responsibility and public engagement. In 2017, he co-authored the Slovak „anti-letterbox act“ setting unique standard of transparency of entities doing business with state. Radovan is regular member of working groups preparing corporate and commercial law legislation. In 2016 and 2017, he was a member of selection committees for selection of Slovak judges and is a member of the board of Open Society Foundation Slovakia.

Michaela Marksová

Social Inequalities

Michaela Marksová is an expert in social and family policy, equal opportunities, children's rights and social exclusion, writing and publishing on the topics work-life balance. Marksová is experienced both in NGO sector, acting as Managing Director of Gender Studies NGO in Prague, and in the public sector. She was appointed Minister of Labour and Social Affairs in January 2014 and served until December 2017. Between August 2010 and December 2016 she served as shadow Minister for Human Rights and Equal Opportunities in the Shadow Cabinet of the Czech Social Democratic Party.

Karol Galek

Energy

Karol Galek is a representative of the National Council of the Slovak Republic since 2016 and member of the Economic Committee. He leads the Energetics agenda of the party SaS – Freedom and Solidarity (Sloboda a Solidarita). His main agenda is ending of subsidies to the production of coal-fired electricity, transparency of regulation, elimination of political intervention in electricity prices and electricity trade. Since 2004 he has been working professionally in the energy sector, as coordinator of cross-border cooperation projects and in issues related to energy production and savings.

Martin Jirušek

Energy

Martin Jirušek is an Assistant Professor at the International Institute of Political Science of Masaryk University and at the Department of International Relations and European Studies, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University. Jirušek is professionally focused on energy security in post-communist Europe and transatlantic dimension of energy security. He has also published articles on conceptual foundations of the energy policy of CEE and SEE countries and the European Union, the role of Russia in natural gas and nuclear sectors in CEE and SEE, or global trends in energy policies. 

Matúš Mišík

Energy

Matúš Mišík is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at Comenius University, Bratislava. His main area of expertise is energy security within the EU, he also studies the role of perceptions within the EU decision-making mechanism. Mišík is author of 'External Energy Security in the European Union' (Routledge, 2019) and has published articles in Nature Energy, Energy, Energy Policy, Geopolitics, Czechoslovak Psychology, Journal of Popular Culture, Comparative European Politics, Asia Europe Journal and Slovak Sociological Review.

Tomáš Valaška

Healthcare

Tomáš Valaška graduated from University of Economics in Bratislava with a focus on Strategic Management. Valaška worked as auditor and various consultant positions at EY Slovakia and Australia with specialisation on healthcare, media, and automotive industries. In 2015 he joined the Nové Zámky Faculty Hospital as CFO and COO and later became the CFO of National Institute of Children's Diseases Bratislava. From August 2018 he has served as COO of Svet Zdravia, the largest private healthcare provider in Slovakia, overseeing the operations of 17 hospitals in Slovakia.

Tomáš Drucker

Healthcare

Tomáš Drucker completed his first degree at the Faculty of Law at Trnava University, later graduating from Slovak Technical University in Bratislava as Master of Science in Applied Informatics and Automation in Industry. Prior to his tenure as Minister of Interior of the Slovak Republic, he held position of the Minister of Health between the years of 2016 and 2018. In the past he served as the Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Slovak National Post, receiving the award 'Most Respected CEO' in Slovakia from Forbes and PwC.