JDI Youth Dialogue 2014

On 7 April the international conference JDI Youth Dialogue took place. The event was organised by student organisation of the University of Economics in Prague Junior Diplomat Initiative in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Faculty of International Relations of the University of Economics in Prague, Centre of European Studies. Financial support was provided by Allianz Cultural Foundation. More than 100 university and grammar school students, honourable guests from the Czech Republic and abroad interested in the topic – European External Action Service participated in the conference. Fotographs: Bao Vuong Do, Kryštof Šťastný.

Opening and Closing of the Conference

Opening and Closing of the Conference

Panel 1: The EEAS: Shaping the Future of the EU Foreign Policy

Panel 1: The EEAS: Shaping the Future of the EU Foreign Policy

Panel 2: Harmonization of National Diplomacies and the EEAS

Panel 2: Harmonization of National Diplomacies and the EEAS

Panel 3: The EEAS: Capability and Effectiveness

Panel 3: The EEAS: Capability and Effectiveness

Report from JDI Youth Dialogue 2014

On Monday 7 April the 2nd season of JDI Youth Dialogue Conference took place in the Czernin Palace. This year´s very current topic was – the European External Action Service (EEAS) its role and importance in process of creation of common European foreign policy.

The conference held under the auspices of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Lubomír Zaorálek and opened with keynote speech by Petr Drulák, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, succeeded better than expected and according to participant´s feedback, unique experience and motivation for further studies were offered.

JDI Youth Dialogue 2014 entitled “The EEAS: Building a New Common Diplomacy“ unconventionally gathered the world of prestigious diplomats, academics and young professionals who during 3 panels expressed their opinions and talked about the results of their long time activity concerning the EEAS. Students of many Czech universities took part in the lively debate and learned new information. Academic panel brought the viewpoint of international law on institutionalisation of the EU and its role as an international actor. Czech and foreign diplomats focused on personal experience with EEAS, coordination of Union and national delegations and potential of future development. During the last panel young professionals discussed EEAS´s ability to intervene and its position given by expectations of member states.

JDI Youth Dialogue is organised by Junior Diplomat Initiative in cooperation with Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Allianz Cultural Foundation, Centre of European Studies and Master´s program International and Diplomatic Studies of Faculty of International Relations of the University of Economics in Prague.

Thanks to all of the participants, we are looking forward to the next season!

Photos by Kryštof Šťastný and Bao Vuong Do.