The Prague Talks is a new platform for renowned experts and activists working in and on post-Soviet countries to present original research, first-hand experiences and fresh perspectives. The Prague Talks is organised as a lecture-discussion series on issues dealing with social, political and economic changes in the post-Soviet countries. They are held in Prague in cooperation with the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University and with the Východoevropský klub. They are open to the wider public.
The Prague Civil Society Centre has been set up to empower civil societies across Eastern Europe and Central Asia in their quest for open society and respect for the rule of law, human rights and dignity. Using both innovative and traditional approaches, the Centre seeks to promote cooperation, trust and solidarity both within countries’ civil societies and across the borders as we believe this is key to the region’s better future.
Aiming to become a modern, dynamic and flexible hub for civil society from all over the region, the Centre sticks to a broader understanding of civil society that includes non-governmental organizations but also new (often online-based) citizen initiatives or bloggers as well as creative professional groups such as journalists, independent filmmakers, artists, and opinion makers, researchers or thinkers.
Launched in February 2015, the Centre will become fully operational after October 2016.
The Prague Civil Society Centre was officially launched in Prague on 19 February 2015 by a panel discussion titled „Between Apathy, Activism and Arrest: New Challenges in Supporting Post-Soviet (Civil) Society“.
On February 24, 2016 the Prague Civil Society Centre presented itself to a wider Brussels audience with a panel-discussion on “Supporting Civil Society under shrinking space in Eastern Europe and Eurasia” hosted by the European Endowment for Democracy (EED).
Rostislav Valvoda – Director
Gabriela Svárovská – Deputy Director
Anthony Carn – Finance Director