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The Future of the EU: Facing Common Challenges

  • Cosmos Club 2121 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20008 United States (map)

May 10, 2016 Event Time: 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Cosmos Club (Crentz Room): 2121 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

On Tuesday, May 10th, The European Institute will host a special meeting with The Honorable Tomáš Prouza, State Secretary for European Affairs of the Czech Republic on “The Future of the EU:  Facing Common Challenges.”

The European Union is currently facing complex challenges that strike at the heart of the European project – from responding to the security threat posed by an increasingly assertive Russia, to the integrity of the Schengen Area as a result of the refugee crisis and terrorist attacks, to the United Kingdom’s upcoming referendum on EU membership and its broader implications in other Member States.  It is in this context that Mr. Prouza will offer his perspective on the future of Europe and how the EU can address these challenges while preserving and strengthening the European project.

Prior to his appointment as State Secretary for European Affairs, Mr. Prouza served as a Senior Specialist for Financial Inclusion and Financial Consumer Protection at the World Bank, first in Prague and in Washington from 2012 to 2014.  Mr. Prouza was the Czech Republic’s Deputy Minister of Finance from 2004 to 2007 where he was responsible for EU and international relations, including with the OECD and the World Bank.  During this time, he was also the first National Coordinator for the introduction of the Euro as well as the Czech Republic’s Deputy Governor at the International Monetary Fund.  Mr. Prouza earned an MSc in international relations and diplomacy at the University of Economics in Prague and an MBA from The Open University in Prague and the United Kingdom.

The meeting will be held at the Cosmos Club, located at 2121 Massachusetts Avenue, NW from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.  Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m.  Please RSVP to  We certainly hope that you will be able to join us for this most important and timely exchange.