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The role of open trade in an increasingly uncertain world

Meeting with civil society in the context of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

European civil society will have the opportunity to discuss with Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and Czech Minister of Industry and Trade Jozef Síkela the EU’s overall trade policy priorities. While 'Open strategic autonomy' as adopted in 2021 remains the overall framework for EU trade policy going forward, the geopolitical context and economic outlook have in the meantime become increasingly uncertain.

The Executive-Vice President and Minister Síkela will share their views on how an open rules-based trade agenda remains as important as ever, to manage interdependence in line with the EU’s interests and values. Civil society will have the opportunity to share their views and ask questions.

Interpretation into/ from EN, CZ, DE and FR will be offered.

This meeting will be held in Prague. Registered participants can attend in person or online.

Participants from organisations based outside Prague who wish to participate in person can ask for their return travel expenses to be covered. Please contact TRADE-CIVIL-SOCIETY-TRAVELatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (TRADE-CIVIL-SOCIETY-TRAVEL[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu) for more information.

You can watch the recording of the meeting in the following languages: English, Czech, French and German.


Lead speakers

  • Executive Vice-President of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis
  • Czech Minister of Industry and Trade Jozef Síkela


  • Ondřej Houska, Journalist for the Czech newspaper Hospodářské noviny


14:45-15:00 Welcome coffee

15:00-15:40 Introduction and opening remarks

15:40-16:40 Moderated discussion with the participants

16:40-16:45 Closing remarks

  • international trade
  • Monday 31 October 2022, 14:45 - 16:45 (CET)
  • Prague, Czechia
  • Live streaming available
Trade topics
  • EU companies accessing world markets
  • Trade policy
Event type

Practical information

Monday 31 October 2022, 14:45 - 16:45 (CET)
Corinthia Hotel, Prague
Kongresová 1, 14069 Prague, Czechia
Who should attend
Interested stakeholders
English, French, German, Czech
Directorate-General for Trade
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