With the participation of Cardinal Duka, the Pálffy Palace in Bratislava hosted the "Future of Central Europe" seminar


Source: Patrimonium Sancti Adalberti (CZ) – On Wednesday, June 12, the ancient Pállfy Palace in the center of Bratislava hosted the presentation of the closer Central European cooperation project "The Future of Central Europe". The event was organized by the Patrimonium Sancti Adalberti association with a Slovak partner organization - Ladislav Hanus Institute. The guest of honor at the meeting was the emeritus archbishop of Prague Dominik Cardinal Duka, who has been cooperating with the Czech St. Adalbert Association since its inception.

At the beginning, the chairman of the Ladislav Hanus Society, Juraj Šúst, greeted the participants, who pointed out that it is the Central European theme that resonates on the eve of the annual Bratislava Hanus Days.

In his opening speech, Cardinal Duka highlighted the Christian roots of European culture, without which Europe cannot be Europe. In the discussion, he then compared the present time to the leaven that preceded the events of the turn of 1989-1990, which brought about changes whose depth few could have imagined at the time.

The cardinal's words were followed up by the mathematician and former Minister of the Interior of the Slovak Republic Vladimír Palko with the contribution "Central Europe as an alternative to the crisis of the West". He highlighted the fact that the Central European area is more resistant to the decaying progressive ideologies of today, which are irreversibly destroying the west of our continent. It is no coincidence that doc. Palko became the laureate of St. Vojtěch for the year 2022.

The focus of the presentation was the publication "Saint Adalbert and Central Europe", which was published by the Czech association Patrimonium Sancti Adalberti in 2021 and which the participants received it in printed form.

In their speeches, the speakers summarized the main ideas of the aforementioned publication and the entire topic. The value anchoring of future Central European cooperation was presented by the publisher, columnist and editor of the mentioned booklet, Michal Semín.

Petr Drulák, professor of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, political scientist, columnist and former deputy foreign minister of the Czech Republic, tried to explain Global aspects of the necessity of Central European cooperation.

He was followed up by Doc. Zdeněk Koudelka, lawyer, university pedagogue and long-time vice-chairman of the Constitutional and Legal Committee of the Chamber of Deputies with a reflection on Which model of state law is the most suitable for closer cooperation between Central European countries.

The seminar was closed by Zdeněk Žák, an expert in transport infrastructure and distribution networks and former Minister of Transport of the Czech Republic, with his Vision of the Central European Economic Area and its strategic infrastructure.

After that, the participants remained in a free discussion.