European Values Think-Tank

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European Values Think-Tank
Evropské hodnoty
European Values Think-Tank logo.gif
Formation2005
Location
Official language
Czech
Chairman of the Executive Board
Radko Hokovský
Websiteeuropeanvalues.net

European Values Think-Tank (Czech Think-tank Evropské hodnoty) is a Czech non-governmental organisation founded in 2005. Its incentive is to raise political culture in the Czech Republic as well as on the European level.[1] It defines European Values as personal freedom, human dignity, solidarity, active civil society, market economy, democracy and rule of law.[2] The organization promotes closer ties of the Czech Republic with the geopolitical West and fighting what it considers extremist ideologies.[3]

Activities[edit]

The European Values organizes public and non-public debates, lectures, seminars and conferences. Among these are "Public debates on disinformation", the HOMEAFFAIRS – Internal Security Forum Prague and Stratcom Summit, which is marketed as informing about "Russian disinformation operations".

Its analyses, policy papers and opinion articles published in newspapers or online share a similar thematic focus.[4] A major program of the think tank is Kremlin Watch, which "aims to expose and confront instruments of Russian influence and disinformation operations focused against Western democracies".[5] Under this program it awards the "Putin’s Champion Award" to European politicians and other public figures who it perceives as supporting the current government of Russia.[6] In October 2017 the organization released a report titled "The Kremlin’s Platform for ‘Useful Idiots’ in the West: An Overview of RT’s Editorial Strategy and Evidence of Impact" including a list of 2326 persons of public significance primarily in the West who have appeared as guests on RT.

Jakub Janda, Deputy Director of the European Values, has accused the Czech president Miloš Zeman of being a "Russian Trojan Horse".[7]

European Values Initiative[edit]

In April 2015, the European Values Initiative was introduced as a movement aimed at strengthening the principles of liberal democracy in Europe via series of debates. The Initiative was backed by various Czech political figures, such as Petr Kolář, Libor Rouček and Štefan Füle.[8]

Financing[edit]

The organisation is not linked to any political party. It is sponsored by various institutions and private donors.[9] All financial data can be viewed on a transparent bank account.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aims and Purposes". European Values. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  2. ^ Cisar, Ondrej. "Think Tanks and Policy Discourses in the Czech Republic". Academia. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Aims and Purposes - European Values Think-Tank". European Values Think-Tank. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  4. ^ Cisar, Ondrej. "Think Tanks and Policy Discourses in the Czech Republic". Academia. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Kremlin Watch - European Values Think-Tank". European Values Think-Tank. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Putin's Champion Award - European Values Think-Tank". European Values Think-Tank. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  7. ^ "European Values think tank likens President Zeman to Russian Trojan horse". Radio Prague. 28 July 2016.
  8. ^ Mitrofanov, Alexander. "Iniciativa Evropské hodnoty chce bít na poplach". rozhlas.cz. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  9. ^ "European Values Think-Tank, Annual Reports". European Values. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  10. ^ "Pohyby na transparentním účtu". www.fio.cz.

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