Jan Hamáček highlights the need for a strong and united Europe

“Over recent months, Europeans and the rest of the world have recognised that we need a strong and united Europe,” said Jan Hamácek, Speaker of the Czech Chamber of Deputies, addressing PACE members in Prague.

“We have seen the rise of populist and iconoclastic rhetoric which has tried to challenge the aim and purpose of our democratic intitutions. Our citizens need to hear that we are capable of defending all the aims and values that unite us in the Council of Europe,” he said.

“This is the time to make everyone feel included by overcoming social, cultural, ideological, historical and religious barriers,” he added, pointing out that participatory democracy could help to engage citizens at all levels of public life.