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SME Assembly 2022 — A Little Guide to Prague

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The SME Assembly 2022 is nearly here! In anticipation of this year’s event, we’ve listed some of the best things to see, buy, eat, and (of course) drink in the beautiful Czech capital.

What to See

Take a walk along the Royal Route to check out some of the city’s most dazzling sights. Although less than three kilometres in length, the Royal Route is home to such attractions as:

  • The Municipal House — A classic example of Art Nouveau architecture built in the early twentieth century. There’s so Mucha to see here (pardon the pun).
  • The Old Town Square — It might be old and square, but the people you’ll find here are anything but
  • The Astronomical Clock — We bet your watch doesn’t also show you the positions of the Sun, phases of the Moon, astronomical cycles, and Christian holidays (unless there’s a new Apple Watch we don’t know about).
  • Charles Bridge — Visit the oldest surviving bridge built over the Vlatva River for some very pretty views of the capital.
  • The St Vitus Cathedral — Prague’s largest church, which also houses an impressive array of holy relics.
  • Prague Castle — Prague’s most visited monument and the seat of the President of the Czech Republic (and here we are sitting on office chairs …)

What to Buy

Leave some room in your luggage, because there are loads of goodies you’ll want to bring back!

  • Bohemian crystal — There’s crystal, and there’s Bohemian crystal. As Sade would say, this. Is. No. Ordinary glass.
  • Bohemian garnets — A hallmark of royal Bohemian jewellery for centuries, these red stones are truly dazzling. Just make sure to request a certificate of authenticity before buying any, as there are quite a few fakes out there.
  • Oplatky — Wafers that melt in your mouth (but hopefully not in your suitcase)
  • Beer cosmetics — Guerlain, Schmerlain. Dose up on some vitamin B with all-natural cosmetics (as well as shampoos and shower gels) made of beer. Your skin will thank you.

What to Eat

You’ll also want to leave some room in your stomach. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

  • Chlebíček — Scrumptious open-faced sandwiches you can find just about anywhere
  • Koláče — Pastries, traditionally filled with poppy seeds or jam
  • Buchty — These sweet yeast dough buns are straight out of a Bohemian fairytale. Literally. Legend has it that the Bohemian dragon slayers of old would snack on these. If buchty was good enough for them, it’s good enough for us.
  • Svíčková — Whipped cream, cranberry sauce, and beef. It sounds like a recipe for disaster, but tastes heavenly. As far as Czech dishes go, it doesn’t get more iconic than this.

What to Drink

  • Beer — Obviously. A trip to Prague wouldn’t be a trip to Prague without the golden pilsners (named after the city of Pilsen) the Czech Republic is famous for. By all means, indulge in pints of Pilsner Urquell and other local brews; just do so responsibly. Otherwise, you might find yourself constantly asking your friends, like Steve Urkel (no relation), ’Did I do that!?’
  • Kofola — We’d love to buy the world a … Kofola! One sip is all it takes to see why this Communist-era take on Coca-Cola is still around.
  • Moravian wine — Pair a glass with some svíčková and watch the magic happen
  • Becherovka — The Czech are so secretive about the recipe of this herbal aperitif that only two people in the world know it at any given time. Have a sip and you’ll see why.

The SME Assembly 2022 kicks off in Prague on November 28. Although the Assembly is fully booked, you can livestream and participate in the event online via the SME Assembly app. Register here.

SME Week Youth Essay Competition – meet the finalists!

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The standard of the submissions was very high in this year’s SME Week Youth Essay Competition, so our jury had a difficult task. Nevertheless, their deliberations have concluded and we can announce the three finalists that will be travelling to Prague later this month to attend the SME Assembly.

And so, without further ado, here are this year’s three YEC finalists:

  • Danijel Bačan
  • Cosmin-Alin Botoroga, and
  • Viktória Vass

Congratulations to the three finalists, we wish them the best of luck at the SME Assembly, where they will present their essays to over 500 delegates, after which the winning essay will be selected in a public vote. The essays of all the finalists will be promoted across the EU channels.

Check out the essays from Daniel, Cosmin-Alin and Viktoria and get ready to join us at the SME Assembly 2022 later this month, where you can vote for your favourite in this year’s Youth Essay Competition!

SME Assembly 2022

This year’s SME Assembly will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, and online from 28-30 November. Organised together with the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the SME Assembly will feature a mix of high-level panels, expert roundtables, interactive masterclasses and networking opportunities. In addition to learning who the YEC winner will be, we will also find out who will be the winners of this year´s European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA). For an idea of what to expect at this year’s SME Assembly, check out the highlights from last year’s edition below.

Updates about the programme and speakers will be announced on the European Commission website, here on the Promoting enterprise news portal and also via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, so make sure to check in regularly!

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