Past events at Centre International de Formation Européenne (CIFE) – Spring/summer 2016


“The Western Balkans in the European Union: New perspectives on integration?”
Reflexion Forum organised by CIFE, Ifri and ÖFZ in Paris, 30-31 May 2016


More than 80 researchers and policy analysts from think tanks and academia met in Paris at the Austrian Embassy and the French Institute for International Relations (IFRI). Participants from all EU member states and the six Western Balkans countries were invited.

The Reflection Forum was organised in an innovative manner allowing for an open and direct exchange around four key thematic areas related to the priorities of the process launched in Berlin 2014 and EU integration. It provided a platform fostering the exchange of perspectives in order to broaden the reflection about the regional developments among the policy community, the media and the general public.

Links have also been created to the Western Balkans Civil Society Forum and Sustainable Investment Forum, also organised in view of the intergovernmental Conference of Paris on 4 July 2016. As follow-on, in view of the next intergovernmental Conference hosted by Italy, outreach events will be held with partners in the Western Balkans region during autumn/winter 2016/17. It is planned to convene another reflection forum during 2017 in Italy.

Four thematic sets of questions were discussed in relation to the “Berlin-Vienna-Paris” and the accession processes: (i) social-economic convergence of the region with the EU, (ii) mobility, migration and border security, (iii) democracy and good governance, and (iv) future of the EU and Western Balkans in it. The General Rapporteur of the Forum was Sabina Lange of the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris.

The video of the event can be accessed here.

Engaging external actors: The EU in the geopolitics of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by Marco Siddi, September 2012

For the 2012 September Edition of IEP electronic series, Marco Siddi published on “Engaging external actors: The EU in the geopolitics of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict“, IEP Policy Briefs on Enlargement and Neighbourhood, No. 7/2012, Institut für Europäische Politik Berlin.

The electronic series “IEP Policy Briefs on Enlargement and Neighbourhood” is dedicated to case studies of Europeanization evaluating the power the EU has to transform its neighbouring countries to foster stability, peace and prosperity. It covers the enlargement countries as well as the eastern neighbours and the Mediterranean region. In this series, young researchers inter alia from the Kolleg-Forschergruppe (KFG) “The Transformative Power of Europe” and the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) present the results of their analysis in an abbreviated, user friendly form focusing on policy recommendations.

Marco Siddi is a Marie Curie Researcher, at the University of Edinburgh. His main focus is on EU-Russia relations and Russian foreign policy. Previously, he worked at the Trans European Policy Studies Association (Brussels) and at the Institute of World Economics (Budapest). He studied at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (MA) and the University of Oxford (BA).

Please click here to read the entire brief and feel free to contact Marco Siddi   (siddi•marco©googlemail•com)  to discuss and to learn more on the future developments about this issue.

Institut für Europäische Politik: Meeting of IEP Study Group Enlargement/Neighbourhood Policy, 12 May2012

The IEP Study Group Enlargement/Neighbourhood Policy met on the 12th of may, in the European House, Berlin, to discuss the topic of “Association agreements as an alternative to EU membership? Options of shaping EU relations with the Eastern European states”. Chaired by Elmar Brok, MEP Chair of the EP Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Dr. Katrin Böttger, Deputy Director of the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), the five guest lecturers and 30 participants with backgrounds in politics, administration, science and society took part in a constructive debate about the Association Agreement with Ukraine and the general design of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). The participants voiced strong support for the more-for-more approach currently promoted by the European Commission as well as a differentiated treatment of the individual countries within the Eastern Partnership. Sectoral co-operation, stronger support and capacity-building for civil society and private economy, clear priorities when applying conditionality, and freedom of travel for the citizens of ENP countries emerged as important recommendations for decision makers in German and European politics.

EU-27 Watch No. 9 / released

The latest edition of the EU-27 Watch is available free of charge at In this edition, experts on European integration from the 27 member states and 4 candidate countries disclose the Euro-political discourse relevant to their respective countries in English.

Topics of the ninth edition include:

the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty;

the European Neighbourhood Policy and enlargement;

European economic policy and the financial crisis;

European climate and energy policy.

The EU-27 Watch has provided concise depictions of the prevailing European debates for the past 6 years. Through use of the footnotes, further English sources can be found on country specific issues.

The new platform,, presents the reader enhanced access to the texts. Reports are sorted by country or by question, presenting the reader quicker access to information. The timeline gives an overview of the European political environment since 2004.

IMO Ocassional Papers, February 2013

Bartlett, Will: Socio-economic developments in the Enlargement Countries and the need for evidence bIMO_bookased policy making, IMO Ocassional Papers 2/2012, December 2012.

The Second IMO Occassional Paper in 2012 examines impacts of the global economic crisis on the policy making process among the Western Balkan countries. Author Will Bartlett argues that there is a substantial knowledge gap regarding the application and sustainability of policy options, which can only be filled through the well-designed research studies based on research questions that are relevant for the policy makers. In this context, the evidence-based policy making (EBPM) techniques have a valuable role to play in improving the policy process. This paper outlines both ex-ante and ex-post techniques of the EBPM, pointing out specific nature of the policy process in transition countries and the difficulties of formulating rational policy during periods of rapid structural change.

Policy paper is available at here.

Past events at the Institute of World Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Autumn 2014

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Conference on Chinese investment and financial engagement in Visegrad countries
27 November 2014

On 27 November IWE and the Central European University (CEU) hosted a conference in Budapest, entitled Chinese investment and financial engagement in Visegrad countries. The conference, supported by the International Visegrad Fund, provided insight into Chinese investments in Visegrad countries before and after the crisis. In addition to the economic issues, the conference focused on the underlying political interests of both sides, while chances for possible cooperation among V4 countries were also be touched upon, too. Speakers at the conference included Prof. Dr. Guenter Heiduk, director of the East Asian Center at the Warsaw School of Economics, Dr. Lucia Husinecová, director of Institute of Asian Studies and Dr. Song Lilei, assistant director of the Center of European Studies at the Tongji University and Ágnes Szunomár (senior researcher of IWE). More information on the event coupled with several publications on the topic can be found here.

Thursday workshops – regular monthly workshop at IWE

Club Europe, 18 November 2014, Budapest.
Presentation of the annual report of the Hungarian European Business Council on “Sustainable and inclusive growth”.

International conference

12 November 2014, Danube University Krems, Austria. Keynote speech by Prof. András Inotai on “Possibilities of and limits to the European Union’s Danube Region Strategy”

International workshop on “Hidden Triggers of Economic Growth in V4 Plus Ukraine – Enhancing Ukraine’s Integration Chances”

24 October 2014, Cityhotel, Kiev. Two IWE senior researchers contributed to this event: András Deák and Sándor Meisel

Second High-level Forum on Global Governance

22 October 2014, Beijing. Introductory remarks by Prof. András Inotai on Global Economic Governance and the place and role of the European Union

Second High-level Forum on Global Governance

22 October 2014, Beijing. Introductory remarks by Prof. András Inotai on Global Economic Governance and the place and role of the European Union

Expert meeting of a Visegrad Fund project

22 October 2014, International Visegrad Fund, Bratislava. Gábor Túry (researcher at IWE) presented the main findings of the multiannual project, led by him, entitled: Prospects of the Visegrad cooperation in changing economic, political and social conditions

International conference at the Institute of European Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

21 October 2014, Beijing. Presentation by Prof. András Inotai on “Strong and weak features of the European integration in the changing global framework”

International conference on Brazil’s relations to the EU and Hungary

20-21 October 2014, ELTE (Eötvös Loránd University), BudapestContribution of IWE researchers to this event:
Annamária Artner (senior researcher) “Brazil in the global system of capital accumulation”
Judit Ricz (visiting researcher) “The Brazilian developer state: past, present and future”
Ágnes Solti (junior researcher): “About Brazil’s aid policy vis-à-vis Latin-America and Africa”

Club Europe, 14 October 2014, Budapest

Presentation of two recent Bertelsmann Foundation studies (“Sustainable Governance Indicators” and “Social Justice in the EU”) by Dr. Daniel Schraad-Tischler and Dr. Christian Kroll, project managers, Bertelsmann Foundation

Club Europe (special meeting) 13 October 2014, Budapest

At this event outgoing European Commissioner, Dr. László Andor gave a presentations about the social aspects of a post-crisis Europe

International symposium

9-10 October 2014, National Defence University, Washington DC. Tamás Novák (senior researcher of IWE) contributed with a presentation to the event dedicated to the Western Balkans, organised by the Defence Intelligence Agency

General assembly of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe

6 October 2014, Klosterneuburg/Vienna. Panel discussion on “Crisis management required?” (Krisenmanagement gefragt?) with the participation of among others Dr. Erhard Busek and Prof. András Inotai

 Thursday workshops – regular monthly workshop at IWE

2 October 2014, Budapest
At the October event senior researcher of IWE, Zsuzsánna Biedermann gave an introductory lecture on “Dark pools, non-public trading and regulatory dilemmas of our time” followed by a lively debate (in Hungarian).

Club Europe, 16 September 2014, Budapest

Lecture by Prof. Dr. Ludger Kühnhardt, director of the Research Center for European Integration (Zentrum für Europaeische Integrationsforschung – ZEI) at the University of Bonn. The professor gave a lecture on “The European Union after the elections and ahead of new challenges” followed by a long discussion.

Past events Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) – Summer 2014


A Conference on “The Impact of US monetary policy on the Euro Area“, with Richard W. Fisher, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas was organised on 25 September, Rome.

A Closed-door seminar on “EU-Turkey Energy Cooperation in the Neighbourhood” was organised on 16 September, Rome.

A Seminar on “Serbia’s road to the EU“, with Tanja Miščević, Head of Negotiating Team for Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the EU was organised on 22 July, Rome

A Conference on “Tecnologia e innovazione per la difesa europea: riduzione delle spese militari e nuove sfide globali“, in cooperation with Avio Aero was organised on 11 July, Rome.
A video interview is available here.

A Seminar on “Verso una revisione della Strategia EU 2020: scenari ed opportunità future” was organised on 7 July, Rome. The Powerpoint presentation by A. Renda is available here.

A Seminar “The Unfulfilled promise: Completing the EU enlargement to the Balkans“, in cooperation with European Fund for the Balkans (EFB) was organised on 1 July, Rome.

A Seminar on: “Priorities of the Latvian Presidency of the EU“, with Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia was organised on 30 June, Rome.

A Conference with L. Tsoukalis su “The Unhappy State of the Union: A new grand bargain for Europe“, in the framework of the series “The future of the European economy” was organised on 30 June, Rome. Click here for the conference video.

A Final conference of the project “Towards a more united and effective Europe” was organised on 27 June, Rome
Click kere for the conference videos, photos and report.
More information about the project can be found here.

Past events at the Institute for World Economics, Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Autumn 2014

Club Europe, 14 October 2014, Budapest

The regular club meeting will host Mr. Daniel Schraad-Tischler and Christian Kroll experts of the Bertelsmann Foundation who will present two recent reports (namely “Sustainable Governance Indicators” and “EU Social Justice”).

Thursday workshops – regular monthly workshop at IWE
Club Europe, 13 October 2014, Budapest

The guest of this special event will be Dr. László Andor, outgoing Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. Mr. Andor will dedicate his speech to the big topic of „Europe after the Crisis”.

Club Europe, 16 September 2014, Budapest

Lecture by Professor Ludger Kühnhardt, Director of the Research Centre for European Integration at the University of Bonn, entitled “The European Union after the elections and ahead of new challenges”. The professor’s thought-provoking presentation was followed by a lively debate about Europe’s future, including special issues for Germany and Hungary.

Conference on “Engagement or Containment: EU-Russia Relations in Turbulent Times and the Role of Central Europe”

25 September 2014, CEU Centre for EU Enlargement Studies, Budapest
Presentation by senior researcher of IWE, András Deák at Panel III. – Pipelines, plants and European energy networks: dealing with dependency.

Conference on “The Czech Republic’s Strategy for Competitiveness 2015”
Panel “Trade, FDIs and Value Added of V4 Countries”

18 September 2014, Prague
In the above indicated panel senior researchers of IWE, Andrea Éltető and Ágnes Szunomár gave a presentation on “Trade and investment between the Visegrad and Northeast Asian countries with a special emphasis on China and Hungary”

Conference entitled “Development and Use of Natural Gas in the Danube Region: Prospects and Opportunities”
16 September 2014, Natural Gas Europe, Budapest

Contribution by senior researcher of IWE, András Deák, expert in energy matters with special regard to Russia.

IISES event entitled “13th International Academic Conference”
15-18 September 2014, Antibes, France

At this conference senior researcher of IWE, Katalin Völgyi delivered a presentation on “Economic regionalism and FDI inflows in the ASEAN region”

11 September 2014, Budapest

At the latest event senior researcher of IWE, István Kőrösi gave an introductory lecture on “The renewability of social market economy in the midst of the challenges of the 21st century” followed by an unusually long debate (in Hungarian).

“The NATO Summit in Wales – First Assessments”, Research Centre of Strategic Defence Studies
8 September 2014, Budapest

Senior researcher of IWE, András Deák made a presentation at this international expert seminar.

Biannual Conference of EACES (European Association of Comparative Economic Studies)
4-6 September 2014, Budapest

To this big international event, hosted by the Corvinus University Budapest, five researchers of IWE contributed with a presentation, namely Andrea Éltető, Ágnes Orosz, Miklós Szanyi, Ágnes Szunomár and Csaba Weiner.

2nd High-Level Symposium of Think Tanks of China and Central and Eastern European Countries
2-3 September 2014, Bled, Slovenia

Senior researcher of IWE, Ágnes Szunomár contributed to this event with a presentation.

Club Europe, 26 August 2014, Budapest

Lecture by Dr. Szabolcs Fazakas, Hungarian member of the European Court of Auditors in Luxembourg. Mr. Fazakas gave a very interesting, first-hand insight into the recent publication entitled “Special Report on the establishment of the European External Action Service” prepared by the European Court of Auditors.

Past events at the Institute for World Economics, Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Summer 2014


“Thursday workshops” regular monthly workshop at IWE, 3 July 2014, Budapest

The workshop was dedicated to the broad topic of “Crisis management in the UK, the case of the Scottish referendum and Britain’s relations to the EU”, presented by senior researcher Krisztina Vida.

Roundtable discussion with Erhard Busek, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, András Inotai, Karl Fürst zu Schwarzenberg and Karl Sevelda on “25 Years European Reunion”, organized by the Raiffeisen Bank International on 26 June in Vienna.

Club Europe, 17 June 2014, Budapest. The June Club meeting was dedicated to the topic: “The new Land Law and its expected economic and social impacts” presented by agricultural economist Mr. György Raskó.

Conference organised by IWE on: “International challenges of the next four years and Hungary”. 16 June 2014, Corvinus University Budapest. From IWE the following speakers contributed to the event. Prof. Mihály Simai on global risks and the new interests and values of the world’s main actors; followed by three senior researchers: István Kőrösi on the EU’s partnership role from the point of view of Hungary’s economic development; Ágnes Szunomár on the transformation of the Chinese economy and opportunities for Hungary, András Deák on the challenges of the ‘Putin model’. Finally, Prof. Péter Ákos Bod, lecturer at the Corvinus University Budapest analysed the perspectives of the Hungarian economy in a regional comparison.

Conference at the Warsaw School of Economics: “Creating greater synergies among the EU countries: a new perspective for Visegrad countries”. 12 June 2014, Warsaw. From IWE two senior researchers contributed to the conference: Krisztina Vida held a presentation on “Ten years in the EU: the experience of Hungary in the context of the Visegrad countries” and Andrea Szalavetz on the “Impact of EU accession on Hungary’s innovation performance”.

Wroclaw Global Forum, 6 June 2014. Contribution by IWE senior researcher András Deák to the panel on “Energy Flows and Security in the 21st Century”.

“Thursday workshops” regular monthly workshop at IWE, 5 June 2014, Budapest. Senior researcher Sándor Meisel introduced the topic of “Baltic miracle in the EU?” (in Hungarian). During the event the specificities of the Baltic catching up until the crisis, and the three countries’ crisis management methods as well as their post-crisis performance has been discussed. The main question of the debate was whether a certain Baltic model exists or not.

“Ten years of the New Europe”. Conference on the Occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Eastern Enlargement, Lecture by András Inotai “Ten years of EU Membership a Critical Balance from Hungary”, 29-30 May 2014, Florence, Italy

“EU enlargement and the Western Balkans – 10 years after Thessaloniki”, by András Inotai in the framework of the international conference “Looking Southeast: Providing Fresh Impetus towards EU Membership” organized by the Central European University and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Budapest, on 28 May 2014

Seminar at the Warsaw School of Economics on: Chinese financial assistance in Visegrad countries: myth or reality?” 26 May 2014, Warsaw. Co-organised by IWE and Warsaw School of Economics with the participation of the Institute of International Relations, Prague, and Institute of Asian Studies, Bratislava. The event was financed by the International Visegrad Fund. From IWE two senior researchers made a presentation: Zsuzsánna Biedermann and Ágnes Szunomár on the themes of Chinese OFDI in Europe as well as on Chinese financial and non-financial investments in Hungary.

Club Europe, 20 May 2014, Budapest. During the May Club meeting the topic of „Europe’s fragmented party landscape and the perspective of an EU-wide party system” was presented by Prof. Rudolf Hrbek (University of Tübingen, visiting professor at the College of Europe, Bruges). His very informative and interesting exposé was followed by a lively debate.

Ten Years after the Accession to the European Union. Experience and Hungarian politics in the European Union”, Lecture by András Inotai in Berlin (in German), organized by the Association of ex-members of the Representatives of the Senate Berlin and the German-Hungarian Society, 14 May 2014

Conference at the London Metropolitan University on “China after 35 Years of Economic Transition”. 8-9 May 2014. IWE senior researcher Ágnes Szunomár contributed with a presentation on “Chinese FDI in Central and Eastern Europe”

Enlarging the European Union: Effects on the new member states and on the EU

by Graham Avery, Anne Faber, Anne Schmidt (eds.) Trans European Policy Studies Association, Brussels, August 2009

The publication represents a collection of contributions from TEPSA’s conference on “Effects of EU enlargement”.

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