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.

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 – 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”

Past events at the Prague Institute of International Relations (IIR) – Spring 2014


International conference sponsored by the International Visegrad Fund on “The Visegrad Group in the Post-Lisbon EU: Getting Closer to Move Further”, 30 April 2014, IIR

The international conference sponsored by the International Visegrad Fund on “The Visegrad Group in the Post-Lisbon EU: Getting Closer to Move Further” took place on 30 April 2014 and is co-organised by IIR, HIIA, PISM, SFPA (The Institute oV4_logosf International Relations in Prague in cooperation with the Polish Institute of International Affairs, the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs and the Slovak Foreign Policy Association). The event will take place on Wednesday, 30th April 2014 and sumed up the findings of a two and a half year project carried out with the support of the International Visegrad Fund. The conference also expanded the horizon so that all the relevant themes were considered through the prism of the 10 year anniversary of the EU membership of the V4 countries.
Zoltán Gálik of the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs in Budapest; Agata Gostynska of the Polish Institute of International Affairs in Warsaw; Roderick Parkes of the Polish Institute of International Affairs in Warsaw; Anita Sobják of the Polish Institute of International Affairs in Warsaw and Tomáš Strážay of the Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association in Bratislava appeared among the distinguished speakers. Report.

Public lecture by Graham Avery on: “Will Britain Leave the European Union?“, 29 April 2014, the Institute of International Relations, Prague

The Institute of International Relations organised a public lecture with a subsequent discussion by Graham Avery – a Member of St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford; a Senior Adviser at the European Policy Centre, Brussels; and an Honorary Director General of the European Commission. The lecture will was held on April 29 in the IIR.

Panel discussion on “Promoting Participatory Democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, 24 April 2014, the Institute of International Relations 

The panel discussion was organised together with the Directorate General for Enlargement of the European Commission.

IPA_EC_logo_2The sustainable social development of South East Europe is crucial not only for the political and social stability of the region, but also for the entire European Union. The objective of this event was to present, assess and mutually learn from the diverse experiences of the donors and implementers of EU and bilateral projects, notably those under the umbrella of the EU’s Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) and the transition policy and development cooperation of the Czech government. The ultimate goal of the event, which as held on 24 April 2014 at the IIR, was to find synergies between the European and Czech instruments in this context. Among the speakers were Henk Visser (Programme Manager, Unit D3, Regional Programmes, DG Enlargement, European Commission) and Namik Hadzalic, the LOD Capacity Development Coordinator.