Pole and Hungarian: Two Friends

István Hegedűs gave an interview to Klubrádió on 17 November 2017 following the vote of the European Parliament to launch the first phase of the procedure Article 7 of the EU treaty against the Polish government, pointing out that the Hungarian ruling party voted oppositely to its own political group.

What About My Engagement?

On 26 October 2017 at an event in Debrecen organised by Civilizáció, a grouping of Hungarian civil organizations formed as a response to the attacks of the Hungarian government against the civil society, nine Hungarian civil organizations, including the Hungarian Europe Society, presented their activities in ‘flash presentations’. In her contribution Györgyi Kocsis encouraged the mostly young audience to establish its own local communities promoting the ideas of a united Europe and defending the values of the European integration.

An Illiberal State in the Heart of Europe

As a supportive organisation, the Hungarian Europe Society signed a report on 18 October 2017 elaborated by five Hungarian NGO-s (Eötvös Károly Policy Institute, Hungarian Helsinki Committee, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, K-Monitor, Mérték Media Monitor) on the functioning of the Hungarian political system.

NGO Consultation

Judit Bayer represented HES at a workshop organised by the Eötvös Károly Institute (EKINT) and the Budapest Goethe Institute on 17 October 2017. Participants discussed the interests and responsibility of civil society in defending European values. How can NGO-s secure the common values declared in Article 2 of the European Treaty requesting the European institutions and their own national governments to account how they implement them? Speakers included Sándor Radnóti, the president of the broad of trustees of EKINT; Gábor Bojár, founder of Graphisoft; Zoltán Fleck, lawyer; András Polgár, writer; Endre Sik, sociologist and János Kárpáti, former correspondent of the Hungarian News Agency (MTI) in Brussels. In her contribution Judit Bayer pointed out that civil organizations in any member state have the right to request data of public interest related to national authorities and the European institutions investigating what the European Union has done for the realisation of European values in endangered member states and for what objectives European transfers have been spent in these countries.