In our tumultuous times faced with the growing challenges of climate change, great power politics and their security implications, inequality in all its forms, or the economic recovery in the aftermath of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of dialogue and creative, innovative thinking is indisputable. In the era of fake news and disinformation, respectful and fact-based exchange on how we as a transatlantic community want to shape our future is essential. In line with its mission to provoke and promote dialogue on current affairs, the proposed project of the Hungarian Europe Society seeks to provide platform for such an exchange between opinion leaders with conflicting views from Europe and the United States and the wider public - in the form of essays and online discussions - on topics ranging from the future of transatlantic relation, transition to a green economy, the challenges of digitalization or the future of liberal democracy.
Our aim is to improve our understanding of the implications of selected challenges, generate potential common solutions and to facilitate exchange and contacts between American and European (especially Central European) communities. We plan to close the project with a workshop that will function as an idea-incubator and will kick-off new, innovative projects based on the year-long exchange between HES and its partners.
The project is funded by the International Visegrad Fund and implemented by Europe without Barriers (Ukraine) in the partnership with Nasz Wybor (Poland), Poradna pro Integraci (Czechia), Research Centre of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (Slovakia) and Hungarian Europe Society (Hungary).
The project is aimed at widespreading in popular media of detailed and argumentative data about the new labour legislation in V4 countries, methods of legal employment, sources of statistical data and expert interpretation.
International team of researchers from Ukraine, Poland, Czechia, Slovakia and Hungary will create a guide “Myths and stereotypes about Ukrainian labour migration to V4 countries”, covering media image of labour migration from Ukraine in media of 5 countries, analyzing the most common mistakes and myths, providing sources of trusted data for journalists, state officials and public persons who intend to make public statements about labour migration.
Project includes a workshop-presentation for Ukrainian journalists and experts in Kyiv with participation of foreign co-authors of the guide, and a series of presentations of the guide in V4 countries’ capitals.
Also Europe without Barriers will coordinate a 3-month competition for Ukrainian journalists in 5 categories: the best analytic publication, best explainer (“how to”), best reportage, best interview, best TV/radio program about labour migration to V4 countries.
Where Does the PERC-index Stand? or from EU Destructivists to Federalists: the Relationship of Hungarian Parliamentary Parties towards the European Union& is the title of the project by the research team of the Hungarian Europe Society.
The Hungarian Europe Society started a series of events focusing on the Central European region in order to give floor to alternative concepts and ideas challenging illiberal, populist narratives about the role of Visegrad countries inside the European Union. HES wants to create a network of like-minded think tanks, NGO-s and individuals in the region and beyond.
The European Union is facing up to the mistrust of European citizens. The Maison de l’Europe de Paris and its partners are convinced that, by stimulating the knowledge of the history and the current role of the European Union, the distrust which prevails these days might disappear. Therefore, the Maison de l’Europe de Paris developed the EUbyCITIZENS project, which aims to reach many citizens from various groups through partners established in 10 countries. The project takes place in Member States (France, Bulgaria, Spain, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Romania) and candidate countries (Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia), from East to West in Europe. This political and geographical diversity represents the wealth of European culture. It
allows having a contrasting outlook of the EU and its issues and guarantees the relevance of the project. The goal is to give the keys for a better understanding of European history and current European policies in order to better involve the citizens in the democratic process.
The HES is a member of the Visa-free Europe Coalition which aim is to promote visa-free status for the citizens of Eastern Partnership countries and Russia. Declaration of Coalition
A vast gap exists between the rights guaranteed by the EU and the exercise of these rights. Unclear laws, disempowerment or fear of reprisal can prevent people from knowing and enjoying their rights. In the Citizen Rights project the European Alternatives wants to look at how, when and where people in the EU can individually and collectively protect and advance rights. It also wants to see where they are limited from exercising their rights and how transnational collaboration can imagine and build a future where rights are actively protected. The European Alternatives is implementing the project in partnership with eleven organisations across Europe, including the Hungarian Europe Society.
This project reviews and analyses the response of the V4 countries to the refugee crisis. These countries' behaviour vis-a- vis the crisis has markedly differed from the reactions of the other EU countries. Even taking into consideration individual differences between them, the Visegrad countries stood out for their xenophobia with regards to the migrants and their reluctance towards the emerging EU quota system. This position shocked other EU countries, which called it non-European, and it has caused the emergence of an East/West rift within the Union. The project aims to identify the causes for this behaviour, describe its evolution, compare the similarities and difference across the V4 countries and make related policy recommendations.