News

Comments by István Hegedűs was published in Il Piccolo on 2 December 2019  about the news that Hungary submits a proposal to the United Nations concerning an international day of remembrance for the victims of communist dictatorships.

Györgyi Kocsis attended a meeting on 23 November 2019 in Budapest between representatives of Hungarian NGOs, media-outlets and Marco Perduca, a former Italian senator and co-founder of the human rights defender organisation Science for Democracy. Perduca called the attention to the significance of a new European Citizens' Initiative in the defense of the rule of law in the member states.

Representing the Hungarian Europe Society, Györgyi Kocsis and Kata Nagy participated at the reception given by Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony, and Deputy Mayor Gábor Kerpel-Fronius on 20 November 2019 in the Capital City Hall to which more than ninety Hungarian civil organisations had been invited. "NGOs are going to be our living conscience" -  said Gergely Karácsony in his speech at the event, pledging that - in contrast to the past - in the future the Budapest local council is willing to cooperate with the civil sector as a partner in all its important decisions.

Events

On 3 January 2020 members of the Hungarian Europe Society discussed the report entitled "Tyranny and Hope" as well as the political situation in Hungary at their traditional annual meeting.

The international conference "Tyranny and Hope: The state of Central Europe in the European Union" organised by Republikon and the Hungarian Europe Society, hosted by Friedrich Naumann Stiftung für die Freiheit was held on 10 December 2019 in Brussels.

PROGRAM

Conference video

On 19 September Benjamin De Cleen, assistant professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel gave a presentation entitled "Populism, nationalism and the radical right in Belgian politics" in Brussels.

Representatives of the V21 Group and the Hungarian Europe Society held an event on 11 September 2019 to discuss the evaluation of the Hungarian situation entitled "Breaking the Silence" prepared by the V21 Group and the analysis entitled "Tyranny and Hope" as a contribution of HES to the debate.

Declarations

Thirteen NGO-s, including the Hungarian Europe Society, members of the Civilizáció group protested against the decision of the National Media Authority on 21 October 2019.

"NGO-s can be important co-operative partners of the new local council; their expertise, volunteers and members are able to provide significant resources for fulfilling its tasks. A free and green capital needs civil groups" - claimed twenty NGO-s, including the Hungarian Europe Society, in a joint proposal on 22 November 2019.

On 15 July 2019 the Hungarian Europe Society signed a joint letter of protest published by European civil groups against the nomination of a Fidesz politician for the role of a Vice-Chair of the Committee on civil liberties, justice and home affairs of the European Parliament calling upon the group to review their choice.

Media coverage:

The Civilisation Coalition - including its member organisation, the Hungarian Europe Society - protested in a declaration on 4 June 2019 against the new intentions of the Hungarian government to undermine academic freedom.