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Erik Uszkiewicz had a meeting with Maria Zilincikova, representative of the Hague based Justice & Peace civil organisation on 25 October 2019 in Budapest. The aim of the meeting was to map the needs of Hungarian NGO-s in the current political climate.

István Hegedűs participated at the meeting of LIBSEEN (Liberal South East European Network) held at the ALDE (The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) Congress in Athens on 25 October 2019. Representatives of the member organisations re-elected President Roman Jakič and approved a resolution urging the start of the EU accession talks with North Macedonia.

István Hegedűs gave a presentation entitled "The EU at a turn: les enfant terribles, populism, and the question of a vision for EUrope" for the students of Deree - The American College of Greece in Athens on 24 October 2019. 

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Kata Nagy participated at the workshop organised in the framework of the annual Forum 2000 held on 13-15 October 2019 in Prague in the American Center. The Hungarian Europe Society was a co-organiser of the event. The participants from the Visegrad countries explored the issue of „International Cooperation in Non-Profit Sector: Benefits and Challenges”, with special regard to new developments and opportunities of the NGO-s. 

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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.

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The Hungarian Europe Society together with Europe Without Barriers organised a workshop entitled "Ukraine at Turning Point - Debunking Disinformation & Fake News on Ukraine's Labour Migration" on 20 May 2019 in Budapest. The event was part of the "Promoting evidence-based media coverage of labour migration from Ukraine to V4 countries" project supported by the International Visegrad Fund.

Once again the Hungarian Europe Society organised the leadership program of the German Marshall Fund of the United States between 29 March and 3 April 2019 in Budapest and the Danube Bend.

Declarations

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.

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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. 

Thirty-five civil organisations, including the Hungarian Europe Society as well as former ombudsmen Jenő Kaltenbach and László Majtényi, sent a letter to the Hungarian President on 23 May 2019. According to their request, János Áder should nominate his candidate to the position of the next ombudsman through an open application process and after consultations with non-governmental organisations. 
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More than a hundred NGOs, the Hungarian Europe Society among them, have joined a common manifesto published on the occasion of the 15 March 2019 public holiday, in which they declare their shared democratic values. At the same time they demand the withdrawal of the government's measures aiming to restrict the activities of the civil sector, and the cessation of the government's media smear-campaigns against NGOs.