Is there a Third Way between a Condemnation by the European Parliament and the "Nuclear" Option?

Is there a Third Way between a Condemnation by the European Parliament and the "Nuclear" Option?

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Illib. Piri Kati, Hegedűs István, Végh Zsuzsanna

The Hungarian Europe Society organised a workshop entitled "Illiberal democracies – what can the European Union do in case a member state regularly and systematically breaches European values and regulations?" on 24 April 2015 in Hotel Marmara, Budapest.
List of participants
Concept
Open Society Foundations
Media coverage: (HU)
ATV, Egyenes Beszéd, Interview with Piri Kati, 24. April 2015
nol.hu, Kívülről változtatnák meg Orbán rendszerét - interview with Jean-Marie Cavada, Balázs Pócs, 24. April 2015
nol.hu, Európai pénzek az orbáni piramisjátékban, Katalin Halmai, 25. April 2015
HVG, Válaszol Morten Kjaerum emberi jogi szakértő „Aggodalommal szemlélem a magyar fejleményeket”, Györgyi Kocsis, 2. Mai 2015
PROGRAM
8.30 Registration
9.00 Greetings
Kati Piri (Member of the European Parliament - S&D Group, Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Brussels), Jean-Marie Cavada (Member of the European Parliament - ALDE Group, Vice-president of the JURI Committee, Member of the European Democratic Party, Brussels), Benedek Jávor (Member of the European Parliament - The Greens/European Free Alliance, Párbeszéd Magyarországért, Brussels)
9.15 Opening Remarks - István Hegedűs (Chairman, Hungarian Europe Society, Budapest)
9.30 1. Session – Illiberal democracies in the world: conceptual dilemmas and the increasing competition between different models of political regimes in the light of populist and nationalist tendencies in Europe
Introductory remarks (ten-ten minutes):
Kati Piri (Member of the European Parliament - Socialists and Democrats Group, Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Brussels): Illiberal democracies in the world
Pelin Ayan Musil (PhD, Faculty Member and Chair, Department of Politics, School of International Relations and Diplomacy, Anglo-American University, Prague): Comparing Turkey and Hungary on their path to illiberal democracy
Othon Anastasakis (Director, European Studies Centre, Director, SEESOX, Senior Research Fellow of South East European Studies, St Antony's College, University of Oxford): Extremism, populism and nationalism in the context of the eurozone crisis: How do they affect democratic politics in Europe?
Brain-storming 11.00 Coffee break

11.30 2. Session - The state of democracy in Hungary: political and legal conflicts between the Hungarian government and the European institutions in the last five years
Introductory remarks (ten-ten minutes):
Benedek Jávor (Member of the European Parliament - The Greens/European Free Alliance, Párbeszéd Magyarországért, Brussels): Recent systemic problems of the Orbán-regime in the spheres of decision-making, energy policy and corruption
Erik Uszkiewicz (Media researcher, Mérték Média Monitor, Budapest): Disrespecting European values by the Hungarian government and the reaction of the European institutions: Whose victory?
Morten Kjaerum (Director, Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Sweden, former Director of the Fundamental Rights Agency, Vienna): Monitoring fundamental rights inside the European Union - a comparison between member states
Brain-storming 13.00 Lunch
14.00 3. Session - What can the European Union do in case a member state regularly and systematically breaches European norms and regulations?
Introductory remarks (ten-ten minutes):
Jean-Marie Cavada (Member of the European Parliament – Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group, Vice-president of the JURI Committee, Member of the European Democratic Party, Brussels): The EU Democratic Governance Pact
Imants Lieģis (Ambassador, Latvian Embassy to Hungary, Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Budapest): The Rule of Law Mechanism in the European Union Council
Lorenzo Marsili (Executive Director, European Alternatives, Rome): Sanctioning liberties: Completing European institutions to protect fundamental rights
Brain-storming 15.30 Coffee break
16.00 4. Session - European and national public spheres: the role of political elites, civil society and the media in contextualising and framing public discourse about fundamental all-European values
Introductory remarks (ten-ten minutes):
Timm Beichelt (Professor, Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)): Layers of political justification: Integration, Europeanization, and democracy
Timo Lochocki: (Transatlantic Fellow, Europe Program, The German Marshall Fund of the United States, Berlin): Liberal ideas and the populist challenge in Europe
Krzysztof Bobiński (President, Fundacja Unia & Polska, Warsaw): Illiberal democracies: European political parties reach out to the east and the challenges of the Eastern Partnership
Brain-storming
17.30 Summary and conclusion
Zsuzsanna Szelényi (Member of the Hungarian Parliament - Együtt Party) 17.45 Closing remarks István Hegedűs (Chairman, Hungarian Europe Society, Budapest)

24 April 2015.

Gordon Bajnai, former Prime Minister of Hungary, leader of the Alliance Together - Dialogue for Hungary made a presentation for members of the Hungarian Europe Society on 28 August 2013.
 

The Hungarian Europe Society organised a workshop entitled "Illiberal democracies – what can the European Union do in case a member state regularly and systematically breaches European values and regulations?" on 2 June 2015 in the European Parliament, Brussels.