Turbulent Times

Turbulent Times


Medve-Bálint Gergő, Uszkiewicz Erik, Stahl Zsófia

The Hungarian Europe Society organised an international workshop entitled "Reforming the EU - Central European Perspectives" at the Central European University, Budapest on 18 March 2017.

The event was sponsored by: Friedrich Naumann Stiftunkf Für Die Feiheit

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List of Participant


9.00 – 9.20 Registration
9.20 – 9.30 Welcome
István Hegedűs (Chairman, Hungarian Europe Society, Budapest): Turbulent times in European politics – the populist/illiberal factor 

9.30 – 10.00 Introductory Speech
László Bruszt (Professor of Sociology, Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, SNS, Firenze; Central European University, Budapest): We've got five answers. But what could be the question? The White Paper on the Future of Europe from Eastern Perspectives

10.00 – 11.00 First session, first part: Diagnosis – Challenges facing the European project
Moderator: István Hegedűs (chairman, Hungarian Europe Society, Budapest) 

Daniela Lenčéš Chalániová (Dean, School of International Relations and Diplomacy, Anglo-American University, Prague): The political order of the European Union: democracy, legitimacy, and the member states of the V4

Christian Joerges (Professor of Law and Society, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin): The end of the Eurocrats’ dream 


11.00 – 11.20 Coffee Break
11.20 – 12.20 First session, second part – Diagnosis: Challenges facing the European project                         
Moderator: Györgyi Kocsis (Vice-chairwoman, Hungarian Europe Society, Budapest) 

Tomasz Tadeusz Koncewicz (Professor of European and Comparative Law, Head, Department of European Law and Comparative Law, Faculty of Law and Administration, Uniwersytet Gdański): Politics of resentment, European (dis)integration and changing paradigm(s) of EU law. Of boats, trees and ... THE JOURNEY

Kálmán Petőcz (Chairman, Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Slovakia; Senior advisor, Academia Istropolitana Nova, Svätý Jur): Democracy and human rights in the Visegrád countries


12.20 – 13.30 Lunch break
13.30 – 15.00 Second session - Principles: The constitutional foundation of a united Europe 
Moderator: Zsuzsanna Végh (Vice-chairwoman, Hungarian Europe Society, Budapest)
Dimitry Kochenov (Chair, EU Constitutional Law, Department of European and Economic Law, University of Groningen): EU fundamental values: substance and enforcement disconnect
Renáta Uitz (Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law, Central European University, Budapest): What is left of the European constitutional project?
Laurent Pech (Jean Monnet Chair of European Public Law and Head of the Law and Politics Department, Middlesex University, London): The rule of law as a foundational value of the EU


15.00 – 15.20 Coffee Break
15.20 – 16.50 Third session - Reform alternatives: national, regional or European sovereignty? 

Moderator: Zsuzsanna Szelényi (Member, Hungarian Europe Society, Budapest)
Gábor Halmai (Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law, Department of Law, European University Institute, Firenze): Pros and cons of constitutional pluralism within the EU
Kim Lane Scheppele (Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University; Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts): Recovering Europe’s lost imagination
Tomasz P. Woźniakowski (PhD Candidate, Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute, Firenze; Laufer Visiting Fellow, Geschister-Scholl Institute of Political Science, LMU München): Why the sovereign debt crisis could lead to a federal fiscal union: the paradoxical origins of fiscalization in the United States and insights for the European Union


16.50 – 17.15 Closing remarks and next steps
László Bruszt (Professor of Sociology, Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, SNS, Firenze; Central European University, Budapest)
Gábor Halmai (Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law, Department of Law, European University Institute, Firenze)

17.15 – 18.30 Book-signing and wine-tasting event 

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