NGO Consultation

NGO Consultation

Judit Bayer represented HES at a workshop organised by the Eötvös Károly Institute (EKINT) and the Budapest Goethe Institute on 17 October 2017. Participants discussed the interests and responsibility of civil society in defending European values. How can NGO-s secure the common values declared in Article 2 of the European Treaty requesting the European institutions and their own national governments to account how they implement them? Speakers included Sándor Radnóti, the president of the broad of trustees of EKINT; Gábor Bojár, founder of Graphisoft; Zoltán Fleck, lawyer; András Polgár, writer; Endre Sik, sociologist and János Kárpáti, former correspondent of the Hungarian News Agency (MTI) in Brussels. In her contribution Judit Bayer pointed out that civil organizations in any member state have the right to request data of public interest related to national authorities and the European institutions investigating what the European Union has done for the realisation of European values in endangered member states and for what objectives European transfers have been spent in these countries.  

The Hungarian Europe Society was one of the initiators of the demonstration held on 12 April 2017 at Heroes Square in Budapest against the proposed bill that would stigmatise non-governmental organisations.
Kata Nagy participated at the NGO Market 2019 organised by the Forum 2000 Foundation on 10 April 2019 in Prague, attended by more than 200 non-profit organisations.
As a supportive organisation, the Hungarian Europe Society signed a report on 18 October 2017 elaborated by five Hungarian NGO-s (Eötvös Károly Policy Institute, Hungarian Helsinki Committee, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, K-Monitor, Mérték Media Mon
On 5 June 2013 Judit Bayer and István Hegedűs represented HES at the new round of an expert meeting in the Independent Journalism Centre in Budapest. The participants discussed the recommendations of the high-level group established by the European Commission on media freedom and pluralism.
On 7 February 2018 HES joined the initiative of Civilizáció, which aims to reduce the level of corruption in Hungary. The initiative is based on the study of Transparency International about possible measures to confine corruption, summarizing its main findings in 12 points.