Europe Institute Budapest
The Institute was established in 1990. (see; www. europainstitut.hu) Its director, Ferenc Glatz recommended to the meeting of the Council of Directors on 10 th June of this year, to create the Centre for Balkans Studies in Budapest . During the past months, the Strategic Researches Program of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Centre for Social Research and several well-known members of the HAS, university professors and public personalities have joined the Centre.
Since its establishment in 1990, the Europe Institute, Budapest has often considered issues related to the eastward expansion of the European Union. Since 1991, the Institute has participated in several pan-European projects dealing with the expansion. From the beginning of its existence, the Europe Institute, Budapest has continuously organized projects examining Hungary ’s scientific and cultural relations with Eastern Europe and South-eastern Europe . The Institute is guest to scholarship recipients and visiting professors, a significant portion of whom comes from these regions. It organizes conferences, issues a series of books in foreign languages (“Begegnungen-Crossroads”) dealing with the affairs of these regions. The Europe Institute Budapest provides space and infrastructure for the organization of the new Centre for Balkans Studies, finances the director’s and management’s salaries and offers 12 months’ scholarships for professors and 24 months’ postgraduate scholarships annually (with accommodation).
Programme for National Strategic Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
The National Strategic Research Program of the HAS began in 1996 with the stated goal that “The societies of East-Central Europe must jointly formulate their common local interests in the process of the great continental-intercontinental reorganization. They should endeavour to realize these common interests at the European forums.” The program developed plans in 1997 for a region-wide ecological monitoring system, and strategies for transportation and water management. It reviewed prospects for the ecological management of the Danube River valley and the Hungarian Lowlands. (These plans were published in monographs). However, the proposed conceptions were unrealized because of the so-called Balkan Wars and lack of financial resources.) At the present time, the European Union’s negotiations provide opportunities for obtaining significant financial resources. The Program Council of the Strategic Researches made a decision at its meeting of June 25, 2005 , according to which it supports the establishment of the Centre for Balkan-Studies. It intends to finance conferences, invitations for scholars with scholarships, and publications. At the same time, it proposed to the President of the HAS that the Academy should include in its plans the development of Balkans-studies (including support for young scholars and their projects.)
Research Centre for Social Studies at HAS
The Center of the HAS for Social Research includes nine institutes and two research groups. It was established with the purpose of organizing long-term scientific research efforts. It is headed by a Council. The Council’s meeting, held on October 24 th, decided to support the program of Balkans-studies, and the directors of eight of its institutes joined the Program Council (political science, history, jurisprudence, sociology, economics, folklore, archeology, minorities-research).
The initiative is being supported by the Hungarian Secretary of State, Ferenc Somogyi, and he will deliver the main address at the opening conference on November 15 th. Several university departments, including some at the Institute for Agrarian-Geographic Research, at the Corvinus University , at the Technological and Economic Sciences University of Budapest, at the St. Stephen University , and at the Eötvös Loránd University all support the program. The Center for Balkans Studies expects that the local agrarian- and crafts-chambers as well as individual entrepreneurs and financial institutions will also join its programs.
Institut für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa, Wien (IDM)
Österreichisches Ost- und Südosteuropa Institut, Wien (ÖOSI)
New Europe College, Bukarest
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