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Conference
2006-11-16 13:00:00

Looking for new directions – Balkan Project was the heading of the business lunch conference where the tightening of co-operation of research conducted on the Southeastern region was decided. Speeches of Szabolcs Fazakas and Ferenc Glatz.

 

Summary of the contribution of the participants available here.

 
 
Conference
2006-05-16 09:30:00

“The South-Eastern Region and Hungary in the Transport System of Europe
On May 16, 2006 a conference is held at the Congress Hall of the Centre for Social Studies at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (( I. district, Országház u. 28.).



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Conference
2006-04-25 09:30:00

“The Balkans: Co-operation or Competition in Agriculture”
On April 25, 2006 a conference is held at the Congress Hall of the Centre for Social Studies at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (( I. district, Országház u. 28.).



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16. November 2006

Ferenc Glatz

“Balkan-Project 2006/2007: Looking for new directions”


 

Ferenc Glatz, President of the Balkan Centre, spoke on the achievements and main events of the Centre during the twelve months since its founding and on future plans. He referred to the “Europe-blindness” of the Hungarian society that hinders people, politicians and other layers of society – even the skilful entrepreneurs, who have in earlier centuries keenly found their prospects whenever new opportunities arose – the Hungary as a member of the European Union since 2004 offers its people a much broader radius, a different, a new territorial and administrative framework for establishing their lives. Hungary’s accession to the EU offers new perspectives, the new member state, however, has to convey to its inhabitants as much help as possible – on the state administrative level, on the level of leading intellectuals – to find their place, what’s more people have to be made aware how they can look beyond the offered perspectives. Hungary has to develop her own, new world political concept along which her foreign affairs should be developed, and one important aspect of this urgent new concept should be that Hungary has a peculiar position in the region. Thus, research on Hungary ’s relationship with South Eastern Europe – both historically and politically speaking -- should be fostered. We need experts who are aware of aspects of society and social life in the Sout Eastern Region, who understand the day-to-day experience of the people of the region, who are familiar with the system of habits, the reflexes in general thinking. Hungary is situated along the main road of Europe, at least for the next decades. Hungary ’s government, the oppositional parties, and the leading intellectuals are obliged to call the attention of the people to the newly opening opportunities, and they are obliged to establish the necessary institutional framework – inter-state agreements, education of intellectuals and experts. A “new agora” has to be opened, since an effective change of attitude among intellectuals and leading politicians being deeply entrenched along party lines on strategic-political issues can only become reality if new cooperation guidelines are established. The Balkan Centre was founded in October 2005. The Minister for Foreign Affairs at that time, Ferenc Somogyi, supported this civil initiative enthusiastically. The Europe Institute Budapest, being a privately funded institute, initiated and co-founded the Centre. The Centre for Social Studies at HAS provides the administration and the Programme for Strategic Research at HAS contributes to the co-financing of publications and the events of the Balkan Centre. The last year’s achievements are the following: six conferences were organised on ongoing processes and development in natural environment, territorial administration, transport and economy of the South Eastern region. A homepage was designed that offers a political news observer, which is up-dated on a monthly basis, the lectures and speeches of the conferences, and scientific analyses on actual political processes. Thus, we have laid the corner stones for a monthly electronic magazine, which is to be supported by a gradual expanding electronic library on the Balkans. As to the staff, the Balkan Research Group includes 11 persons who support the work of the “virtual functioning” Balkan Centre. University lecturer at ELTE, Budapest , József Juhász, is heading the editing of the homepage. Meanwhile, a Research Group on the History of the Balkan has been established in the Institute of History at HAS headed by Zoltán Sz. Bíró. The Balkan Centre has as ist Secretary in Chief Andrea Antal, whose work is supported by an editing and administrative team (Beáta Kiltz, Rita Besznyák, László Orosz, Györgyi Zathureczky.)