After the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) — Academic & media freedom [de]

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The Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) was a major pan-European democratic exercise for an open, inclusive, transparent, and structured debate with citizens from all over Europe. Now, it is time to review its progress, especially looking at these aspects:

  1. Strengthening common values in terms of sovereignty and more democratic at the European Union
  2. Sensibilize citizens to recognise the positive impact of reforms and political actions on their life, with the goal of demonstrating that citizens have a direct impact on the political debate.
  3. Additional requirements and recommendations forcing European officials to further strengthen the European “added value”
  4. Give an additional impulse and push to the requested reforms and a prolongation of the Conference on the Future of Europe.

To discuss these points, and more, the following speakers will open the review of the CoFoE as it stands:

  • Ambassador Dr Heinrich Kreft, Professor for Diplomacy and Director of the Center for Diplomacy and Security Policy at the Andrássy University Budapest,
    Eszter Nagy, President of Európai Föderalisták Uniója Magyarország, Member of the UEF Executive Bureau,
  • With video messages from Members of the European Parliament Gabriele Bischoff and Daniel Freund.

After the panel discussion, participants will have the opportunity to discuss the topics in groups (academic & media freedomt) and to evaluate the impulses from the panel discussion. Eszter Nagy of the UEF will summarise the results of the event.

⚠️ Plenum sessions will be held in German. ⚠️

The conference will be organized together with UEF (Union of European Federalists), Europa-Union Tarp, University Andrassy and UEF Hungary in 4 different stages 

  1. We like to run the review meeting on April 18th 2023
  2. To ask our questions in regards to the progress after the CoFoE, we like to invite representatives from the 
    1. EU Commission, 
    2. European Parliament, 
    3. Local Administration, 
    4. Journalists and 
    5. Scientists 
  3. We’ll meet the deputy major of Budapest, the deputy leader of the local EU Commission, a journalist and finally we’ll discuss the situation at universities. There the impulse will be provided by two videos from MEP Gaby Bischoff and MEP Daniel Freund. After the introduction we'll start with a podium discussion focussing on the academic freedom.
  4. In 2 working groups the outcome from the podium discussion will be reflected 
  5. With the wrap up an input towards European Institutions via UEF


The EUD delegation from Tarp had a first review meeting with Anett Bösz (Deputy Mayor of Budapest). “We learned a lot how the media politics and the corruption, especially the corruption of the Hungarian political elite, is working here” stated Richard Schade, a member of the EUD delegation. Anett explained with the example “BIODOME”, how the Hungarian government is overruling the people in Budapest, who will probably never get any benefit from this investment, but have to pay a horrible price for the annual maintenance.

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The local EU Commission welcomed the delegation with Bori Szigeti. She gave a brief overview on the complexity managing sanctions. “Now we have a better understanding on what is a request from an MEP, and how to manage the sanction in reality” was the conclusion from the EUD delegation.

The meeting and discussion with Desi Andras went around media politics. Desi expressed his situation, how his newspaper was “closed” from one day to the next day. The way the Hungarian Government is treating the press is horrendous. There is no free press in Hungary anymore.

Ambassador Dr. Heinrich Kreft, Professor for Diplomacy at Andrassy University completed the review planned for the visit at Budapest. The Andrassy University is one of the last Universities in Hungary where academic freedom is secured. This because the support from Austria and Germany (here especially from Bavaria, Nordrhein-Westfalen and Baden-Württemberg). All other universities are no more under public, but under private control. The control is given to Orbán’s friends, not only for a given period, no for their whole life. The academic freedom is endangered. When looking on the former Central European University, founded by G. Soros, will become under Chinese control. We asked ourself what is the future for Hungarian students?

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  1. No-Veto
  2. EU as member of the NATO, no longer the individual EU Countries
  3. Sustainability as priority to all consumers 
  4. More collaboration and integration between the countries, exchange between regions is fruitful
  5. Higher impact on geopolitical level
  6. Constitutional legality is an advantage to all investors in the world
  7. One voice is a must for any activity in terms of external affairs
  8. European cyber security program
  9. Enlarge the competence of the European parliament (most important FINANCE)
  10. Continue with the CoFoE
  11. Let the convent get started