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The Future of Europe – the Hungarian Perspective
In his presentation, Ambassador Hetesy will provide an update on current issues shaping Europe’s future at home and in the World. He will touch upon the EU’s growing role in the Indo-Pacific region, its efforts in fighting climate change, as well as what member states, like Hungary and regional cooperation formats like the Visegrad Group (Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia), can bring to the common table.
Hungary, 1027 Budapest, Bem rakpart 47.
Event reportHungary organized a “Conference on the Future of Europe” event in the subtopic „EU in the World” on 2nd December 2021, from 5.40 to 7.40 pm in Wellington, New Zealand. The event was organized by the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA) and the Embassy of Hungary in Wellington. The speaker of the event was Dr. Zsolt Hetesy, the Ambassador of Hungary in Wellington, under the title „The Future of Europe – The Hungarian Perspective”. Due to COVID-19 rules the event took place in hybrid form and was managed by NZIIA. Twenty-five people were hosted at the Hungarian Embassy, while other participants followed the event online, reaching about fifty participants. The participants included women and men, and a wide range of age groups. The overall conclusion of the conference was that the EU is an important and reliable partner for third countries. This predictability and continuity is actually due to the healthy diversity of the EU, and the shared competences between the EU and its Member States. Hungary is interested in a strong European Union based on its traditional principles and values and based on strong Nation States. For this, the EU must find appropriate answers to its internal, core questions related to its own values. The Hungarian Ambassador presented the role of the shared competences between the EU and the Member States, the Hungarian proposal for a strong Europe based on strong Nation States, and its reasons. He illustrated the internal decision making process behind the unified EU approach towards external parties, and the benefits of unanimous decision-making. He showcased political solutions through examples, relevant to the New Zealand audience (free trade negotiations, fight against climate change / energy taxonomy, EU Indo-Pacific Strategy). He presented the different Member State positions, the importance of Member States' room for manoeuvre, and the role of the regional organizations, including the Visegrad 4 countries. He also discussed the driving forces and results of the migration and family policy of Hungary, the Hungarian climate policy, and the role of the Planet Budapest Sustainability Expo and Summit. In the Q&A section, there was general agreement in the audience that the EU should not wait for the resolution of its internal issues before continuing with its enlargement in the Western Balkans. In the absence of a proper EU perspective, the EU cannot expect support from those countries and cannot guarantee the interests and security of the EU in the region. It has also been accepted that, while EU is at crossroads, it is best to find political compromises and functioning solutions taking into account differing positions. As the problems and the changing nature of the EU migration policy as well as the deep division in Member State views prove it, the careful deliberative process cannot be shortchanged by majority decision-making or legal proceedings against certain countries. Such methods, and the further concentration of power would strengthen divisions instead of unity, and existing voter distrust in the organization. Therefore, the EU should preserve the level of sovereignty of its Member States.
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