Balance of the EU membership in the Visegrad countries: results and expectations

International conference

Date: 5-6th February, 2009
Venue: 1014 Budapest, Országház utca 30., Jakobinus terem
Language: English
Please register for the conference no later than 30th January, 2009 via e-mail: vgyorgyi(at)

organised by the following institutes of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences:
Institute for World Economic
Research Institute of Ethnic and National Minorities
Institute for Political Science
Institute of Sociology

February 5, Thursday

9:00 Registration

9.30 Plenary session – chair: Imre Lévai (scientific advisor, Institute for Political Sciences of the HAS)

9:30- 9:50 The political processes of integration

József Bayer (director, Institute for Political Sciences of the HAS)

9:50-10:10 Minority rights in an enlarged European Union

Balázs Vizi (head of the working group on minority rights Institute on Minority Studies of the HAS)

10:10-10:30 Visegrad countries: five years of membership, experiences with and active policy shaping in the enlarged European Union

András Inotai (director, Institute for World Economics of the HAS)

10:30-10:50 European projections: Euro-scepticism in Central Europe, new and old parameters

Tamás Pál (director, Institute of Sociology of the HAS)

10:50 - 11:20 Coffee break

11:20- 12:30 Discussion

12:30 Buffet lunch

14:00- 17:00

Afternoon working group sessions (parallel)

1) Sociological Working group, chair: Pál Tamás

Europeanisation and social change in V4 countries

venue: Institute of Sociology, HAS, Library Room (1014 Budapest,Úri utca 49. I/31.)

  • Andrzej Rychard (professor, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences (IfiS PAN), Warszawa): Europeanization and entrepreneurship: how market helped to fight populism in Poland
  • Jiri Musil (professor, Charles University, Prague): Europeanization as a contemporary form of socio-cultural integration in Central Europe- theories and facts
  • Grigorij Meseznikov (president, Institute for Public Affairs (IVO), Bratislava): Slovak quasi-Euro-optimism five years after: populism on ethnocentric background
  • Endre Sík (scientific adviser, Tárki Social Research Institute, Budapest): Competing and coexisting identities - is there a European identity (deficit?)
  • Zoltán Lakatos (senior researcher, Szonda Ipsos Media, Opinion and Market Research Institute, Budapest): Rethinking the effects of cultural dispositions on electoral behavior in a post-communist context (Declining class voting and obsolete political semantics in Hungary)

2) Political working group (chair: Imre Kovach, scientific director, Institute for Political Sciences of the HAS)

Elites and European integration in V4 countries
chair: Imre Kovách

venue: Institute for Political Sciences, HAS, 1. floor (1014 Budapest, Országház u. 30.)

14.00 – 14.15- welcome: József Bayer (Inst- for Political Sciences, Budapest)

14.15 -14.30 - Preliminary notes - Max Haller (Univ. of Graz)

14.30 – 15.00 György Lengyel (Univ. Corvinus): East-and West European Elites on the Integration

15.00 – 15.30 Juraj Marusiak (Inst..of Political Sciences, Bratislava): Euro sceptical moods among Slovak political elites - "Europeans on the outside, traditional “pro domo".

15.30-15.45 coffee break

15.45 – 16.15 Jiri Safr (Czech Institute of Sociology, Prague) Economic and Cultural Elite vs. Common Population: The lifestyles and value orientations.
16.15 – 16.45 Martin Nekola and Pavol Fric (CESES Prague): Comparative elite-public research on attitudes to the EU matters and integration

16.45 – 17.15 Ewa Nalewajko (Inst of Political Sciences, Warsaw): Integration and elites in Poland

17.15 -17.45 Imre Kovách (Inst- for Political Sciences, Budapest): Elites and integration in European and Hungarian context

17.45 - Summary - Max Haller (Univ. of Graz)

3) Working group on minority issues, chair: Balázs Vizi

Trends and challenges of the legislation and policies on minority issues

chair: Balázs VIZI
Venue: Institute for Minority Studies of the HAS, Library, 3rd Floor
(1014 Budapest, Országház u. 30.)

• Katarzyna Kaźmierczak (Institute of International Affairs, Akademia Świętokrzyska, Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland): National minorities in the Polish politics in the past and the present

• Helena Petrův (Department of Constitutional Law, Charles University, Prague): Legal Situation of Minorities in the Czech Republic

• Kálmán Petőcz (Forum Institute, Somorja, Slovakia): Participation of national minorities in public affairs in Slovakia, in the light of the ACNM Commentary on the Article 15 of the FCNM

• Balázs Dobos (Institute for Minority Studies of the HAS, Budapest): Minority rights and minority policy in Hungary after 2004

4) Economic working group, chair: Krisztina Vida

EU membership - new development perspectives: first experiences EU cohesion support, impact on national development, leverage in the economic crisis and potential for future regional cooperation

chair: Krisztina VIDA
venue: Institute for World Economics, HAS, Bognár-Balassa Conference Room
(1014 Budapest, Országház u. 30.)

• Tamás Szemlér (research director, IWE, Budapest): Mid-term economic programmes and the use of EU Funds in Hungary

• Elzbieta Kawecka (deputy rector, Warsaw School of Economics,Warsaw): Use of EU Structural Funds in Poland: rate of absorption as compared to other New Member States, reasons of problems and prospects for improvements

• Radomir Spok (research director, EUROPEUM, Prague): Czech experience with EU Structural Funds, results, problems, lessons for the future

• Zoltán Bara (political consultant, Bratislava): Contribution of EU Structural Funds to the development processes in Slovakia and the potential role of EU support in the crisis period


• Péter Heil, head of department, Ministry of Transport, Energy and Telecommunication, Budapest (tbc)

• János Matolcsy, chief consultant KPMG, Budapest (tbc)

February 6, Friday

8:30 – 10:30 Political working group:

Elite studies in V4 countries - comparison (chair: Bernadett Csurgó)

Elites and European integration in V4 countries (cont.), chair: Bernadett Csurgó

8.30 – 8.50 Pavol Fric (CESES, Prague): CESES elites research project

8.50 -9.10 Zuzana Polackova (Inst.of Political Sciences, Bratislava). Main topics of the

Members of the European Parliament from Slovakia in comparison with the policy of their mother/ politicalparties in Slovakia

9.10 -9.30 Ewa Nalewajko (Inst, of Political Sciences, Warsaw): Elite and European integration studies in Poland

9.30 -9.50 Ivo Bayer (Institute of Sociology, Prague):

9.50 – 10.10 Luca Kristóf (Inst. for Political Sciences, Budapest): Cultural, political and economic elites in Hungary

10.10-10.30 discussion

9:30-10:15 Joint working group session on future scientific cooperation of the participating institutions

10:15 Coffee break

10:30 Plenary session, chair: Pál Tamás

Visegrad countries: old and new challenges and approaches to cooperation

Reports, summaries and policy recommendations of the working groups

  • Pavol Frič, senior researcher, Center for Social and Economic Strategies, Charles University, Prague
  • Elżbieta Kawecka, Jean Monet professor, deputy rector of the Warsaw School of Economics
  • Grigorij Meseznikov, Institute for Public Affairs (IVO), Bratislava
  • Kálmán Petőcz, director, Branch of International Relations, Forum Minority Research Institute, Somorja, Slovakia

11:30 Discussion, comments

12:30 Closing remarks

12.40 Buffet lunch