We cordially invite you to the joint conference of Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), Policy Solutions and Táncsics Foundation entitled ’A new path for the centre-left in Central and Eastern Europe?’
The objective of the event is to examine the state of centre-left parties in Central and Eastern Europe through regional examples and to discuss how these parties could offer an attractive alternative to the voters. First, we will present Policy Solutions’ new study on the ‘State of the centre-left in Central and Eastern Europe’. The first panel discussion of the conference will feature Croatian, Polish, Serbian and Slovakian political experts presenting and discussing the challenges and opportunities for the centre-left, based on lessons from their respective countries. In the second panel, Hungarian experts will debate what kind of leftwing vision would attract the citizens of Central and Eastern Europe.
Date and time of the event: 25 November 2016 (Friday), 10:00-15:00
Venue: Akadémia Klub (1051 Budapest, Széchenyi tér 9.)
10:00 – 10:20 – Opening remarks
Gyula Molnár (President of the Hungarian Socialist Party)
Zita Gurmai (Vice-President of FEPS)
10:20-10:40 – Policy Solutions’ study on the ‘State of the centre-left in Central and Eastern Europe’
András Bíró-Nagy (Policy Solutions, Co-director, Head of Research)
10:40-12:00 – Challenges and opportunities for the centre-left – the lessons from Croatia, Poland, Serbia and Slovakia (Presentations and panel discussion)
Tomasz Bojar-Fijalkowski (Political scientist, Daszynski Centre, Poland)
Milos Dajic (President of the Steering Committee, Center of Modern Skills, Serbia)
Martin Muránsky (Political analyst, Slovakia)
Dasa Silovic (Chair, CEE Gender Network, Croatia)
12:00-12:15 – Q&A Session
12:15-12:30 – Coffee break
12:30 - 14:00 – What kind of leftwing vision would attract the citizens of central and eastern Europe? (Panel discussion)
Balázs Böcskei (Political analyst, ELTE TÁTK University)
György Földes (Director, Institute of Political History)
Mária Hercegh (President of the Hungarian Trade Unions Alliance Women)
Szilárd Pap (Blogger, Kettős Mérce)
Eszter Petronella Soós (Political expert on contemporary social democracy)
Moderator: Krisztina Bombera (ATV)
14:00-15:00 – Reception
The official languages of the conference are Hungarian and English. Translation will be provided.
Please register before 22 November 2016 at firstname.lastname@example.org
Policy Solutions is a progressive political research institute based in Budapest. It was founded in 2008 and it is committed to the values of liberal democracy, solidarity, equal opportunity, sustainability and European integration. The focus of Policy Solutions’ work is on understanding political processes in Hungary and the European Union. Among the pre-eminent areas of our research are the investigation of how the quality of democracy evolves, the analysis of factors driving euroscepticism, populism and the far-right, and election research.
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