The Department of Public Policy, in cooperation with the British Embassy in Budapest, and the British Chamber of Commerce, held the fourth and final session of the “Global Europe” seminar series, entitled the “Lisbon Agenda Post 2010 and the Future of Europe” on 8 April 2010.
Keynote speakers were Andy Lebrecht, the UK's Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU; Aniko Katai, Head, EU Economic Policy Department, Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Uwe Puetter, Professor, Department of Public Policy, Central European University. Nick Sitter, Head/Professor, Department of Public Policy, chaired the event.
The seminar participants discussed the future of the EU, and covered such issues as the successor to the Lisbon Agenda, the so-called “EU 2020” program; how the EU should spend its money; and what an enlarged EU might look like. The speakers also looked at those dimensions that are important to the UK and to Hungary; compared and contrasted the two country’s approaches to EU policy, their aims and objectives; and considered how the EU can respond to likely future developments.
Throughout the “Global Europe” seminar series, the organizers aimed to inform and promote debate on several of the key issues facing today’s European Union. As HE Greg Dorey, British Ambassador to Budapest, summarized in his opening speech on 8 April “We have already looked at the benefits that membership of the EU has brought, for example, through the freedom to work and trade in the single European market, the world’s largest free trade area. And, more recently, how Europe has come together to help ease the impact of the global economic storms on businesses. We have discussed how EU Member States are working together to create an area of “Freedom, Security and Justice”, and we have examined the EU's objectives for its Common Foreign and Security Policy, considering how it conducts and co-ordinates its activity; and how it relates to non-EU neighbours and key partners, such as Russia, Central Asia, Pakistan and NATO.”
Each seminar attracted a large external audience from academic, institutional, governmental, and non-governmental sectors and, was regularly covered by the Hungarian media. The official media partner of the seminar series was Figyelo.
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