European Citizens Initiative for Media Pluralism: the state of the European Union and Hungary

European Citizens Initiative for Media Pluralism: the state of the European Union and Hungary


Supported by Friedrich Naumann Stiftung für die Freiheit.


The Hungarian Europe Society (HES) cordially invites you to its international conference entitled “European Citizens' Initiative for Media Pluralism: the State of the European Union and Hungary”.

The event will be held on 27 September 2013 (Friday) at Hotel Benczúr (H-1068 Budapest, Benczúr utca 35.).
Please find the program here. Simultaneous translation between English and Hungarian will be available.

Please register your participation on HES’ website (here) by 22 September 2013.
Budapest, 5 September 2013

István Hegedűs

chairman of HES

List of speakers

European Citizens' Initiative for Media Pluralism: the State of the European Union and Hungary- international conference organised by the Hungarian Europe Society Budapest, 27 September 2013, Friday
Venue: Hotel Benczúr, 1068 Budapest, Benczúr utca 35., Hungary


9.00 Registration
9.30 Welcome and introduction
István Hegedűs (Chairman, Hungarian Europe Society)
9.40-10.15 Keynote Speech
Kerstin Lundgren (Member of the Swedish Parliament, Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe): Democracy-building in Europe - Indicators to Look For and Lessons to Learn From
10.15-11.00 Session One: European Citizens' Initiatives: With or Against the European Institutions and European Political Actors?
Moderator: István Hegedűs (Chairman, Hungarian Europe Society)
Richard Rose (Director, Centre for the Study of Public Policy, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow): Representing Europeans: Too Much or Too Little Democracy?
Zoe Lefkofridi (Max Weber Fellow, European University Institute, Florence): The State of Democracy in Europe: Problems of Euroscepticism and Populism
11.00-11.30 Coffee Break
11.30-13.00 Session Two: Media and Democracy in a Changing European Political Environment
Moderator: Péter Nizák (Hungary Project Director, Open Society Initiative for Europe)
Claudia K. Huber (Senior Researcher und Project Developer, Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, Berlin): European Democracy, Parties, Political Communication
William Horsley (Journalist, United Kingdom chairman, Association of European Journalists): The Autonomy of the Media Sphere: the Case of Britain
Svetlomira Gyurova (Foreign Desk Editor, Capital Weekly, Sofia): Parallels between the Situation of the Media in Bulgaria and Turkey 
Sofia Vasilopoulou (Lecturer, University of York, Department of Politics, Heslington): Euroscepticism in Greece
13.00-15.00 Break
15.00-16.30 Session Three: European Citizens' Initiative for Media Pluralism - Political, Legal and Economic Aspects of Media Freedom on European Level
Moderator: Erik Uszkiewicz (Researcher, Standards Media Monitor)
Lorenzo Marsili (Executive Director, European Alternatives, Rome): The Political Landscape of the European Citizens' Initiative for Media Pluralism
Giovanni Melogli (Correspondent to the European Institutions, Alliance Internationale de Journalistes, Brussels): European Citizens' Initiative on Media Pluralism: Legal Considerations
Elda Brogi (Research Assistant, Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom, Florence): EU Instruments to Foster Media Pluralism and Media Freedom
Giovanni Gangemi (Research Assistant, Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom, Florence): Economic Aspects of Media Pluralism and Media Freedom in the European Union
16.30-18.00 Session Four - Roundtable Discussion: European Citizens' Initiative for Media Pluralism in Hungary
Moderator: Máté Szalai (President, Association of Liberal Youth)
Participants: Judit Bayer (Hungarian Europe Society), Bea Bodrogi (CivilMedia), József Martin (Association of European Journalists), Péter Molnár (One Million for the Freedom of Press in Hungary), Sándor Orbán (South East European Network for Professionalization of Media), Gábor Polyák (Standards Media Monitor), Mátyás Vince (Association of Hungarian Journalists)
18.00 Conclusions
Györgyi Kocsis (Vice chair-woman, Hungarian Europe Society)
List of participants

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