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Europe is the most peaceful region in the world

Global Peace Index (GPI) ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness.

The GPI covers 99.7 percent of the world’s population, measuring peacefulness according to three factors: the level of social safety and security; the extent of ongoing domestic and international conflict; and the degree of militarization.

The 2019 GPI report finds that the average level of global peacefulness improved very slightly this year, the first time the index has improved in five years. According to the key findings the Middle East and North African region remained the world’s least peaceful region.

Europe remains the most peaceful region…

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June 21, 2019

Europe

Justice Ministry: Hungary’s courts among best in Europe

The Justice Scoreboard released every year by the European Commission shows trends and reforms in the court systems of Member States. In the latest edition, Hungarian courts are now ranked among Europe’s most efficient.

For monitoring justice reforms and their impact in Member States since 2013, the EU Justice Scoreboard (also know simply as the “Scoreboard”) presents an annual overview of indicators with relevance for the independence, quality and efficiency of justice, essential parameters of an effective justice system; and serves as an inspiration to EU governments, highlighting positive and negative trends in the judiciary.

The 2019 edition further develops the…

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June 12, 2019

Europe

You have the right to know: Read the seven points here

You’ve heard about the Hungarian government’s public information campaign, “You have the right to know,” which brings to light the ongoing, pro-migration efforts of European institutions in Brussels. Read for yourself, the seven points:

1. Brussels still wants to adopt obligatory resettlement quotas. Back in 2016, the European Commission presented its first draft on the reform of the Dublin system. According to the proposal, the European Union would adopt an obligatory, automatic resettlement mechanism for immigrants without an upper limit on the number. In fact, the European Parliament even voted on it in 2017. It may seem like the idea…

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March 12, 2019

Europe

We want a more effective European Citizens’ Initiative

Press release by György Schöpflin

“The European Citizens’ Initiative is by far the most attractive way for citizens to send their ideas and aspirations for change to the European Commission and the EU as a whole. The new regulations will make this smoother and more effective, and it only remains for the Commission to administer the ECI in a constructive spirit”, said György Schöpflin MEP, author of the Report, after a reform of the European Citizens’ Initiative Regulation was adopted today by the Constitutional Affairs Committee.

The European Citizens’ Initiative is a way for citizens to shape Europe by inviting the…

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György Schöpflin June 21, 2018

Europe

Key takeaways from the V4’s “Future of Europe” conference

The Visegrád Group conference titled “Future of Europe,” held last week in Budapest’s Castle Garden Bazaar, a UNESCO World Heritage site, offered an opportunity to take a closer look at the continent’s future from a distinctly Visegrád perspective. During the event, which took place as part of the Hungarian V4 presidency leading politicians, renowned professors and well-known public figures offered thoughtful and provocative insights on the political and cultural forces that will shape Europe’s future. Here’s a brief rundown.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó, in his opening address, talked about the historical challenges facing Europe in the…

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Editorial June 5, 2018

Europe

The Commission ‘has taken the Hungarian election campaign to Brussels’

Last week, the European Commission published the latest country report on Hungary. While we have grown accustomed to certain points of criticism emanating from the European Commission, this latest report, issued a month before Hungary’s parliamentary elections, takes matters much further.

The report represents an “obvious and clear manipulation” and as such the Commission “took the Hungarian election campaign to the EU institutions,” said József Szájer, MEP and Vice-Chair of the EPP Group, at a press conference in Brussels.

“The report has been prepared on a political order. It is an open intervention in Hungary’s election campaign,” he added.

The report is…

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Editorial March 13, 2018

Europe

Frank Füredi: The cultural wars over values resemble the religious wars

In his latest book entitled “Populism and the European Culture Wars,” renowned sociologist Frank Füredi argues that the cultural wars in Europe are about the interaction of Christianity and Islam, the meaning of European culture and the clash between multiculturalism and nationalism. At a book launch event in the European Parliament, hosted by MEP György Schöpflin, Professor Füredi said that behind this antagonism we find conflicts today around national sovereignty and the role of the nation state.

The overarching supranational ideology of the EU’s institutions denounces the idea of national sovereignty as an obsolete and destructive concept, Füredi writes in…

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Editorial February 15, 2018

Europe

A transnational list would have created a more distant, less democratic EU

To strengthen the EU, we must all work to close the gap between European institutions and European citizens. That’s the position of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and the one that the Hungarian EPP delegation has advocated for some time. After all, European integration is for the people and not the other way around. Last week’s rejection of the transnational list for EP elections – by an overwhelming majority of MEPs – is absolutely a step in the right direction.
As a result of Brexit, the planned departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union will vacate 73 seats in…

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György Schöpflin February 15, 2018

Europe

Fidesz MEP leads the Parliament in supporting bees and the beekeeping sector

The beekeeping sector remains an integral part of European agriculture and has become a source of income for over 500,000 EU citizens. While the value of honey production makes a modest contribution to GDP, the real importance of the sector far exceeds that output. Considering that 84 percent of plant species and 76 percent of Europe’s food production depend on pollination by bees, a more realistic estimate of the sector’s value puts it at 14.2 million EUR annually. Honey also plays a significant role in maintaining ecological balance and biological diversity. According to MEP Norbert Erdős (Fidesz) the importance…

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Norbert Erdős August 30, 2017

Europe

National Consultation proves Hungary is a strong and proud European country

A record breaking number of Hungarians expressed their will to defend “the European Union of the founding fathers” in the country’s latest national consultation.

In his speech closing the national consultation on Europe, Prime Minister Orbán emphasized that Hungarians defended the competency distribution between the Member States and the European Union as “specified in the original treaties, in the accession documents. Hungary defends the current European acquis: it does not want to destroy them, it does not want to give them up, and it does not want to put them at risk. As we can read on the posters: Hungary…

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Editorial June 28, 2017