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Birthday celebration in the Hungarian Parliament

12/06/2007 by: Agathe Djelalian

On 4 May 2007, Pat Cox, President of the European Movement (an international lobbying association) and former President of the European Parliament, took part in a conference organised by the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, entitled "Restart the next 50 years in the EU". He addressed the audience with a speech on the importance of European values for further European integration.

The event, which took place in the parliament, was opened by Ms Katalin Szili, Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament. Key Hungarian Civil Society leaders, journalists, communication specialists and politicians attended the event and discussed three main issues related to the future of the EU: education, media and NGOs.

On this occasion, Mr Cox met the members of the European Movement Hungary and the Hungarian European Society for an informal debate on EU issues. The debate was accessible to the public via internet streaming. ‘Fifty years of Europe’, a poster exhibition, could be also visited on the venue of the conference.

Janos Blasszauer, the Hungarian Pedagogical Advisor for Spring Day, was invited by the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be one of the presenters and members on the educational panel. His panel focused on issues such as the EU in the Hungarian National Curriculum, the European topics that young people are interested in, and the Best practices in teaching EU and active citizenship. Seven of his students also had the opportunity to participate in this whole day event.

 The plenary talks discussed the values of the last and the next 50 years in Europe. Besides Pat Cox, other plenary presenters shared their views on the topic including Mr Péter Balázs, University Professor at Central European University, Ms Eszter Babarczy, Writer- Publicist, Ms Kinga Gal, Member of the European Parliament and Xaver Varnus, organist. The moderator was Mr Tamás Halm, Chair of the Economic and Social Council. Szilveszter Vizi E., President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences delivered the closing speech.

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