Hungarians in Krynica: Migration, Europe’s future and the wage gap

Several Hungarian policitians are attending the 27th Economic Forum in Krynica Zdrój, Poland. Central Eastern Europe’s largest conference closes today.

On the last day at the Krynica Forum Petra Pana, Deputy State Secretary for Foreign Economic Affairs attends the panel talk “Central Europe – United or divided”. Agoston Samuel Mraz, CEO of Nezopont Institute hosts a thematic block entitled “The Visegrad Group – Our Place in Europe”, and he also joins the discussion with among others Laszlo Vasa, Deputy Director General of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade. Balazs Molnar, Deputy State Secretary for European Affairs at the Prime Minister’s Office joins a discussion about the prospects of Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova, while Jobbik MP Marton Gyongyosi discusses migration.

On Wednesday, among others,  Secretary of State for European Union Affairs Takacs Szabolcs attended the panel talk “The Union Divided: Quo Vadis, Europe?”; Zoltan Csefalvay, Hungary’s Ambassador to the OECD and UNESCO was discussing EU reforms and Richard Horcsik, Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs attended the panel talk “How to fix the EU?”.

The chairman of the strongest opposition party, Gabor Vona attended a panel talk entitled “A Two–speed Europe or Two Europes?” on Wednesday. According to Vona,

“the two-speed Europe is not a future scenario, but the past and the present, the reality we live in”. 

Jobbik’s chairman said that for the Central Eastern European countries who joined the EU in 2004 or later, it’s today “not a happy historical fulfilment, but a lost illusion”. According to Vona

“the economies of the ex-socialist countries couldn’t truly integrate into the European economy. The free competition and the single market deteriorated their national economies”.

He emphasised that the single market has brought some kind of equilibrium in terms of prices, but – to the biggest disappointment of the people – there’s still a great difference in terms of wages. As a possible solution to this problem, Jobbik’s chairman introduced the “Wage Union” citizen’s initiative, supported by NGOs, political parties – including Jobbik – and trade unions from eight EU countries. They are currently collecting signatures.

On the first day of the forum Hungarian Deputy House Speaker Janos Latorcai attended a panel discussion on the Three Seas Initiative.

“It is a handicap for central and eastern Europe if natural gas is transported merely in the east-west direction and there is no infrastructure for north-south deliveries”,

– Latorcai stressed.

Also on Tuesday, Katalin Novak, State Secretary for Family and Youth Affairs of the Ministry of Human Resources was discussing the challenges of social policy. She said the Hungarian government is open for a common Central European social policy.

Hungary Journal
Photo: Euractiv


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