“Liberal Opportunities in East Central Europe. Chances of a Liberal Comeback”: Conference, June 4, Republikon, Budapest

European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party (ELDR)


Republikon Institute (Hungary)

have pleasure to invite to a conference

Liberal Opportunities in East Central Europe. Chances of a Liberal Comeback



June 4, 2012, 10:30 a.m.


A38 ship (Petőfi bridge, Buda side)


Working language: English and Hungarian

Registration: republikon@republikon.hu


10:30-    Registration


11:00-11:05 Welcome                                                                                                                                                                  

  • Csaba Tóth, director of strategy, Republikon Institute


11:05-11:40 Key-note Speech:  Liberalism in Europe and in the East Central European region                        

  • Graham Watson (president of European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party)


11:40-12:00 Liberal opportunities in Hungary                                                                                                                  

  • Gábor Fodor (former chairman of SZDSZ, former minister of environmental protection of Hungary)


12:00-12:20 Chances of economic recovery                                                                                                                         

  • Péter Oszkó (former minister of finance of Hungary, chairman of the supervisory board, Patriotism and Progress Public Policy Foundation)


12:20-12:40 The liberal legacy from the last two decades: failures and virtues

  • András Bozóki (former minister of culture, professor of Central European University)


12:40-13:00 Coffee break


13:00-14:30 Alternatives for liberals in Hungary                                                                                                             

Moderator: András Vágvölgyi (leading liberal journalist)

  • Zsuzsanna Szelényi (president, Active Citizenship Foundation)
  • László Seres (leading liberal publicist, hvg.hu)
  • Zoltán Ceglédi (leading analyst, Republikon Institute)


14:30 Closing remarks                                                                                                                                                                

  • dr. Borek Severa (representative for Central Europe and Baltic states, Friedrich Naumann Foundation)


14:45 Standing reception

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