Europe can increase its emissions reduction target if it finds ways to redirect funding from Western to Eastern European countries, which oppose the move to a more ambitious commitment to fight climate change, writes David Buchan from the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies.
According to the communication of the National Forum of Rural Development, CAP reform should ensure member state sovereignty over their land market rules.
According to GKI Economc Research company along with Erste Bank forecast, Hungary can adopt the euro in 2014.
György Csomós, assistant professor at the University of Debrecen urges to reform the system of the Hungarian public administration. Tension between regions, counties and cities is the main barrier for new structures, csomós believes, and the solution lies in building regional governments, he suggests.
According to the report of the Commission, Central and Eastern Europe doesn’t get the one third of the budget of the TEN-T projects. Romania and Bulgaria are lag behind from the others in the area.
As President Obama and the NATO decided to extend the number of troops in Afghanistan, Hungary had also pledged to send 200 more soldiers to the Territory of Baghlan. "Today it seems that this commitment will not be tenable" - says Péter Wágner, analyst of the Hungarian Foreign Policy Institute.
"It has been defined that we need "value-oriented" and not "materially oriented foreign policy, which has to be given a face of human rights." - Andárs Türke, director of the European Varietas Institution writes in his recent analysis about the new Hungarian foreign policy. The expert says, it is of basic importance, how the new government presents it´s initiatives on the international level.
„Neither the best research results could see as innovation, until someone adopts it.” – said Némethné Pál Katalin, the research fellow of the GKI Economic Research Co. According to her, instead of the inputs the business adaptability should be the gage of the successful innovation policy.
While the price of both bio fuel and fuel from mineral oils are increasing, the gap between the two is becoming shorter and shorter, the Research Center for Agrar Sciences states in a recent study. Therefore in some European countries it is already cheaper to by a bio car than a traditional one.
According to Gabriella Steingart, the analyst of the National Security Review (Biztonságpolitikai Szemle) of the Corvinus Foreign Affairs and Cultural Association (Corvinus Külügyi és Kulturális Egyesület), the European anti-nuclear club founded after the catastrophe in Chernobyl is about to fall apart since after Asia and the US European countries decide to build reactors or increase the efficiency and life span of the already existing ones.
Not just Greece is responsible for the crisis of the Eurozone, says the economist Zoltán Pogátsa. He points out that also the problems of the internal market will have to come to the surface.
It would be too early to say that the Nabucco project has failed, says the analyst of the Brussels based think tank, Center for European Reform (CER). Big member states should support the construction of the pipeline more intensively as the EU could also use it for strengthening it’s ties via the neighboring countries, he states.
According to a working paper of the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy of CEU the credible Green Investment Scheme have future. As since two years several Central and Eastern-European countries are in the process of implementing GIS schemes, and Hungary was the first who sold Assigned Amount Units in September 2008 to Belgium.
Smahó Melinda the college of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre for Regional Studies West-Hungarian Research Institute wrote about the subject that how much the economic theories take the knowledge into account if they are dealing with regional development. The writer put the knowledge into the center and analyzed the weak points of the Austrian–Hungarian cross-boarder cooperation.
According to the recent publication of Amnesty International in Romania 75 per cent of the Roma living in poverty. Moreover the minority (10 per cent of the whole population of Romania) is the victim of the regular government segregation.
Health Care policy is the field, where Member States have relatively huge autonomy in the EU. Within the Treaty of Amsterdam (1999) the Community received a measure of influences, although it did not become a part of Community Policy. How the interests of Member State’s and the Union can meet, how can they complete each other? Nadia Carboni’s essay provides answers for that.
Czech, Polish and Hungarian professionals argue that 2011 will be a crucial year for the Eastern Partnership. Their views are summarized in a joint paper that was published with the cooperation of three think tanks, the Central European University and it´s Center for EU Enlargement Studies among them.
"The reactions of Mr. High Commissioner Knut Vollebaek can be decisive on the protection of European minorities." - Doctor of Sorbonne and director of the European Varietas Institute, András Türke wrote in his recent analysis about the European responses to the Slovak language-law.
Hungary´s interest representation and national politics concerning Hungarian minorities were the main subjects of Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Balázs´s opening speech in a conference concerning Hungarian national interest in the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs on Friday (27th November). The Foreign Minister said that Hungarian diplomacy is used to games rather than open struggles and that Hungary´s national politics needs to be improved.
"László Surján, rapporteur of the EU-budget received the most spotlight among Hungarian MEPs in October. In between fast-track professional work has started among socialist MEPs, while Jobbik representative, Krisztina Morvai mostly does political show in Strasbourg" - the political analyst center, Policy Solutions writes in his October research.
"Hungary makes no substantive steps related to energy policy," claims Constellation Energy Institute (CEI). Director, Anita Orbán says, Hungary is in a defenseless situation, as the country "depends very much from foreign resources, it has no economic latitude and its green energy potential is significantly smaller then of other countries of the region".
"Irrespective of the German election result, the “special relationship” between Germany and Russia will continue to thrive. The global economic crisis has served to forge even closer business ties between Germany and Russia. […] Germany is likely to concentrate on economic relations with Russia, which have proved lucrative, and to confine criticism of Russian domestic affairs to rhetoric", according to Researcher of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Minna-Mari Salminen.
Recent analysis of Szonda Ipsos, Hungarian pollster says that only one third of the SMEs do conscious marketing for their products. Although this rate seems to be quite low, analysts say the numbers have increased in the last years. SMEs support internet-based solutions the more often.
"Iceland´s politicians need to conduct an open and transparent debate with the public and with the interest groups concerned, so that the final decision [on whether to join the European Union] is taken on the basis of the best possible information about the EU and what membership means," wrote Graham Avery, a senior advisor at the European Policy Centre, in a September analysis.
"Any assumptions that having less daily cash flow as a result of the oil price plunge will change Russia into a more compliant and accommodating neighbour are simply unrealistic. For all that, now is the time for the EU to widen its interaction with Russia because for both sides patience will pay off in the end." - writes Christopher Weafer, Chief Strategist of Uralsib Capital in Russia.
"The realization of the South Stream project would help consolidate EU-Russian co-operation in the West Balkans," writes Dušan Reljić, a researcher at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, in an August paper.
The Icelandic parliament´s recent vote "to apply for membership [of the European Union] was a close run thing – 33 in favour, 28 against – and it would certainly be wrong to underestimate the negotiating difficulties which lie ahead," writes Michael Berendt, a former European Commission official and current public affairs adviser, in a July post on Blogactiv.
After the fall since last October, and the stagnation since April, July is the third month in line when conjuncture index of the GKI Economic Research Institute. The report -co-financed by the EU- shows already similar rates to the ones in last November.
"While the French Presidency and Nicolas Sarkozy was said to personalize the EU, and gave an answer to the Kissinger-question "what should I call if I want to speak to Europe?";, we only can hope that people do not knock on the door of Mr Václáv Klaus, if they want to get Europe know better. The eurosceptic attitude of the Czech president has weight down the achievements of the Czech Presidency." - says Korinna Vas, member of the Corvinus Society for Foreign Affairs and Culture.
GKI Economic Research Co. and Erste Bank predict the worst to be over in the crisis. The Hungarian economic performance seems to have touched the bottom this summer. External balance ameliorates gradually and inner balance also fits international requirements.
The performance of the Czech EU-Presidency has not been an ultimate triumph. While some of what went wrong in the course of the first half of 2009 might be attributed to extenuating circumstances, it is still useful to examine the mistakes. It could be especially useful to extract the lessons to learn for Hungary, as in the first half of 2011 we have to cope with the task of the President of the EU. A new Commentary by CEPS Research Fellow Piotr Maciej Kaczyński identifies five major mistakes committed during those difficult six months.