Minority self-governance in Europe – autonomies
Challenges and experiences

CONFERENCE

Organisers:
Pro Minoritate Foundation
Budapest Analyses

Date:
4-5 December, 2003 (Thursday - Friday)

Venue:
Danubius Hotel Gellért

 

DRAFT

4 DECEMBER, 2003:

15:00
Opening remarks:
Szilveszter Vizi E. (President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

15:40
I. International law and the rights of minorities

Moderator:
Kinga Gál (Chief Advisor, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, international legal expert, Hungary)

Proposed speakers:
Géza Herczegh (International legal expert, Judge of the International Court of Justice in the Hague)
Miklós Király (Legal expert, professor at the ELTE University, Faculty of Law, Hungary)
János Martonyi (Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hungary)
András Oplatka (Neue Zürcher Zeitung)
Jenő Szász (Mayor of Székelyudvarhely, Romania)
Szilágyi Zsolt (MP, President in Charge of The Acting Board to the Transylvanian Hungarian National Council, Romania)

18:30
Reception

 

5 DECEMBER, 2003:

9:00
II. Ethnic autonomies in Western-Europe

Moderator:
Csaba Lőrincz (ambassador, Chief Counsellor of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Hungary)

Proposed speakers:
Joan Vallvé i Ribera (Member of the European Parliament, Catalonia)
Christoph Pan (Professor, Director of the South-Tyrolean Institute of Ethnic Groups, South-Tyrol)
Elisabeth Nauclér (Head of the Åland-Islands Administration, Åland-Islands)
Leo Neycken (Head of the Administration, Ministry of the German-speaking Community, Belgium)
Scott Greer (Research fellow, The Constitution Unit, School of Public Policy, UCL, London)
Iván Bába (Ambassador, former state-secretary at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs)

11:30
Coffee break

11:45
III. Stability and minority rights. The perspective of ethnic autonomies in transitional societies (in East-Central-Europe and South-Eastern-Europe)

Moderator:
Zsolt Németh (Member of Parliament, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Hungary)

Proposed speakers:
Andreas Gross (Rapporteur of the Political Affairs Committee of the Council of Europe, Switzerland)
László Józsa (President of the Hungarian National Council, Vojvodina, Yugoslavia)
György Schöpflin (Expert in political sciences, professor, London)
László Tőkés (Reformed bishop, Honorary President of the Hungarian National Council of Transylvania, Romania)

Closing remarks:
Viktor Orbán (Former Prime Minister of Hungary, President of Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Union)

 

Back