Dwa Bratanki 2018

Dwa Bratanki 2018: Strong Alliance in a Changing Europe.

Tuesday 25 September 2018, 9:00 am

Lengyel Intézet

1065 Budapest, Nagymező u. 15.

Following up the success of the previous Dwa Bratanki conferences, this year’s forum is to be organised on 25th September 2018, in the Polish Institute in Budapest. As in the prior years, we co-organise our conference with the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) and with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Hungary and Polish Institute in Budapest.

The main goal of this annual series is to enhance foreign policy cooperation between Poland and Hungary through emphasizing the main points of convergence and common interests, while also identifying the roots of the existing differences in order to find potential strategies for their settlement. This year we will focus on the upcoming EP elections and its possible effects on Polish-Hungarian relations, the PL and HUN approach to Ukraine and ENP, and finally the traditional and new regional cooperation platforms for broader coalition building in the EU.

Program of the event:

9:00-9:15 Welcoming remarks

Mr. Dániel Bartha, Executive Director, Centre for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy (CEID)
Mr. Bartosz Wiśniewski, Head of Research Office, Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM)

9:15 – 9:30 Opening Speech

H.E. Mr. Jerzy Snopek, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Hungary 
Mr. Pál Péter Schmitt, Deputy State Secretary for EU Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office

9:30 – 10:45 Panel Discussion: Before the 2019 EP elections

How will the results of the European Parliament elections affect discussions about the future of Europe? What sort of EU would Poland and Hungary prefer, and which scenarios should they prepare for? How to preserve the unity of the EU27?

Moderator: Ms. Edit Inotai, CEID
Speakers: Mr. Melchior Szczepanik, PISM 
Ms. Renata Mieńkowska-Norkiene, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Mr. Tamás Boros, Director, Policy Solutions
Mr. Botond Feledy, CEID

10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break

11:15 – 12:45 Panel Discussion: Central European approach to the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP)

Polish and Hungarian ambitions towards the ENP: Is Poland still willing to play the advocate of Ukraine in the EU? Will the dispute over the language bill and the blocking of the NATO-Ukraine Commission by Hungary affect PL-HU bilateral relations? How does the V4 partners’ differing relations to Russia and Ukraine impact the regional cooperation?

Moderator: Mr. Daniel Szeligowski, PISM
Speakers: Mr. Tibor Fehér, Deputy Head of Eastern Europe and Central Asia Department and Head of Section for Eastern Europe, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary
Mr. Tomasz Orłowski, Deputy Head of Eastern Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland
Ms. Elżbieta Kaca, PISM
Mr. András Rácz , CEID

12:45 – 13:45 Lunch

13:45-14:00 Keynote Speech

Mr. Zsolt Németh, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Hungarian Parliament

14:00 – 15:30 Panel Discussion: The significance of regional cooperation platforms in Polish and Hungarian foreign policy

How important are the traditional and the new regional cooperation platforms for broader coalition building in the EU post-Brexit? Is V4 still active in traditional areas of Central European cooperation and in which fields does the Three Seas Initiative (TSI) have a potential of achieving visible results in multinational cooperation?

Moderator: Ms. Veronika Jóźwiak, PISM 
Speakers: Mr. Márton Ugrósdy, Director, IFAT
Mr. Paweł Musiałek, Klub Jagielloński
Mr. Łukasz Ogrodnik, PISM
Mr. Dániel Bartha, CEID

The event is supported by the Embassy of Poland to Hungary and the Polish Institute in Budapest in the framework of the Polish-Hungarian Non-Governmental Cooperation Programme.