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IFAT participation at the 28th Economic Forum in Krynica

Dr. László Vasa, chief advisor and senior researcher represented the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade at the 28th Economic Forum in Krynica (South Poland), where he moderated the "Schengen Area Facing the Migrant Crisis – the End of Europe Without Borders? " panel discussion.

The yearly Economic Forum in Krynica, where IFAT, as key partner was actively participating in recent years, is the largest economic forum and summit of the Visegrad Countries, attracting not just businessmen but professionals, experts, politicians and academics from all around the world. This year more than 4.500 participants registered. One of the keynote speakers of the opening plenary session entitled “A Europe of Common Values or A Europe of Common Interests?” was H.E. Péter Szijjártó, minister of foreign affairs and trade of Hungary who also took part in the panel on the same day discussing the infrastructure development of the Carpathian Region. A large group of around 30 delegates represented Hungary on the Forum this year, IFAT was the only participant among the Hungarian think tanks dealing with foreign affairs in Hungary.

The panel moderated by Dr. László Vasa on 5th of September was covering the effects of migration on the Schengen Area, with the participation of Mihaly Balla, Deputy Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly (Hungary), Ruth Ferrero–Turrion, Professor of the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), Izabela Kloc, Chairperson of the Sejm’s European Union Affairs Committee (Poland), Andrija Nikolic, Chairman of the Committee on International Relations and Emigrants of the National Assembly (Montenegro), Franz Wolf, Director of the Austrian Integration Fund (Austria), Sergey Kuleshov, Dean of the faculty of Management and Economics at the Institute of World Civilizations (Russia). Despite the tight time frame an active debate emerged in the panel, first of all between the Austrian, Spanish and Polish, Hungarian participants.