The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade hosted a roundtable discussion titled „Stronger Together: Evaluation of the Romanian EU Presidency” on the 17th of June, 2019. The invited guests were Dr. Mihai SEBE, Expert, Project Manager, European Institute of Romania and Associate Editor, Romanian Journal of European Affairs and Dr. Oszkár ÖKRÖS, European Director, Head of Department, State Secretariat for European Union Policies and Coordination of the Prime Minister’s Office. The event was moderated by Dr. Attila KOVÁCS, Associate Research Fellow of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The participants gave an overview of the main results and experiences of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, with special attention to the policy areas relevant to Hungary. They analysed the potential political implications of the 2019 EP elections and its impacts on the Central and Eastern European countries. The experts also discussed the issue of Brexit, the migration crisis, as well as the current state of the post-EU2020 budget planning and its potential impacts on the Romanian and Hungarian political and economic situation.