This part of the project is realised in cooperation with Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies.
In the first half of 2014, five national seminars were organized in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria and Poland respectively. The programme of each seminar included roundtable discussion with national experts on integration, public debate and off-record meetings with politicians and party experts from centre-right parties. Based on the publication POLITICS AND POLICIES OF INTEGRATION IN AUSTRIA, HUNGARY, CZECHIA, DENMARK AND AT THE EU LEVEL produced during the first part of the project, political representatives were provided with general recommendations on how to communicate integration of minorities. The aim of the national seminars was to find specific solutions to address the most sensitive issues concerning minorities in each involved country.
Input and feedback received by various participants at the five national seminars are to be processed and will be reflected in the materials, which are to be presented at a regional seminar taking place in Brno (CZE) between 30th and 31st October 2014.
The participants will have an opportunity to share their experience with integration of minorities and immigrants. Furthermore, they will receive training on how to communicate the issues of integration in order to reduce influence of extremist political parties in this agenda. All participants are to be provided with hard-copy iconographics and, most importantly, a country-specific analysis with the precise recommendations, aimed mainly at the leadership as well as the remaining members of their political faction.
Political parties addressed during the five national seminars:
|Tradition Responsibility Prosperity 09||TOP 09||Czech Republic|
|Christian Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People’s Party||KDU-ČSL||Czech Republic|
|Slovakian Christian Democratic Union – Democratic Party||SDKÚ-DS||Slovakia|
|Party of the Hungarian Community||SMK / MKP||Slovakia|
|Christian Democratic Movement||KDH||Slovakia|
|Austrian People’s Party||ÖVP||Austria|
|Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Union||FIDESZ||Hungary|
|Christian Democratic People’s Party||KDNP||Hungary|
|Polish People’s Party||PSL||Poland|