Hungarians reject U.S. interference in domestic politics
The fact that the U.S. Embassy in Hungary posted a video on its Twitter page portraying leading pro-government politicians and various public opinion leaders in a negative light, and that U.S. Ambassador David Pressman had a confidential meeting with two Hungarian judges who are members of the National Judicial Council, caused a major storm in the Hungarian public discourse. A November poll by Századvég assessed what Hungarians think of the U.S. Embassy's involvement in Hungary’s internal affairs.
Brussels is preparing for an unfair move – it would pay Ukraine while the European Commission is withholding financial assistance from Hungary and Poland
After her talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Ursula von der Leyen said the leaders of Brussels propose a package of EUR 1.5 billion per month and up to EUR 18 billion in total to cover Ukraine’s financial needs next year. The President of the European Commission underlined that the European Union will support Ukraine as long as the country at war needs it. At the same time, Hungary and Poland, despite being EU Member States, have not yet had access to the EU funds that are rightfully due. In light of these developments, Századvég examined the Hungarians’ position on the financial support of Ukraine.
Hungary cannot foot the bill – public opinion rejects Brussels' plan to finance Ukraine
In a joint article published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called for a 21st-century Marshall Plan, modelled on the Marshall Plan, a comprehensive aid programme provided by the United States to Western Europe after World War II, under which the European Union would launch a large-scale assistance programme to finance Ukraine's reconstruction. Von der Leyen and Scholz stressed that this is a multigenerational task that needs to start now. Századvég mapped what the Hungarian population thinks about the various forms of financial and military assistance to Ukraine, especially the idea of rebuilding the country with European – including Hungarian – taxpayers' money.
The review of the European Waste Framework Directive
Századvég Konjunktúrakutató’s latest webinar focused on waste related consumer behaviour and the review of the European Waste Framework Directive. The workshop touched upon how waste collection and sustainability objectives could further be streamlined with manifested consumer behaviour and how this could be better reflected in EU-level sectoral rules. Our webinar sits well in with the European Commission’s ongoing revision of the EU Waste Framework Directive and also with the recent modifications of municipal waste collection and management in Hungary.
Webinar on the review of the EU’s Waste Framework
As part of the series of international webinars organized by Századvég, the next event focuses on waste related consumer comportment and the review of the European Waste Framework Directive.
Innovation in CEE and the new European Innovation Agenda
Századvég Konjunktúrakutató’s recent webinar focused on the much-awaited new European Innovation Agenda. This workshop touched upon initiatives promoting innovation in CEE and the developing new European Innovation Agenda: corresponding frameworks, challenges, and proposed ways to go forward.