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The review of the European Waste Framework Directive
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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.
The majority of Hungarians are calling for a ceasefire and peace talks
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Ninety-two percent of Hungarians would immediately end the Russian-Ukrainian war and bring the parties involved to the negotiating table, according to an October opinion poll by Századvég. The survey examined Hungarians' views on the leading politicians involved, the relationship of certain countries and political actors to the Russian-Ukrainian war, and the issue of ending the armed conflict.
The negative impact of the war and the energy crisis remains decisive in the sense of prosperity of the population and companies
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According to the September 2022 survey of Századvég Konjunktúrakutató, the sense of prosperity of both the population and businesses has slightly decreased: on a scale between -100 and +100, the value of prosperity index decreased from -26.3 to -29.9 regarding households, while it decreased from -24.8 to -26.1 regarding businesses. The decline in the indicator of businesses is still caused by the higher inflation environment induced by the Russian-Ukrainian war and the uncertainty induced by the economic sanctions, and by the higher volatility in the financial, primarily in the foreign exchange market this month, an in the commodity markets. The sense of prosperity is possible to significantly improve when the war ends, the great uncertainty in the energy markets is eliminated, and lower prices develop.
The population is consistently opposed to the training of Ukrainian soldiers in the European Union
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In September, Ukraine's foreign minister and defence minister requested assistance from the European Union for military training, in response to which Brussels recently set up a military assistance mission to support the Ukrainian armed forces. The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, stressed that the move by Brussels was "clear evidence that the EU will stick with Ukraine for as long as necessary". Given that the mission risks further escalating the Russian-Ukrainian war, Hungary, as the only Member State, used the option of a constructive abstention in the vote on the proposal. In connection with these developments, Századvég took a closer look at the issue of training Ukrainian soldiers in the European Union, referring to its August opinion poll on public perception of this form of military assistance.
To establish the Integrity Authority, Transparency International delegates not eligible candidates to the selection body
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The statutory provisions on the monitoring of the use of European budgetary resources are currently headline news. Following a fruitful dialogue with the European Commission, the Hungarian Government has established by law an independent anti-corruption authority, the Integrity Authority, unprecedented in Hungarian history. Transparency International, as the alleged international ambassador for independence, claims the right to participate in the establishment of the new authority. With its recommendation of delegates, we are once again made aware of what it thinks independence means.
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