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Roundtables conclude the "Destination: Transparency" project

The final results of the "Destination: Transparency" project published in the report "Anti-Corruption in Moldova and Ukraine: A V4 Handbook of Best Practices" were presented at a series of roundtables organized by the Polish Institute of International Affairs in Brussels, Chisinau and Kyiv between July 2 and 9, 2015.

Anti-corruption in Moldova and Ukraine - Final report of the "Destination: Transparency" project is out

Corruption is the most oft-cited obstacle in relations between the EU and two of its eastern partners, Moldova and Ukraine. Seeping through public and private exchanges alike, systemic corruption impedes sectoral reforms—a crucial element of modernisation. The handbook offers concrete case studies from the Visegrad countries’ anti-corruption policy tracks and proposes solutions on how Moldova and Ukraine can best capitalise on the EU’s expertise, financial assistance and political momentum in anti-corruption reforms to minimise risk and optimise success.

Roma Access Programs students meet Beth Fernandez, our donor’s representative

On June the 4th 2015, Semiha Harapi (RGPP '15), Sebijan Fejzula (RGPP '13), and Eva Csiki (RAP '09) - some of the current and previous Roma Access Programs (RAP) students, the RGPP Program Manager, and the RAP Director had the pleasure to meet Beth Fernandez, Programme Officer at Sigrid Rausing Trust (SRT). From 2014, we have developed a SRT-CEU pilot internship grant scheme, specially designed to facilitate the access to real-world work experience in order to enhance our students’ applications for further study or meaningful employment.

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From 2014, Roma Access Programs Students have access to an internship grant scheme, thanks to our project developed with the support of Sigrid Rausing Trust. On June the 4th, 2015, some of the students, together with the RGPP Pogram Manager, and RAP Director, met with Beth Fernandez (SRT Programme Officer) at Central European University to discuss about the impact of the programs on their academic and professional development.

EU refugee quotas: CEU research in the spotlight again

EC' proposal to distribute refugee quotas to member states has spurred a heated debate. Economic arguments are used and often abused against such policy, and immigration in general.

Evidence-based policy making should, however, stick with empirically establihed facts. 

Martin Kahanec (Public Policy) argues mobility is good for the European economy and immigrants are an asset in the labor market.

The research he has contributed to rebukes three myths about the impacts and causes of international migration:

Myth 1: Immigrants take our jobs and lower our wages.

Experts' views on the Eastern Partnership

At the conference "Eastern Partnership and Its Prospects" organized at the Central European University on May 6, 2015, we had the chance to interview some of the conference participants concerning the role of their countries and of Russia in the Eastern Partnership framework. These small interviews with Mr. Andris Piebalgs (Advisor of the President of Latvia and former EU Commissioner of Latvia), Mr. Richard Giragosian (Founding director of the Regional Studies Center in Yerevan) and with Mr.

Eastern Partnership beyond the Riga Summit - Position paper

On the occasion of the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga on May 21-22, 2015, the Center for EU Enlargement Studies published its position paper "Eastern Partnership beyond the Riga Summit: Rethinking Cooperation". The paper calls for the EU to approach the challenges both the region and its own policy face in a strategic manner. The new approach should be differentiated but should remain inclusive. Mobility, trade and investment, good governance and security should be at its core. It should engage and empower civil society, while pursuing an honest and clear communication strategy.

Challenges of V4 Democracy Assistance - Event report

Visegrad countries should support Ukraine’s civil society financially and with their transition expertise, according to speakers at a roundtable discussion organized by CEU’s Center for EU Enlargement Studies (CENS) on May 14 as part of the Frontiers of Democracy series. The Visegrad countries, known as the V4, include the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland, have not shown a united front toward the situation in Ukraine in recent months.

"Only Developed Civil Society Can Drive Change" - Report on Belarus by Ales Bialiatski

“The fate of a civil activist is to be imprisoned in Belarus,” said Ales Bialiatski, vice president of the International Federation for Human Rights, in his talk at CEU on May 11. Hosted by CEU’s Center for EU Enlargement Studies (CENS), the event was part of the Frontiers of Democracy series.

Call for Proposals - The Role of State in Varieties of Capitalism (SVOC) conference

Call for Proposals

 The Role of State in Varieties of Capitalism (SVOC)
Achievements and challenges for Central and Eastern Europe and the emerging markets

26-27 November, 2015
Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

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