Jean Monnet at Sziget Festival

Dr Boglárka Koller, Vice-rector for International Affairs and Jean Monnet Chair Professor participated in a roundtable discussion about the European Union at the Sziget Festival with Mátyás Maksi, Head of Representation of the European Commission Representation in Hungary and with Dr Attila Kovács, Dean of Faculty of Business, Communication and Tourism at the Budapest Metropolitan University.

The discussion aimed to give a comprehensive insight into the current political and economic position of the European Union and the program of the forthcoming Hungarian presidency in the Council of the EU.

The participants acknowledged that in the past years, the EU faced new changes and challenges; therefore, the need for resilience and capabilities heightened. Dr Boglárka Koller added that these crises often cause short-term necessities in the Union’s economic dimension, but at the same time, emphasised Jean Monnet’s famous quote that “Europe will be forged in crises”. The discussion also covered the elections for the European Parliament and the potential enlargement and candidate countries. 

Enclosing the speakers encouraged the audience to apply to participate in the Hungarian presidency as it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the youth and to participate in the upcoming European elections.


Text and Photo: International Office