EU Funds: Abuses and the Political Consequences

  • Online-Seminar

  • 22. & 23. Juni 2020, 9-10.30 Uhr

  • Erste Stiftung, fjum, Europe's Futures, Presseclub Concordia


EU funds abuses have been prominent in several Visegrad Four states. Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak was assassinated because of his investigative work related to the corruption involving these funds. Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, allegedly channels EU funded contracts to the companies belonging to his family and friends. Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš was accused of conflict of interests: his companies allegedly profited from the EU funds. These practices have political consequences. Some analysts argue that they even contribute to the rising authoritarianism in the region. What can be done to stop the abuse?


22 June 2020, 9:00-10:30

EU Funds: Patterns of Abuse 

Blanka Zöldi, investigative journalist, Direkt36, Hungary
Jiří Nádoba, staff writer, Respekt, Czech Republic
Peter Sabo, investigative journalist,, Slovakia
Grzegorz Makowski, sociologist, expert on corruption, Stefan Batory Foundation, Poland
Judy Dempsey, non-resident senior fellow at Carnegie Europe; editor in chief of the Strategic Europe blog. Former Brussels correspondent for the Financial Times, Europe’s Futures Fellow
Peter Sabo, investigative journalist,, Slovakia

23 June 2020, 9:00-10:30

Political Consequences and Solutions

Péter Krekó, political scientist, executive director, Political Capital, Budapest, Hungary, Europe’s Futures Fellow
Michal Vašečka, sociologist, program director, Bratislava Policy Institute.
Anne Vitrey de Gardebosc, specialist in European public finances, professor, College of Europe (Bruge). Former Director of Budgetary Affairs, European Parliament.
Peter Csonka, lawyer, expert in the European criminal law, Head of General Criminal Law and Judicial Training in DG Justice, Brussels.

Concept and moderation

Mirjana Tomić, fjum (22.6.2020) and Ivan Vejvoda, Europe’s Futures (23.6.2020)

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