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JMCE EU Policy Talk Webinar: “The Rule of Law in Hungary: Will the EU’s new instruments make a difference?” by Nanette Neuwahl and Charles Kovacs

February 11, 2021 at 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM

Location:CES Zoom Room (online)

The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence is pleased to host an EU Policy Talk, “The Rule of Law in Hungary: Will the EU’s New Instruments Make a Difference?” with Professor Nanette Neuwahl and Mr. Charles Kovacs.

In December 2020, the European Union adopted Regulation 2020/2092, putting in place a system of rule of law conditionality for the use of the EU budget. Hungary is expected to bring legal challenge to the Regulation which might delay its implementation. The presenters will situate Hungary’s current state of affairs regarding the rule of law, evaluate the proposed mechanism for the protection of the EU budget in Regulation 2020/2092, and explore its benefits, limitations and potential. The presentation will be followed with a question/answer period with attendees.

Nanette Neuwahl is Associate Professor (Professeure Invitée) at the Faculty of Law, Université de Montréal, and holds a Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Law. She specializes in European Union law (constitutional law and external relations). Previously she was Director of Studies at College of Europe (Natolin campus) and co-director of the European Foreign Affairs Review.

Charles Kovacs is a former Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Lapcom Publishing Co Ltd., Budapest. Prior to this appointment, he was Head of the Budapest office of BZW and Barclay’s Bank Representative Office for Hungary and Slovenia. He has also served as a Senior Advisor at Citibank and Arthur Anderson and has worked with OECD and UNCTAD on projects in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Turkey, the Middle East and Kenya. He graduated from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

This webinar event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Please complete the form below.
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Background reading:

“How the EU can better protect the rule of law in its member states,” London School of Economics Blog, 8 May 2020, by Charles Kovacs and Nanette Neuwahl.

Report of the European Council meeting (10 and 11 December 2020) – Conclusions.

The EU Policy Talk Series is an activity of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence which is co-funded with a grant by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union and by Carleton University.