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Hungarian prospect of CBC with Ukraine and Belarus and
experiences on cooperation between authorities and civil
society or...
Euroregions in CEE
The Carpathian Euroregion
Hungary
Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén, Hajdú-Bihar,
Heves, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok és
Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg...
Main characteristics of Hungarian perception of
CBC
• Hungary was pioneer promoting CBC in a wider Europe
since the late 8...
Experiences
CBC is successful only, otherwise fails, if:
- There are shared values among participating countries
– There i...
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  1. 1. Hungarian prospect of CBC with Ukraine and Belarus and experiences on cooperation between authorities and civil society organizations Sándor Köles Senior Advisor, ICDT, Hungary 17, March 2017 Chernihiv
  2. 2. Euroregions in CEE
  3. 3. The Carpathian Euroregion Hungary Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén, Hajdú-Bihar, Heves, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok és Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg counties Poland Subcarpathian region Romania Bihor, Botosani, Harghita, Maramures, Salaj, Suceava and Satu Mare counties Slovakia Presov and Kosice counties Ukrajna Chernivetska, Ivano-Frankivska, Lvivska and Zakarpatska oblasts 161,135 km2Territory: 15,948,468 főPopulation:
  4. 4. Main characteristics of Hungarian perception of CBC • Hungary was pioneer promoting CBC in a wider Europe since the late 80’s (learning and sharing experiences) • Changes in CBC policy in mid 2000: more focus on Hungarian-Hungarian cooperation across border • CBC became an instrument for „national policy” and lost its inter-ethnic and intercultural focus • Today focuses only on Hungarian border regions surrounded by Hungarian communities and lost European perspective („ethnopolitical approach) • Participation in transnational programs (Danube strategy, Alp-Adriatic working group)
  5. 5. Experiences CBC is successful only, otherwise fails, if: - There are shared values among participating countries – There is a common interest exists between participating entities and cooperation is beyond protocol – The territory of any forms of CBC like euroregion is not too large (Carpathian Euroregion) and meet with the criteria of functionality (history, geography, etc.) – Takes into consideration the different level of competencies (oblasts, counties, rayons, local governments) and compatibility – Has a cross-sectoral approach (business, private and local governments) – Goes beyond ethnicity and national identities without ignoring it – Civil society and local communities are actively involved

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