logo web
IDM News   Thursday, 22 April 2021

Parliamentary elections in Albania | Panel discussion and briefing

On the 25 April 2021, the new parliament has been elected in Albania. The election was the first one under the new electoral law. The elections were taking place whilst Albania was undergoing a deep reform in the judicial system, which seem to have caused some fatigue amongst its people, as no real results were shared with the public yet. The campaign was a neck-on-neck fight between the ruling Socialist Party, which is in power since 2013, and the Democratic Party, which looked ready and eager to enter again the political arena. Polls were showing a narrowing gap between the two. However, the country witnessed another victory of the Socialist Party led by Edi Rama, which defended its already third mandate in a row. What is already clear is that the new government will have to face the old challenges such as judicial reform, fight against corruption or organised crime.

On this occasion, the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM), in cooperation with the Karl Renner Institute and the Political Academy, organised another panel discussion as part of our traditional series of events on parliamentary elections in our target countries. You can rewatch the discussion on the IDM YouTube channel.

Moreover, a detailed description of the situation around the parliamentary elections was summarized in a written briefing by Edlira Gjoni, Director of the Center for Public Impact in Tirana.



Albania Elections 2021.png

IDM News   Wednesday, 14 April 2021

“EU Concern Over Ukraine Is Not Enough” - an op-ed by Sebastian Schäffer for the Fair Observer
Russian troops were unexpectadly deployed on the Ukrainian border which led to further tensions between Ukraine and Russia. The EU reacted by expressing ist concern and reiterating that Moscow must end its military buildup in and close to Ukrainian territory.  

What are the underlying reasons for the recent hostilities between both countries? What reaction of the international community is crucial to hinder the conflict from escalating?  

“Being concerned is not enough — neither by institutions in Brussels, nor by EU member states. There is a need to be better prepared for certain scenarios. Repeating the same mistakes will be unforgivable for the region and the future of the European Union itself.” states Sebastian Schäffer in his op-ed for Fair Observer

The whole article “EU Concern Over Ukraine Is Not Enough” is available here

Fair Observer1
IDM News   Friday, 09 April 2021

IDM Short Insights 11: Side effects of vaccine diplomacy in Slovakia

Folie1

In March 2021, exactly one year since the assuming of the office after an overwhelming victory in 2020 parliamentary elections, instead of celebrating, Igor Matovič had to deal with the dissolution of his own government. What role can the vaccine diplomacy play in the domestic politics and what can be expected from the new Slovakian government? Daniel Martínek (IDM) describes the recent political storm in Slovakia and analyses the causes of the crisis.

IDM Short Insights 11:
https://youtu.be/aPWh08ROEiU

IDM Short Insights 11.png

IDM News   Monday, 29 March 2021

Parlamentswahlen in Bulgarien | Online Podiumsdiskussion und Briefing

Am 4. April 2021 finden die Parlamentswahlen in Bulgarien statt. Laut die Umfragen haben die Sozialistische Partei des Präsidenten Rumen Radew und die GERB-Partei des Premierministers Bojko Borissow die größten Aussichten auf einen Wahlsieg. Während der Covid-19-Pandemie und des eskalierenden gesellschaftspolitischen Klimas aufgrund der langsamen Immunisierung der Bevölkerung und nach monatelangen Protesten im vergangenen Jahr finden die Wahlen in allen anderen als ruhigen Umfeld statt. Wird Bojko Borissow - der derzeitige Premierminister, der aufgrund seiner Verbindungen zu korrupten Netzwerken und seines Machtmissbrauchs zum Rücktritt aufgefordert wurde - sein Mandat verteidigen?

Zu diesem Anlass organisierte das Institut für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa (IDM) in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Karl-Renner-Institut und der Politischen Akademie eine weitere Podiumsdiskussion im Rahmen der traditionellen Veranstaltungsreihe zu Parlamentswahlen in unseren Zielländern. Sie können die Onlinediskussion auf dem IDM-YouTube-Kanal ansehen.

Darüber hinaus wurde ein Briefing von Velina Tchakarova, Direktorin des Austria Instituts für Europa- und Sicherheitspolitik (AIES), über die aktuelle Lage im Vorfeld der Parlamentswahlen in Bulgarien zusammengefasst.

Parlamentswahlen Bulgarien 2021 Briefing.png

Parlamentswahlen in Bulgarien 2021.png

Neuerscheinung: Kultur im Exil - Kulturführer Mitteleuropa 2021
IDM News   Thursday, 25 March 2021

Neuerscheinung: Kultur im Exil - Kulturführer Mitteleuropa 2021

Kultur im Exil

In der diesjährigen Ausgabe des IDM-Themenhefts widmen sich internationale GastautorInnen dem Phänomen des Exils. Kulturschaffende aus  Rumänien, Bosnien und Herzegowina, Serbien, Ungarn und Belarus berichten von ihren persönlichen Erlebnissen mit dem Verlassen des Herkunftslandes und dem Neustart in der Fremde. 

Der Kulturführer Mitteleuropa 2021 erscheint am 25. März u.a. als Beilage zur Tageszeitung "Die Presse". Das Themenheft ist ab sofort im IDM-Abonnement sowie als Einzelheft auf Anfrage erhältlich. IDM-Mitglieder erhalten alle Ausgaben der Publikation kostenlos zugeschickt.

Kostenlos im ePaper verfügbar

Aufgrund der außergewöhnlichen Situation und den vielfältigen Beschränkungen der Corona-Pandemie hat das IDM beschlossen, alle Ausgaben im Jahr 2020 zusätzlich als kostenlose ePaper zu veröffentlichen. Damit soll möglichst vielen LeserInnen auch abseits von Abonnements und Zeitungsständen der Zugang zu unseren Themenheften ermöglicht werden.

Das aktuelle ePaper können Sie hier lesen.

Wir wünschen Ihnen viel Freude mit unserer Neuerscheinung!

http://www.idm.at/publikationen/info-europa/info-europa-2021/item/kultur-im-exil
IDM News   Wednesday, 24 March 2021

“Balkan nach Europa – sofort!” von Erhard Busek und Sebastian Schäffer (Neuerscheinung)

Erhard Busek (Vizekanzler a. D. und Vorsitzender des Instituts für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa - IDM in Wien) und Sebastian Schäffer (Geschäftsführer IDM) fordern die sofortige Aufnahme aller Westbalkanstaaten in die EU. Ihr Plädoyer verbinden sie mit "Gschichtln" über Grenzen, Glauben und Grausamkeiten, über Fabeln, Frieden und Fußball. So bilden die persönlichen Erlebnisse und Erinnerungen der Autoren auch ein Zeugnis ihrer Zeit. 

Erhard Busek & Sebastian Schäffer: "Balkan nach Europa – sofort!" Wien: Story.one Publishing. 80 S. Gebunden, HC gerader Rücken kaschiert. ISBN 978-3-99087-941-2. 

Balkan nach Europa sofort

https://www.story.one/u/sebastian-schaffer-20676/balkan-nach-europa-sofort
IDM News   Wednesday, 24 March 2021

IDM Short Insights 10 - The Future of Hungary's Fidesz in Europe

Folie1

In March 2021 Viktor Orbán's party Fidesz left the European People’s Party (EPP). What happened exactly and what can we expect next from the Central Eastern European right-wing party? Daniela Neubacher  comments on the recent conflicts about the future of Fidesz and explains what possible consequences this decision might have for the European Union.

IDM Short Insights 10:
https://youtu.be/2kdFIoA80bw

IDM News   Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Sebastian Schäffer on the crisis in Georgia in the "TRT Roundtable"
Sebastian Schäffer took part in the "Roundtable" discussion (9 March 2021) of TRT World on the current political crisis in Georgia.

Together with Ghia Nodia (former Minister of Education and Science of Georgia) and Sergi Kapanadze (opposition member and former deputy speaker of Georgia's Parliament), he discussed the implications of the current crisis for the future Georgia and its relations with the EU and Russia.

Moderated by David Foster.

Ist möglicherweise ein Bild von 4 Personen und Text „TRTWORLD GEORGIA CRISIS A test for the EU? i“Trt Roundtable
IDM News   Friday, 05 March 2021

New publication: "Developing the Rule of Law and Strengthening Anti-Corruption in the Public Procurement Sector in Moldova" Developing the Rule of Law Bacid Study
Developing the rule of law/Moldova

DEVELOPING THE RULE OF LAW AND STRENGTHENING ANTI-CORRUPTION IN THE PUBLIC PROCUREMENT SECTOR IN MOLDOVA
Tackling corruption through eProcurement – legal constraints and technical challenges in the implementation of MTender

Mihai-Razvan CORMAN (main author and editor)
Nicolas HEGER
Sebastian SCHÄFFER

Corruption in Moldova is endemic and widespread. Given the significant share of public spending in the Moldovan GDP, corruption in public procurement procedures is a particularly important issue. High levels of public procurement corruption hamper a competition-based, thriving and prosperity-generating market economy, have a significantly negative impact on the business and investment climate and present a serious obstacle to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). To counteract the devastating effects of corruption, in recent years, the use of electronic means in public procurement (eProcurement) has become a key instrument to increase transparency and accountability, reduce maladministration risks and strengthen businesses’ and citizens’ trust in public administrations. Against this backdrop, this study examines the legal constraints for the implementation of MTender – the eProcurement system in Moldova – and identifies the most up-to-date technical deficiencies of the system presenting challenges for its day-to-day use by the Moldovan business community.

This study argues that, despite significant improvements particularly in terms of transparency in public procurement in Moldova, MTender suffers from a variety of legal constraints hindering the system to unfold the full range of its functionalities as well as systeminherent technical deficiencies. The study shows that:

(i) the Moldovan legal framework regulating MTender is incoherent and contradictory, non-compliant with EU requirements and creates barriers for economic operators,
(ii) MTender has technical limitations that need to be addressed to increase contracting authorities’ and economic operators’ user-friendliness and trust in the system 
(iii) the degree of success of the establishment of a modern and digitalised public procurement system is highly dependent on the regulatory environment in which it operates and the community’s trust in its public institutions.

Drawing on key experts’ and users’ assessments concerning the current state of the public procurement system in Moldova, this study offers some policy recommendations aimed at eliminating current legal constraints hampering the functioning of MTender and its systeminherent technical deficiencies. It suggests that a definite answer to whether MTender presents a viable instrument to enhance a functioning digitalised public administration in Moldova should follow a phase where the system operates at its full capacity.
http://www.idm.at/publikationen/studien/item/developing-the-rule-of-law-and-strengthening-anti-corruption-in-the-public-procurement-sector-in-moldova
IDM News   Wednesday, 03 March 2021

"Aufstand für die Autonomie" - Daniela Neubacher zu Studentenprotesten in Budapest

“Studierende in Budapest protestieren seit Monaten gegen die politische Einflussnahme an der Universität für Theater- und Filmkunst. Sie fordern mehr Autonomie für ihre Universität. Was genau macht Hochschulautonomie aus und was kann sie gefährden?"

Daniela Neubacher äußert sich im "MDW-Magazin" über die Studentenproteste in Budaptest.

Der Artikel ist auch online abrufbar:  "Aufstand für die Autonomie"





IDM News   Tuesday, 02 March 2021

"Georgia’s Democracy on the Brink of Chaos" - an op-ed by Sebastian Schäffer and Jack Gill for The Fair Observer

"The ongoing political crisis in Georgia has been ramped up a notch over the last few days. The polarization of Georgian society, which is reflected at the political level, has reached a new high after the parliamentary elections last October, but especially so since the arrest and imprisonment of opposition leader Nika Melia and the raid on his United National Movement (UNM) headquarters on February 23."

What events have lead to the crisis? What implications will the current developements have for the Georgian society and the region?
Readan op-ed "Georgia’s Democracy Is on the Brink of Chaos" by Sebastian Schäffer and Jack Gill published in Fair Observer.


Georgia

Call for Nominations: Danubius Young Scientist Award 2021
IDM News   Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Call for Nominations: Danubius Young Scientist Award 2021
The Danubius Award was created in 2011 by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research (BMBFW) and the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) with the intention to honour individuals with extraordinary achievements in their scientific activity and output in relation to the Danube Region.
 
2021 this award will, for the eight time, be complemented with a specific price for young scientists –


the Danubius Young Scientist Award


This award will be granted to 14 young scientists - one from each country (citizenship is crucial) that is part of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Romania and Ukraine). The award seeks to highlight the scientific work and talent of young researchers and enhance the visibility of the scientific community in the region: Moreover the award encourages young scientists to engage themselves in the scientific examination of the multifaceted issues and questions specifically related to the Danube Region.
 
 

The award will be endowed with 1.350 EUR for each winner of the Danubius Young Scientist Award.


The Call for nominations for 2021 is now open!


Award Criteria:

  • Scientific excellence and innovative approach of the academic work
  • Thematic relevance of the scientific work for issues/problems of the Danube Region
  • Relevance of the scientific work beyond the national borders
  • Potential of the candidate (for example: integration in international networks, participation in scientific projects, publication history, experience in teaching etc.)
  • No formal age limit - but limitation to participants that have received their Master/PhD max. 5 years ago (= after 1st of January 2016)
  • Submissions of candidates holding only a bachelor degree will not be accepted


The nomination of the award candidate cannot be made by the candidate himself/herself but he or she has to be nominated by their hosting scientific organization (university, academy of sciences, research organization etc.).

Candidates for the Danubius Young Scientist Award can come from all scientific disciplines. The number of nominations per organization is limited to a maximum number of 3, meaning every university, academy of sciences or research organization etc. can nominate up to a maximum of three candidates in total. However, the three candidates have to come from different faculties or departments, institutes or research groups within the organization (please ensure an internal coordination in your organization e.g. via the rectorate or management).

It is expected that the award ceremony will take place in October/November 2021. The details will be announced in due time.

Moreover, thanks to the ongoing kind support by the JRC, the awardees will be invited by the European Commission´s Joint Research Centre to visit the JRC in Ispra, Italy in 2022.

You can find more information in the Call for nominations here:

mehr Informationen
IDM News   Thursday, 18 February 2021

Parliamentary elections in Kosovo | Panel discussion and briefing

On the 14 February 2021, the new parliament has been elected in Kosovo. The outcome of the elections marked a clear victory for Vetëvendosje, the party of Albin Kurti in coalition with the independent candidate Vjosa Osmani, the actual ad interim president. The coalition received 48% of the total votes. Despite this unprecedented victory, Kurti is still in need of coalition partners in order to reach the 61 seats required to form a majority in parliament. In case of success, Kurti might have a historic opportunity to start a new era both in terms of reforms and anti-corruption efforts as well as regarding the foreign policy including the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue.

On this occasion, the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM), in cooperation with the Karl Renner Institute and the Political Academy, organised another panel discussion as part of our traditional series of events on parliamentary elections in our target countries. You can rewatch the discussion on the IDM YouTube channel.

Moreover, a detailed description of the situation around the parliamentary elections including the election results was summarized in a written briefing by Donika Emini, Executive Director of the Civikos Platform.

Podcast Player

Warning: DOMDocument::loadHTML(): Unexpected end tag : li in Entity, line: 2 in /home/.sites/90/site4024909/web/templates/yoo_avenue/warp/src/Warp/Helper/DomHelper.php on line 47 Warning: DOMDocument::loadHTML(): Unexpected end tag : ul in Entity, line: 2 in /home/.sites/90/site4024909/web/templates/yoo_avenue/warp/src/Warp/Helper/DomHelper.php on line 47

We use cookies on our website. Some of them are essential for the operation of the site, while others help us to improve this site and the user experience (tracking cookies). You can decide for yourself whether you want to allow cookies or not. Please note that if you reject them, you may not be able to use all the functionalities of the site.