On May 22 - 24, 2019, several IVO experts attended the 16th annual cultural and social event “Meetings in Poiplie”, held in city Šahy. The event was organized by the local self-government of Šahy, supported by the Fund for the Promotion of National Minorities‘ Culture in cooperation with Menorah Saag, Artis Center and local civil society representatives. The initiator and permanent participant of this annual meetings of experts, diplomats, civic activists and artists was Péter Hunčík, co-founder and member of IVO board of trustees.
IVO Honorary President Martin Bútora, together with František Mikloško and Balint Magyar (Budapest), discussed in the Panel titled How We Took the Future into Our Own Hands that was focused on fundamental change in 1989 and its consequences for development of the Central European countries. The debate touched on the current social problems in Slovakia and Hungary. The discussion was moderated by Tatiana Wenclová.
Grigorij Mesežnikov discussed with Attila Lovász and László Kerí (Budapest) in the panel Free Media in Central Europe: Old and New Challenges and Threats that dealt with the role of independent and public service media and journalists in the process of democratic transformation and integration into the EU. The discussion was moderated by Andrej Matišák.
IVO experts Zora Bútorová and Olga Gyárfášová, together with Ivan Gabal (Prague) and György Csepeli (Budapest), assessed the state of society and its public perception in the panel Where are We Today: 30 Years of Democracy, 15 Years in the EU. The discussion was moderated by Grigorij Mesežnikov.
Report about opening of the „Meeting in Poiplie“(portal leviceonline.sk) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7J7elkpe5k