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Public Town Hall Conference


EU4Law Town Hall Conference – Cities and the Rule of Law

June 29, 2022, Red Town Hall, Louise-Schroeder-Saal, Rathausstr. 15, 10178 Berlin

in cooperation between the Berlin Senate Chancellery and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

The debate on the shortcomings of the rule of law and the curtailment of judicial independence is often portrayed as a cause of disagreement between EU institutions and member state governments. While many citizens perceive this as an abstract debate that is detached from their everyday lives, in fact, the opposite is true. Local self-government is impacted, too, and this has direct consequences for the administrations’ ability to provide public services. One response, e.g. from mayors across Europe, was their letter to the European Commission that the EU should redirect their funds directly to the local level.

The EU4Law Town Hall Conference will bring together practitioners from public administration, civil society actors and academics from Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Berlin, along with the wider public as the recipients of public services. The dialogue between these diverse participants, who otherwise have little contact, will provide a comprehensive and comparative understanding of the problem. The aim is to discuss not only the relevance of the rule of law for the local level, but also to exchange experience and to discuss what needs to be done in the future, e.g. through civic education. In addition, this conference will explore how the EU and the local level can connect in a more direct and effective way.





14:00 – 14:10      Ms. Ana-Maria Trăsnea, State of Berlin Delegate to the Federation, Permanent
                         Secretary for Active Citizenship, Democracy Support and International Relations -                       Welcoming Address

14:10 – 14:15      Dr. Claudia Matthes, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (EU4Law Project) – 
                         Opening Remarks

14:15 – 14:45      Mr. Roman Szełemej, Mayor of Wałbrzych (Poland) – Keynote Speech on the
                         Meaning of Rule of Law for Local Administrations 

14:45 – 15:30      Session 1: Rule of Law, Finances and Local Budgets, opening inputs from Ms.
                         Borbála Korsós, Deputy Mayor of the I. District of Budapest and Mr. Olaf Osica,
                         Head of the Strategy and Analysis Office of City of Warsaw Office

15:30 – 16:15      Session 2: Judicial Systems and Their Relevance for Public Administration, opening
                         input from Dr. Gülçin Coşkun, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin  

16:15 – 16:30      Coffee break                    

16:30 – 17:15      Session 3: Strengthening the Rule of Law through Civic Education, opening inputs
                         from Prof. Aldona Wiktorska-Święcka, University of Wrocław and Ms. Annegret
                         Wulff, Managing Director of MitOst

17:15 – 18:00      Session 4: Local Administration in Collaboration with the EU, opening input from
                         Dr. Benedek Jávor, Head of Representation of the City of Budapest in Brussels  

18:00 – 18:10      Final Remarks by Dr. Claudia Matthes

18:15                 Reception   






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