The international legal community’s eyes are on Budapest

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18 May 2016

The XXVII FIDE (Fédération Internationale pour le Droit Européen, International Federation for European Law) Congress was held in Budapest, Hungary on 18-21 May 2016.

The Faculty of Law of Pázmány Péter Catholic University in co-operation with the Hungarian FIDE Association has been given the opportunity to organise this prestigious professional event for the first time.

The four-day congress held at Kempinski Hotel Corvinus and at Pázmány Péter Catholic University has been attended by more than 400 legal professionals, including internationally recognised European law experts, legal practitioners, and judges of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

FIDE was established in 1961 in Brussels for the study and development of the law and institutions of the European Community. At present, FIDE has 29 member organisations. The activity of the national associations includes studying, discussing European law and promoting its development.

The most important events organised by FIDE are the congresses held biannually in different locations. These congresses are highly recognised and supported by the European Union, because they give an excellent opportunity for discussing fundamentally essential issues in European Union legislation. Each congress covers three parallel topics that deal with constitutional questions, competition law and internal market issues.

The European Banking Union, Private Enforcement and Collective Redress in European Competition Law and the Division of Competencies and Regulatory Powers between the European Union and the Member States were the three main topics covered by the Budapest FIDE Congress.

The Congress has been honoured with the presence of Dr. Péter Darák, President of the Curia of Hungary, FIDE President for the period 2015-2016; Dr. László Trócsányi, Minister of Justice of Hungary; Dr. Koen Lenaerts, President of the European Court of Justice; Professor Francisco Fonseca Morillo, Director for Criminal Justice Issues at the European Commission Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers; Professor András Varga Zs., Dean of the Faculty of Law of Pázmány Péter Catholic University and University Professor Dr. Gyula Bándi. In addition, Dr. János Martonyi, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary addressed the Congress as well. The participants were also greeted by Dr. Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.

Besides professional discussions, the attendees of the Budapest FIDE Congress had a chance to familiarise themselves with the beautiful capital city of Hungary. A dinner reception at the cruise ship Europa with Budapest sightseeing from the Danube, and a gala dinner at the Castle Garden Bazaar completed the programme of the Congress.

The host of the 2018 FIDE Congress will be Portugal.

An English language short documentary of the Congress can be found here.

Budapest, the 25th of May 2016

Press Secretariat of the Curia of Hungary