34th European Green Party Council: Eroded by Corruption. Empowered by Hope.
Hungary is at a turning point. Ten years of democratic backsliding and gradual state capture by a ruling elite have harmed opportunities for all citizens and proven to be an unsolvable puzzle for the European Union. But there is hope! A united opposition is confidently heading towards the 2022 elections with the goal of restoring democratic standards, fighting corruption, and rebuilding the social fabric.
Together, meeting for the first time in person since 2020, we will bring diverse perspectives to bear on the fight against corruption. A plague only too often experienced by Hungarian citizens with devastating consequences for democracy as well as economic and social wellbeing. Green forces across Europe have always been at the forefront of the fight against corruption and we will support our Hungarian party and partners in strengthening their action at home.
As we look and act in hope for a renewed democratic future for Hungary and the other countries who suffer from illiberal regimes, we will explore, as a political family, what awaits us when democracy is restored. Democratic systems have been shaken to their core, and ensuring democratic political forces are back to power will not be enough. How can we ensure that democracy flourishes again while the country can fully engage in a just and ecological transition?
For this 34th EGP Council, we will be gathering in Budapest, a highly symbolic place for the fight for democracy. Its Green mayor, Gergely Karácsony, who will be joining us, has been fighting since his election to restore democratic standards from the ground up.
The Council will be the opportunity to continue forging our solutions for the European Union as well. The EU has been struggling to effectively address these systemic democratic failures. How can Green proposals ensure that democratic standards and the rule of law are protected across the Union? How can we engage citizens and foster their participation to build back vibrant democracies? These questions will further enrich our debates in the upcoming Council.
We look forward to sharing more information with you in the coming weeks. We already encourage all Green party members and delegates to save the date and join the fight to strengthen hope for a more democratic Hungary in Budapest from 3 — 5 December 2021!