06 November 2013 | OCEANS Network
OCEANERS in Borderless Europe!
On the 25th – 26th October 2013 members of OCEANS Network
participated in the conference „Prospects for the European Union:
The conference was held in the capital of
Hungary, Budapest, organized by the Institute for Cultural
and hosted by Kodolányi János University of
During the conference, the EU Regional
Coordinator of OCEANS Network, Ms. Martina Maczalová presented
the OCEANS Network
, its goals, activities and involvement to the
audience of the conference. One of the OCEANS Network's members,
Ms. Renata Ribezl
, attended the conference as a guest speaker,
with her article "The indigenous multiculturalism in the EU:
Current situation and challenges for the future"
first day of the conference we could insight into the political and
law issues, enlargement question, monetary crisis, borderless
cooperation, or relations among member states of the EU. Think of
all great speakers let's mention most impressive lectures by H.E.
Mr. Gordan Grlić Radman
, Ambassador of Croatia to Hungary,
Mr. György Schöpflin
, Member of the Europen Parliament, Mr.
, former Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs or
Mr. John Wrieden
, Florida International University.
second day of conference was enriched by presenting results of many
interesting researches, mostly on the regional scale, e.g. national
vs. european identity or immigrants and integration processes in the
EU.We asked our members, who had the pleasure to participate
the conference, about their impressions:
I was glad to
attend this event, as existing borders and various constraints for
countries in European Continent are a relevant topic for
. Conference consisted of presentations, touching
number of interesting fields such as cultural studies, sociology,
geography, political science, law, history and economics. Speakers
presented their papers where they carried a research in European
Union countries and in a wider region. During the conference I
learnt many new things about Economic perspectives of European Union
as a global power, legal and social challenges and what to expect
beyond the European Union. Besides the conference I spent amazing
time with Oceans Network Members and discovered a wonderful city
Evelina S., Lithuania
From participating in conference in Budapest for two days, I could
hear various topics and issues about European Union and prospect.
Many speakers gave valuable ideas and some of them were really
interesting such as human trafficking, indigenous multiculturalism
because I never had a chance to discuss deeply these topics related
to European before! About borderless Europe seems difficult or even
it does not seem right way for the European Union to go in the
future at this moment having economic crisis and social conflicts.
However, I saw the positive future of European Union through this
conference dealing with problems and trying to find better solution
I really thank OCEANS Network for inviting me on this conference and
giving a chance to meet nice people and great speakers!
Yoonmi K., South Korea
This conference was the second one I attended through the OCEANS
Network and I must say that the network has a tendency to pick
conferences with very devoted and motivated organizing teams. The
staff of the conference was very helpful and well organized. Thanks
to the OCEANS Network and the organizers I was able to present my
article at this conference
. As a PhD student it is very
important to me to have this opportunities and I thank to both of
parties that made this possible.
Renata R., Slovenia
We are happy that we could participate in this pleasant and
interesting venue where we could know better the EU and find our
part in contribution of building its future.
We also believe
that conference „Prospects for the European Union: Borderless
Europe?“ is beginning of very successful and frutiful cooperation
between the OCEANS Network and the Institute for Cultural Relations