Program in english


How we became poor?

Civic seminar

Kossuth Klub (Budapest VIII., Múzeum utca 7.)

November 4-6, 2010

Seminar organized by TIT Kossuth Klub Egyesület, the Hungarian and the Central and Eastern European editions of Le Monde diplomatique and Transform!

and the editorial staff of the Eszmélet review

With the support of the French Institute of Budapest

Languages of the conference: Hungarian and French

with simultaneous translation


Thursday, November 4th

2:30 to 4:30 pm

Opening session

Győző LUGOSI, historian, chairman of TIT Kossuth Klub, editor-in-chief of Eszmélet, member of the editorial committee of the Hungarian edition of Le Monde diplomatique

Welcome speech

László ANDOR, economist, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Europe 2020 and the Fight Against Poverty

Zoltán LAKNER, sociologist, assistant state secretary at the Secretariat for Social Inclusion of the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice, department head at the Vitéz János Roman Catholic Teachers’ College

The strategy for social inclusion of the Hungarian government

Francis WURTZ, honorary member of the European Parliament, former president of the United European Left/Nordic Green Left group

Ambitions and limitations of the European strategy regarding poverty

Elisabeth GAUTHIER, director of Espaces Marx (Paris), member of the direction of Transform!

Poverty in Europe: a phenomenon on the margin or at the heart of society?


Questions, answers, debate

Judit MORVA, economist, editor-in-chief of the Hungarian edition of Le Monde diplomatique

Closing speech

Friday, November 5th

10 am to 1 pm

The political and economic context of the social crisis in Central and Eastern European countries

Moderator: Gyula CZÖNDÖR national secretary of Szociális Charta ('Social Charter')

Annamária ARTNER, economist, researcher at the Institute for World Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

The cause of poverty

Judit MORVA,

How poverty returned in Hungary

Ana BAZAC, philosopher, Polytechnic University of Bucharest

The Romanian left after 1989 and impoverishment: some theoretical remarks

Questions, remarks, debate

Coffee break

Gábor SCHEIRING, economist, sociologist, Institute for Political Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

An evolutionary dead end: investment capital driven growth loses its momentum

Anne-Cecile ROBERT, deputy director of Le Monde diplomatique in charge of international editions and development

Poverty in the media

Uladzislau PIANTNITSA, journalist, Bielorussian edition of Le Monde diplomatique

The role of the World Bank in the indictment of poverty in Belarus

Questions, remarks, debate

Lunch break

2:30 to 6 pm

Social safety shaken: precarious work and unemployment, growing costs of housing and public services, debt trap

Moderator: Judit MORVA

Gyula HEGYI, journalist, member of the cabinet of European Commissioner László Andor in charge of social inclusion and fight against poverty

Energy and poverty

Szilárd KALMÁR, social activist

Alternatives of survival for the poor

“A város mindenkié” (’The city belongs to everybody’) team

On the right to housing

Monika KARBOWSKA, political scientist, feminist activist, European Feminist Initiative for another Europe

The poverty of women: the case of Poland

Questions, remarks, debate

Coffee break

Deep poverty and minority problems (Rom population), public stigmatization of the poor, criminalization of social tensions

Moderator: Annamária ARTNER

Péter FARKAS, economist, researcher Institute for World Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

The extent of deep poverty and racism in Hungary

András GÁBOS, sociologist, TÁRKI Social Research Institute

Child poverty in the EU and in Hungary

György NÉMETH, economist, sociologist

Gypsies, past, future, commitment of the intellectuals

Mátyás BINDER, historian, cultural anthropologist, teacher

The process of equaling poverty with gypsies, cultural transformation of the gypsy issue


The  “Monok model”

László DONÁTH, minister of the Lutheran community of Csillaghegy–Békásmegyer

Gábor IVÁNYI, Methodist minister, superintendent of the John Wesley Theological College, president of the Oltalom (’Protection’) charity organization

Church and poverty



Saturday, November 6th

10 am to 1 pm

Common propositions of the conference participants for overcoming poverty in Central and Eastern Europe


moderator: Gáspár Miklós TAMÁS