Balázs Hamar, Dr

Balázs Hamar, Dr

Head of Brussels Office, Deputy Director
  hamar.balazs@ajtk.hu

Balázs Hamar is Head of the Brussels Office of the Antall József Knowledge Centre. He conducted his studies at the University of Horticulture and Food in Budapest. He defended his PhD at the Corvinus University of Budapest, for which he completed his research at the Humboldt University in Berlin as a DAAD Fellow. Between 2009 and 2014, he was the Permanent Representative of Hungary to the Rome-based agricultural and food agencies of the United Nations (FAO, WFP, IFAD), after which he worked at the UN Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Budapest. Following this, he served at the Hungarian Embassy in Seoul, initially as the science and technology attaché, then as the deputy head of the mission. At the Knowledge Centre, his main fields of research include the current political issues of the Korean Peninsula and the issues of the European Union related to climate change and food security.

Global Demographic Outlook 2020 – Demographic Perspectives from the Antall József Knowledge Centre Research Team

Global Demographic Outlook 2020 – Demographic Perspectives from the Antall József Knowledge Centre Research Team

Global population witnessed an unprecedented growth in recent decades. From reaching 4 billion in 1974, 6 billion in 1999 and 7.8 billion people this year, the world’s population is set to reach the 8-billion mark in the very near future. This rapid growth will affect less developed nations the most; however, in strong contrast, economically advanced countries across the globe will witness a sharp drop in population, due to a set of mutually-aligned trends. Fertility rates under the 2.0-2.1 threshold required for a stable reproduction rate, combined with an increasing life expectancy, mean that these states will not only have fewer citizens, but will also have to find a solution for the increasing pressure on their current pension system, as a declining number of workers will have to support a growing number of pensioners.

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Discussion on Europe’s Future  in the post-COVID-19 era

Discussion on Europe’s Future in the post-COVID-19 era

National Perspectives

The European Union struggles to fight the recent period of different types of crises (polycrisis), as described by several books, papers and arguments in the scientific literature. The primary reasons of the European economic crisis are the global financial crisis of 2008, the Greek sovereign debt crisis, the prolonged reform process of the bank union and the lack of fiscal policy integration.

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