Virtual Mobility Grant

Grantee Name: Balázs Dobos
Grant Title: Investigating the political and legal contexts of European NTA arrangements
Home Institution: Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Grant period: Hungarian Academy of Sciences


Balázs Dobos:

– one of main objectives of the ENTAN network is to provide a learning material, a textbook on the various key aspects of NTA for an undergraduate university course. With a significant editorial contribution, most of the draft chapters of the NTA textbook were submitted and reviewed by the editors by the established deadline in the middle of September,

– within the textbook project, together with my co-author, Katinka Beretka, the comparative chapter on the legal and political aspects of the existing NTA arrangements in Europe was written and submitted by the middle of September. The chapter seeks to provide an informative overview for students on the institutional background, legal entrenchment, structural context and institutional cooperation of the cases in question.

– an ENTAN video has been produced and is going to be available on the project’s website on NTA registers, as a crucial part of the efforts to spread knowledge on NTA and disseminate up-to-date research findings to a broader audience,

– an online questionnaire was elaborated and distributed to ca. 900 members of minority self-governments among all the 13 minorities in Hungary, representing local variant of NTA in the country, asking them to evaluate their legal, political, and institutional opportunities, achieved results, the degree of their empowerment and the perceived efficacy of their work. By the end of August, 129 responses were recorded altogether. In the non-representative sample, on a five-point scale, for instance, respondents rated their own possibilities to make crucial decisions at the average of 4,2, while the involvement in the relevant decision-making was only 3,8. In addition, they also had the possibility to identify those challenges, problems and obstacles they need to face in everyday practices of these local NTA bodies. The questionnaire will significantly contribute to setting up both qualitative and quantitative performance indicators to assess the implementation of the relevant legal provisions and the operation of NTA bodies in everyday practices not only in the particular Hungarian case, but also in a broader international and comparative manner by including other examples, too. Thereby it seeks to expand and encourage further empirical and comparative research and cooperation among the network members