Hungary’s first democratically elected Prime Minister after 1990 died on this day in 1993 while in office after a long illness at the age of 61. József Antall played a pivotal role in the roundtable discussions leading to the peaceful democratic transition in Hungary and led the center right MDF party to victory at the first democratic elections.
The countries of the Visegrad Group reconfirm their strong interest in the political stability and economic prosperity of Ukraine and follow with great concern the events witnessed in the streets of Ukrainian cities since the time of the Vilnius Summit. The Foreign Ministers highlight their deep belief that the right of the people to demonstrate and express their opinion peacefully is one of the basic principles of the OSCE and the Eastern Partnership, which should be respected.
Mr. Phillip Aronoff, Honorary Consul of Hungary in Houston, Texas, was awarded the Honorary Foreign Economic Counselor title on December 6th, 2013 during the annual meeting of Honorary Consuls at the Hungarian Embassy in Washington DC.
Hungarian Honorary Consuls came from all across the U.S. for an annual meeting in Washington to coordinate outreach to the Hungarian American communities.
Foreign Ministry Deputy State Secretary Gergely Prőhle held talks with senior US State Department officials on tasks related to Hungary's forthcoming presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and its current presidency of the Visegrad Group (V4) on December 9.
Santa Claus has come to Washington as Hungarians, Americans and Hungarian Americans gathered for the 22nd annual Mikulás dinner co-hosted by the Hungarian Embassy and the Hungarian American Coalition featuring keynote speaker State Secretary Gergely Prőhle.
Human rights are celebrated worldwide today in remembrance of the adoption of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights by the General Assembly of the United Nations 65 years ago. This year’s commemoration is marked also by the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the mandate of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights which fulfils a primary role in the international advancement of the protection of and respect for universal human rights.
The Hungarian Embassy hosted a reading by Helen M. Szablya from her latest book, My Only Choice: Hungary 1942-1956 on December 5.
Hungary's government and people are deeply shaken by the death of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president. We express our sincere condolences to his family and the South African people, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a statement.
Ambassador Szapáry took part in the Ambassador Lecture Series of the International Relations Club. The topic of discussion was the economic crisis in the advanced world and its effects to the Central Eastern European region.
On December 2 a Hungarian colonel assumed command of the international coalition forces’ (ISAF) Special Operations Task Group – East.
Now in its 26th year, the AFI European Union Film Showcase continues its tradition of bringing the best in European cinema to Washington audiences. Hungarian Director Péter Bergendy won Best New Director at the 2012 Chicago Film Festival for "The Exam" and was an Official Selection, 2012 Karlovy Vary Film Festival.
This year’s selection of more than 50 films includes award-winners, international festival favorites, local box-office hits and debut works by promising new talents, plus many countries’ official Oscar® submissions for Best Foreign Language Film.
Zsolt Németh Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs of the Foreign Ministry of Hungary discussed the perspectives of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, the EU-USA Free Trade Agreement, as well as the issue of covert intelligence gathering activities during his talks with the National Security Council, the State Department and Congress on 21 November, 2013.
In the European Union Hungary is one of the prominent proponents of Ukraine’s European orientation. With the Vilnius Summit approaching, we noted with pleasure the increasing support of the Ukrainian society and political circles for closer Ukraine-EU relations, as well as the progress made in the adoption of the necessary reform measures.
The Embassy of Hungary and the Farkas Family jointly held a Book Launch on November 7 for the recently released memoir of Charles Farkas entitled „Vanished by the Danube”.
The Embassy of Hungary and the AFI Silver - Theatre and Cultural Center jointly organized the Washington D.C. Premiere of "The Notebook" (A Nagy Füzet/ Le Grand Cahier).
Director János Szász and Leading Actress Piroska Molnár were at the screening as special guests. The Premiere took place on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 5:30 PM (The Will Call table will open at 4:30 PM) at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD (Tel.: (301)-495-6700).
The Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries and their Western Balkan counterparts took place under the auspices of the Hungarian Presidency of the V4 on 31 October 2013 in Gödöllő, Hungary.
The highly qualified contestants of the Final Round of the 5th Liszt Garrison Festival and International Piano Competition gave wonderful performances at the Embassy on October 26, 2013 and made a memorable day for all the music lovers gathered here.
We are deeply saddened by the passing away of this rock icon, who beyond his musical exploits also contributed inspiration to anticommunist movements in Central Europe. After the Iron Curtain fell, Reed performed in Hungary two times.
The Hungarian Government regards it an honour that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has undertaken to be chief patron of Holocaust Memorial Year 2014, Minister of State Heading the Prime Minister’s Office János Lázár said today.
The Embassy of Hungary held a reception on October 23rd to commemorate the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight. The two co-chairs of the recently reconstituted Hungarian Caucus, Congressman Andy Harris and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, as well as Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart joined the Hungarian Embassy in honoring the freedom fighters of ’56.
Today Hungarian Defense Minister Csaba Hende met with his US counterpart, Defense Secretary Hagel.
ST. LOUIS — J. Joe Adorjan, chairman of the Saint Louis University Board of Trustees, has been awarded the Hungarian Order of Merit – Knight’s Cross, Hungary’s highest state honor.
Budapest's Liszt Academy of Music reopens its doors on Tuesday evening, following two years of renovation.
The Embassy of Hungary and the American Liszt Society - Baltimore- Washington Chapter cordially invite you to the
Final Round and the Gala Recital of the 2013 Liszt-Garrison Festival and International Piano Competition on Saturday, October 26 2013.
The Mimage Pantomime Theater from Hungary delivered a wonderful performance at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage on October 15, 2013.
Avis Budget Group, Inc. has once again expanded its Business Support Center (BSC) in Budapest, Hungary, which will now include operations and sales support services for the Company's Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.
The Prime Ministers of the Visegrad Group countries (V4) held talks in Budapest today, for the first time since Hungary took over the V4 Presidency.
Dr. Anita Orbán, Ambassador-at-large for energy security was in Washington between October 7 and 10. She met with members of the administration, both houses of Congress, and think tanks. Her discussions centered on European energy security and possible U.S. roles to help Central Europe diversify its energy sources.
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) unanimously decided at its session on Thursday that Hungary will take over the presidency of the organisation in 2015.
The Prime Minister’s Office has issued a call for applications in connection with the "Hungarian Holocaust Memorial Year -2014".
Hungary is operating like a real laboratory, trying to give responses based on traditional values to modern challenges, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Wednesday when addressing a forum of 200 guests in Chatham House, in London. He also added that political radicalism however cannot be mentioned among European values.
The Budapest World Water Summit starting October 8 will be the year’s landmark event of in Hungarian diplomacy, Deputy State Secretary Péter Wintermantel said on Friday.
The Mimage Pantomime Theater from Hungary will be performing in Washington, D.C., giving three wonderful performances. Join us at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage; La Maison Française and the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center.
Deputy Prime Minister Tibor Navracsics spoke at the opening of the conference entitled "Jewish Life and Anti-Semitism in Contemporary Europe" organized by the Tom Lantos Institute in the Hungarian Parliament building in Budapest. Speakers of the event also include Israeli Minister of Finance Yair Lapid, widow of the late Congressman Tom Lantos Mrs. Annette Lantos and Minister of State Zsolt Németh from the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Foreign Ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia emphasize the importance of developing strong ties between the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries, which is essential for stability and prosperity on the European continent. The Ministers express their appreciation of the determination of those Eastern Partnership countries – Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine – which, despite some internal challenges, are progressing in the process of implementing political, social and economic reforms. The pace of reforms determines the intensity of cooperation, therefore partners most engaged in reforms benefit more from their relationship with the EU, in line with the “more for more” principle. They welcome the European choice and aspirations of these countries.
Deputy Prime Minister Tibor Navracsics spoke at the opening of the conference entitled "Jewish Life and Anti-Semitism in Contemporary Europe" organised by the Tom Lantos Institute in the Hungarian Parliament building in Budapest. Speakers of the event also include Israeli Minister of Finance Yair Lapid, widow of the late Congressman Tom Lantos Mrs Annette Lantos and Minister of State Zsolt Németh from the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
On Wednesday, US automotive components manufacturer Delphi inaugurated its 8000 square meter new production hall, which will double the company’s Tatabánya unit’s production and will create a hundred new jobs. The expansion is worth HUF 3.4 billion (EUR 11.3 million) of which HUF 686 million (EUR 2.3 million) was provided from non-repayable Hungarian and EU funds.
The foundation stone of a Science Park, valued at some HUF 4bn, was laid ceremonially at the Debrecen production site of National Instruments (NI) Hungary Ltd.
Éva Polgár, the young, award-winning pianist of the 2012 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition gave a wonderful performance on September 25, 2013 at the Embassy to a full house, featuring the beloved works of Ferenc Liszt.
Hungary welcomes the UN Security Council’s binding and enforceable resolution that demands the rapid and controllable eradication of Syria’s chemical weapons, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced. The resolution was approved unanimously on Friday.
Minister of Human Resources Zoltán Balog addressed the opening ceremony of the 10th Autism-Europe International Congress in Budapest on Wednesday, where he spoke about the state’s task to create appropriate conditions for treating autism and enabling people with autism to live a full life in society.
The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble will be on tour in North America from mid-September till December 2013. The Hungarian Rhapsody – America will be performed more than seventy times all over the U.S. from New York to San Francisco, as well as in seven Canadian cities during the three month tour.
Hungary has inaugurated a new Honorary Consul in the United States. The new Honorary Consul of Hungary for the state of Connecticut Christopher Ball is director of the Central European Institute and István Széchenyi Chair in International Economics at Quinnipac University.
Ambassador Szapáry hosted an informal dinner for his V4 and Baltic 3 colleagues to discuss pertinent issues of transatlantic relations.
The Hungarian government is committed to further increasing and strengthening Hungary’s honorary consular corps, Minister of Foreign Affairs János Martonyi said in Gödöllő September 16, 2013.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary welcomes the recent agreement between the US and Russia concerning the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons, the Ministry announced it in a statement September 14, 2013.
The United States and Hungary in full agreement over Syria as political director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs concluded a two-day visit to Washington on 12- 13 September.
The Hungarian Embassy was saddened to learn of the tragic fatal shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and all those affected by this tragedy.
The Hungarian Foreign Ministry was shocked to learn of the attack against the United States Consulate in Herat, Afghanistan on September 13th, 2013. The Foreign Ministry expresses its sincere condolences to the relatives of those who have lost their lives and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured in the attack.
Ambassador Szapáry gave a speech at the Annual Picnic of the William Penn Association held yearly since 2001.
The new indicator measures the extent to which ideas from innovative sectors are able to reach the market, providing better jobs and making Europe more competitive. The indicator was developed at the request of EU leaders. Hungary’s performance has improved in 2011 and leads the group of the New Member States.
Next spring, according to the Government’s plans, a Holocaust memorial site will be constructed at the Józsefváros Train Station in Budapest, Minister of State heading the Prime Minister’s Office János Lázár announced at today’s Holocaust 2014 Memorial Committee meeting.
On the twelfth anniversary of the terrorist attacks, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary commemorates all those who perished on September 11, 2001, in the cities of New York and Washington, D.C., as well as in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. We honour the victims and express our solidarity with those who lost their loved ones in this heinous attack.
Hungary is prepared to send military advisors to Syria to aid the possible transfer of chemical weapons to international authorities and their subsequent disposal, the Ministry of Defence announced in Székesfehérvár on Tuesday.
Hungary has a principled and consistent position concerning the crisis in Syria. We have made it clear that the Assad regime has lost its legitimacy to govern Syria because it has waged a war against its own people without any scruples.
The United States and a number of other G20 states released a joint statement in St. Petersburg condemning the chemical attack of August 21 in Syria and calling for a strong international reaction. On September 8 Hungary has joined the statement that was issued in St. Petersburg noting that the attack constituted a grave violation of international norms.
János Martonyi Hungarian foreign minister met with his V4 counterparts to discuss the situation in Syria ahead of the informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Vilnius on September 6-7.
On the fiftieth anniversary of his death, I pay tribute to the memory of Robert Schuman, who was one of the Founding Fathers of the European Union, and served as a Prime Minister and a Foreign Minister of France.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán sent greetings in a letter to the Hungarian Jewish community and their leaders on the occasion of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. He wished the community and their leaders a "good and sweet year".
Hungary condemns in the strongest possible terms the chemical attack that was carried out in Syria on August 21, killing one and a half thousand people. The attack, which also targeted civilians, totally disregarded all moral rules and international norms. It is particularly shocking that every third victim was a child.
The 16th annual Hungarian Jewish Summer Festival is currently being held in Budapest between 25 August and 2 September and offers various programs introducing Jewish culture. The festival is the largest of its kind in Europe and this year the Prime Minister’s Office is sponsoring the event with 58 million forints.
Hungary strongly condemns the attack using chemical weapons carried out in Syria on 21 August 2013, as a consequence of which many civilians lost their lives.
Congresswoman Lois Frankel (D-FL) and Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI), members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee acknowledge the Hungarian Government's steps to combat anti-semitism in a letter addressed to Ambassador Szapáry.
The respected and beloved pastor of Cleveland's St. Emeric Church, Father Sándor Siklódi, following a short but serious illness passed away on July 31, 2013, 3 o’clock in the afternoon. He gave back his soul to the Creator, to whom he dedicated his life and faithfully served as a priest for 42 years.
On 2 August 1944, three thousand Roma people were murdered in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. What happened on that day only became fully known to history several decades later. 2 August was declared International Roma Holocaust Remembrance Day by the World Romani Congress in 1972. On this day, we remember the tens of thousands of Sinti and Roma people who were murdered throughout Europe during the Second World War.
On July 9, 2013 the Embassy of Hungary, in conjunction with Congressman Michael R. Turner (OH-10) hosted a panel discussion on the geopolitical aspects of US LNG export trade liberalization from the perspective of the V4 countries(Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia).
Prime Minister's Speech at the Meeting of Hungarian Ambassadors. (16 July 2013)
In 2013 Hungary was the guest country of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The program entitled Hungarian Heritage - Roots to Revival was a great succes.
The Hungarian Embassy welcomes Croatia as the 28th member state of the European Union. Hungary has always been a strong and ardent supporter of Croatian accession to the EU and today we join our Croatian friends in celebrating this truly historic day. Welcome!
“No country can be strong without a respectable army,” Prime Minister Orbán stated following his meeting with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
The Hungarian community in Louisiana is pleased to invite all those interested to a Hungarian Christmas get-together this Sunday, December 14. The event, traditionally held every year will take place from 4pm to 7pm at the Party Room -- 800 Rue Rampart "De Limon Place" Metairie, Louisiana 70005.