US company and world’s largest fund manager BlackRock announced plans to establish an innovation center in Budapest that will create and additional 500 high-added-value new jobs.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó strongly condemned the missile test carried out by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on February 12 in the strongest terms and urged regional partners in Asia to expand and strictly enforce the sanctions against the regime in Pyongyang.
The Embassy of Hungary to the United Stated in Washington, D.C. is currently seeking qualified applicants for the positions of Assistant to the Press, Information and Public Affairs Attaché and Assistant to the Economic and Trade Attaché.
Addressing US President Donald Trump’s recent Executive Order to temporarily suspending the entry of citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that he was “surprised to observe the neurotic reactions criticizing the decision of the United States.”
The Government of Hungary was shocked to hear of the shooting at an Islamic cultural center in Quebec on Sunday, January 30, and strongly condemns the religiously motivated attack that left six dead and many others wounded.
Hungarian Ambassador Dr. Réka Szemerkényi attended the United States Holocaust Museum’s event in honor of International Holocaust Memorial Day and all of those in history forced to confront hatred, affronts to human dignity and unthinkable acts of genocide.
On Saturday, January 21st, one day following the Inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, the Embassy of Hungary hosted a tripartite of events at the soon-to-be new Embassy building at 1500 Rhode Island Avenue under the headline “Salute to Freedom,” including a post-Inaugural Brunch and a VIP piano concert by Steinway Artist, Ádám György. Later in the evening, the Embassy of Hungary turned down the lights and opened up the Embassy’s new “speakeasy” bar for a happy hour and cocktail reception. Distinguished attendees of the Embassy of Hungary’s “Salute to Freedom” included President Trump’s advisors, Senators, Congressmen and Congresswomen, business executives and corporate leaders, leaders of the Hungarian-American community, and Ambassadors and Military Attachés.
Speaking in Brussels on Thursday, January 26, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán strongly criticized existing EU policy and asserted European’s overwhelming rejection of “open societies” in favor of democratic societies. The Prime Minister also called for reforms that would “make Europe great again.”
Hungarian Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács rebuffed criticism levelled by the Obama Administration concerning government policy towards non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating Hungary, calling such accusations unnecessarily encumbering bilateral relations.
Speaking at a press conference in Budapest following the release of 2016’s foreign trade data, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó highlighted Hungary’s record-breaking trade volume and unprecedented trade surplus.
The Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Jerusalem on Sunday, January 8 that killed four Israeli soldiers and injured many more.
In a letter of condolence to Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán conveyed his sympathies to the families of the victims of the New Year’s Eve terrorist attack in Istanbul and wished a speedy recovery to those who were injured.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó both sent letters of condolence to German Chancellor Angela Merkel following the attack on a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 and injured many others.
On December 9, Ambassador Dr. Réka Szemerkényi jointly hosted a charity Gala Dinner with the Azar Foundation for the Children of the World to help Syrian refugee children get back to school at the Embassy of Hungary.
Reacting to news of the attack on the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto condemned the act of terrorism as an assault on the diplomatic community and expressed their condolences on behalf of Hungary to the Russian people and the family members of the victim. Russian Ambassador to Turkey, 62-year-old Andrey Karlov, died on Monday following an attack by a gunman while opening an Embassy-sponsored exhibition at Ankara’s Gallery of Contemporary Art.
The Prime Ministers of the Visegrád Group countries (Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic) convening in Brussels December 15, 2016, on the margins of the European Council meeting, adopted a Joint Statement on migration, security, Ukraine and the digital single market.
The Office of the Defense Attaché of the Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC, in cooperation with the So Others Might Eat (SOME) charity group, organized a food drive aid titled Operation Charity on Sunday, December 4.
The Government of Hungary strongly rebuked a press statement released by the US Department of State in Washington, DC concerning the recent sentencing by a Hungarian court of Syrian native Ahmed Hamed who was involved in the attacks on Hungarian police at the Hungarian-Serbian border in September 2015. In an official statement, the Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister responded, calling the State Department’s comments "inappropriate and hypocritical.”
Speaking to media following a two-day meeting of the Foreign Ministers of NATO Member States in Brussels on December 5-6, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó indicated Hungary’s intention to strengthen the “European leg” of the organization and to push for a greater NATO role in countering the migration crisis and terrorism.
On Wednesday, November 30, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán spoke at the Sixth Annual Meeting of the Hungarian Diaspora Council in Budapest. The Prime Minister emphasized the successes of the rapidly expanding Hungarian economy and laid out a road path for diaspora outreach policies for the next five years.
On Thursday, November 15, Ambassador of Hungary Dr. Réka Szemerkényi and six other Ambassadors of the Visegrád Group (Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic) and the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania jointly signed a letter addressed to senior Democratic and Republican leaders in the US House of Representatives and Senate urging bipartisan support to streamline export procedures on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).
On Wednesday, November 23, US-based medical technology company Becton Dickinson announced a new investment project in the Hungarian city of Tatabanya to increase production capacity. The investment is expected to create an additional 219 new jobs.
Following a phone conversation with President-elect of the United States Donald Trump on Wednesday, November 24, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán expressed optimism and his belief diplomatic ties with the US could improve markedly. The President-elect also extended an invitation to the Prime Minister to visit Washington, DC.
Following a meeting with former Prime Minister of Macedonia Nikola Greuvski in Budapest on Friday, November 18, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán reaffirmed Hungary’s support for Macedonian accession to both NATO and the EU.
At the Regional Digital Conference in Budapest on Thursday, November 17, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced that corporation tax will be lowered to single digits next year: a rate of 9% will apply equally to small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporations. He added that this was decided at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, after a proposal from the Minister for National Economy, and earlier consultations with employers. Mr. Orbán said that, with regard to increasing the minimum wage in Hungary, he had asked the Minister for National Economy to do as much as possible in seeking to raise it to as high a level as businesses can reasonably sustain.
Speaking on Kossuth Radio’s „180 Minutes” program on Friday, November 11, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said he anticipates the opening of a new chapter of Hungarian-American cooperation following the election of Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States.
Following the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, President of the Republic János Áder, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó congratulated the President-elect on his victory and extended an invitation for even closer cooperation with the United States.
On Tuesday, November 8, ahead of the election of President-elect Donald Trump, Ambassador of Hungary to the United States Dr. Réka Szemerkényi attended election night watch parties and discussions hosted by the Heritage Institute, the Washington Post. POLITICO, and the National Press Club.
At a session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Friday, October 28, Hungary was elected member of the UN Human Rights Council for 2017-2019. Joining Hungary on the Human Rights Council as representatives of Central and Eastern Europe will be Croatia.
The world premiere of the Ferenc Németh Trio, the evening’s performance capped the Hungarian Embassy’s six-week-long program of events commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight.
On Wednesday, November 2, the Embassy of Hungary hosted a screening of the 2007 award-winning documentary “Torn from the Flag.” Nominated for an Academy Award in the category Best Documentary, “Torn from the Flag” chronicles the historical legacy of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight and its subsequent influence on the international decline of Communism.
Representatives Ed Royce, Marcy Kaptur, Dennis Ross and French Hill each delivered special video messages in support and commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight.
On Wednesday, October 26, Hungarian cimbalom players Kálmán Balogh and Miklós Lukács performed for guests at a special cimbalom concert held at the Embassy of Hungary in commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight. Organized by The Embassy Series, the concert was followed by a buffet dinner.
On Sunday, October 23, Ambassador Dr. Réka Szemerkényi and the Embassy of Hungary hosted a reception in celebration and remembrance of the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight. In attendance for the special ceremony were Hungarian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade László Szabó and original 56er and member of the Hungarian Revolutionary Government Dr. Imre Tóth.
On Tuesday, October 25, the Embassy of Hungary hosted a screening of the 2006 award-winning documentary “Freedom’s Fury.” Narrated by the legendary Olympic CHampion Swimmer Mark Spitz, “Freedom’s Fury” tells the story of the 1956 Revolution and follows the Hungarian water polo team’s journey to the Olympic finals in 1956 where they faced the Soviet Union in the now infamous “Blood in the Water Match.”
On his visit to the United States, Minister of Defense of Hungary István Simicskó met with Adjutant General of the Ohio National Guard Major General Mark E. Bartman on Thursday, October 13.
On Monday, October 17, Ambassador Réka Szemerkényi and Zsanett Ducsai-Oláh, CEO of the Hungarian National Trading House hosted an exclusive VIP dinner and wine tasting event at the Montpelier Room in the Library of Congress.
On Monday, October 17, Ambassador of Hungary Dr. Réka Szemerkényi and leaders of Hungarian-American organizations across the Washington, DC area participated in the opening of the Special Exhibition at the United States Congress commemorating the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight.
Washington, DC – On Sunday, October 16 the Embassy of Hungary hosted a VIP Gala Dinner at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC in honor of the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian evolution and Freedom Fight. The Gala Evening was one of the Embassy’s premier events in celebration of the anniversary of the 1956 Revolution taking place from Tuesday, September 28 and Friday, November 4.
The Washington Redskins honored Hungarian-born former NFL kickers Pete and Charlie Gogolak on Sunday, October 16 with a special halftime ceremony on the field that included the presentation of a customized Redskins jersey to Charlie Gogolak and the presentation of the official game day football to Pete Gogolak. Hungarian Minister of National Development Dr. Miklós Seszták, Hungarian Ambassador Dr. Réka Szemerkényi, 56er and Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister of Hungary Dr. Jenő Megyesy, and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Hungarian National Assembly Zsolt Németh were also in attendance and presented the Gogolak brothers with a gift on behalf of the Government of Hungary.
On Sunday, October 16 the Embassy of Hungary, in collaboration with Hungarian-American organizations across the Washington, D.C. area, erected a statue of the “Budapest Lad” to permanently commemorate the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight on the special occasion of its 60th Anniversary.
Minister of Defense of Hungary István Simicskó visited Washington, DC from October 10-14 and met with US Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work. Minister Simicskó also delivered the keynote address at a symposium held at the prestigious National Defense University in commemoration of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight on Wednesday, October 13.
On Tuesday, October 11, the Embassy of Hungary hosted a screening of the 2007 animated documentary “Freedom Dance” in commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight. The second of five total films was screened as part of the Embassy’s October Film Festival with Director Steven Fisher also in attendance.
On the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight, the Ambassador of Hungary to the United States, Dr. Réka Szemerkényi is hosting a black-tie Gala Dinner to honor the bravery and the values of the young Hungarian freedom fighters of 1956.
Nominated for a Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award, one of the United States’ preeminent showcase awards for cinematographic story telling, Hungarian film "Train to Adulthood” will be screened on Saturday October 15 at the American Museum of Nature History in New York City. Also in attendance will be the film’s director, Klára Trencsényi.
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H.E. Dr. Réka Szemerkényi, Ambassador of Hungary to the United States of America, cordially invites you to the unveiling ceremony of the Statue of the “Budapest Lad” (“Pesti Srác) on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 9:30 A.M.
On Wednesday, October 5, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó announced Hungary will open a €5 million preferential, long-term and low-interest credit line to support reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. Hungary’s contribution is part of a global effort aimed at raising $15 billion in international support for Aghanistan. To date, over 70 governments including the United States and other EU member countries have contributed to the fund.
On October 6, 1849, the 13 Martyrs of Arad, the national heroes of the 1848 Revolution and War who fought for independence from the Hapsburg Empire, were executed in the city of Arad (now Romania). Commemorated in Hungary as a national day of bereavement, the nation's first Prime Minister, Count Lajos Batthyány, was also executed in Pest.
On Tuesday, October 4, the Embassy of Hungary hosted a screening of the film "Journey Home” (Hazatérés) in commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight. The first of five movies to be screened as part of the Embassy’s October Film Festival, co-director Eszti Pigniczky was in attendance and answered questions from audience members following the screening.
On Tuesday, September 22, 2016 Congressman Dennis Ross (R-FL) and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Co-Chairs of the Hungarian-American Caucus, gave a floor speech in special recognition of the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight in the House of Representatives of the United States Congress.
Exactly 3,282,723 Hungarians and over 98% of the voters rejected the mandatory migrant relocation scheme and voted “no” in a national referendum in Hungary held on Sunday, October 2, 2016.
In special commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight, the Fulbright Commission will hold a commemoratory ceremony on October 7, 2016 in Budapest, Hungary.
In commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight, the Embassy of Hungary in Washington, DC is sponsoring a Film Festival throughout the months of October and November.
The United States and Hungary participated in a live-fire, joint military exercise on Wednesday, September 27 in Veszprém, Hungary capping off weeks of training between the US Army and the Hungarian Defense Force.
A Washingtoni Nagykövetség felhívja a Tisztelt Választópolgárok figyelmét, hogy levélszavazataikat szeptember 19-től kezdődően október 1-jéig minden munkanapon 9.00-16.00 óra között a Nagykövetségen található levélszavazat gyűjtő urnába helyezhetik. A népszavazás napján október 1-jén 6.00-19.00 óráig várjuk a levélszavazatokat.
The Embassy of Hungary in Washington, DC and Ambassador Dr. Réka Szemerkényi hosted an invitation-only gala dinner on Wednesday, September 28 for attendees of the 8th Annual CEPA Forum as well as in commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Revolution and Freedom Fight.
Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó spoke at an event co-organized by the Embassy of Hungary at the National Press Club in Washington, DC to kick off the Embassy of Hungary's six-week long program of events honoring the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight and also attended the 8th Annual CEPA Forum at the Willard InterContinental on his visit to Washington, DC between September 27-28.
On Sunday, October 16, 2016, the Embassy of Hungary will host a VIP Gala Dinner at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. in honor of the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight. The Gala Dinner will be the Embassy's keynote event of a series of programs to take place throughout the months of October and November in honor of the anniversary of the Freedom Fight.
Ambassador Dr. Réka Szemerkényi reaches out to the Hungarian-American community as the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Revolution and Freedom Fight approaches to announce commemorative events the Hungarian embassy will be organizing in honor of this year’s celebrations.