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.
At a ceremony in the Parliament Building, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán spoke about the importance of role models after presenting the American businessman of Hungarian origin Steven F. Udvar-Hazy – Chairman and CEO of Air Lease Corporation – with the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary.
Deputy State Secretary for European and American Relations Kristóf Altusz travelled to North America on an official diplomatic visit between April 25-30, 2016. During the course of his visit Altusz met with members of the Hungarian communities of New York and Connecticut, opened the first regional diaspora meeting organized by the Consulate General in New York, held negotiations with representatives of Brooklyn’s Hungarian-rooted Jewish community and visited the Freedom House Institute of International Politics.
“A political agreement has been reached concerning the fact that the countries of the Visegrád Group will each be sending a contingent of soldiers to the Baltic in three-month shifts beginning in 2017 within the framework of measures aimed at increasing NATOs presence in the region”, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó told Hungarian news agency MTI by telephone on Friday from Jūrmala, Latvia, where he is attending a summit of foreign ministers from the Visegrád Group (V4), Baltic and Scandinavian countries.
“Budapest’s bid to organise the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics represents not just Hungary, but the whole Central European region, where the Games have never been held before”, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said.
On Tuesday, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó heed talks with leaders of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (AmCham).
Dr Csaba Latorcai, Deputy State Secretary for Priority Social Affairs at the Prime Minister’s Office delivered a speech at the Uránia National Movie Theatre on the Memorial Day of the Victims of the Hungarian Holocaust. This year the memorial day fell on Saturday, and bearing in mind the laws of the Jewish faith, the commemoration was held today. The film Dawn Fever by Péter Gárdos was shown in the cinema as part of the event.
Minister of Agriculture Dr. Sándor Fazekas and a delegation including representatives from the private sector met with the US Acting Deputy Undersecretary Secretary of the Department of Agriculture Michael Scuse on their trip to Washington, DC between April 9th and 11th. At the top of the agenda were European-US free trade negotiations, the issue of GMO free agricultural imports and the dairy market crisis.