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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.