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For a Stronger and More Innovative Europe

Sándor Laczkó
Dec 29, 2020

“The German-Hungarian relationship rests on a solid foundation. The thread of the conversation never broke off in the face of the differences of opinion,” Ambassador Haindl points out to Diplomacy&Trade. Describing the current situation, he highlights that “our societies have been heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the past few months. The impacts of […]

Agreement Reached on the EEA and Norway Grants

Dec 21, 2020

Norway has signed new memoranda of understanding with the Hungarian government on the EEA and Norway Grants, in which EUR 214.6 million in funding has been allocated to Hungary. However, the allocation of funds cannot begin until a fund operator for civil society funding is agreed upon. According to a statement by the Norwegian Ministry […]

New Algeria Era

Sándor Laczkó
Nov 21, 2020

The People's Democratic Republic of Algeria celebrated its National Day on November 1, commemorating the start of the war of independence on November 1, 1954, the anniversary of the outbreak of the struggle against French colonial presence. On this occasion, the country’s ambassador, Ali Mokrani told Diplomacy&Trade how important this day is for the Algerian […]

King Salman Opens G20 Riyadh Summit

Nov 21, 2020

This week-end, Saudi Arabia hosts the closing event of the country's G20 Presidency. The Leaders' Summit, held online due to the pandemic and attended by the heads of state of G20 members as well as those of guestcountries and international organizations, was opened by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Welcoming the participants, King Salman […]

Complex and Dynamic Network of Links

Sándor Laczkó
Nov 20, 2020

In commemoration of the Czech National Day, Diplomacy&Trade – in cooperation with the Czech Embassy in Budapest – has recently presented a compilation on Czech-Hungarian relations with special emphasis on Czech beers. the section also included an interview with Ambassador Bial. “Czech-Hungarian relations are complex and intense, on political and various informal levels. When we […]

Hungarian Named into IMF Board of Directors

Oct 29, 2020

Dániel Palotai, who was Executive Director and Chief Economist at the National Bank of Hungary for over seven years until last month, will be on the Board of Directors of the International Monetary Fund from November 1. The Hungarian economist has been an advisor to the IMF since September this year. As the news site […]

Former U.S, President's Statue Unveiled in Budapest

Oct 27, 2020

This Friday, a statue in honor of George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States, was unveiled in Szabadság tér (Liberty Square) in Budapest on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fall of communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe. The statue pays tribute to President George H. W. Bush, […]

Council of the Central European Consular Corps

Oct 27, 2020

The Council of the Central European Consular Corps has introduced itself at the Institute of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Budapest. The event was opened by Márton Ugrósdy, Director of the Institute of Foreign Affairs and Trade, followed by Péter Cseresnyés, State Secretary of the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, Ms. Vesna Njikoš Pečkaj, Plenipotentiary […]

Back on Track: the V4 Polish Presidency

The pandemic and the process of overcoming its effects will be a significant focus of the Polish Presidency. It will permeate many areas and aspects regarding the decisions yet to be made. Hence the motto: ‘Back on track’. The main task imposed by the crisis is a return to the path of rapid and sustainable […]

British ambassador Paul Fox

New British Ambassador in Hungary

Oct 16, 2020

Paul Fox, the United Kingdom’s new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary has handed over his credentials to János Áder, President of the Republic of Hungary this Friday at Sándor Palace in the Buda Castle. Commenting on taking up his service in Hungary, Ambassador Fox said that "as Ambassador, I will do all I can in the […]

German Ambassador Johannes Haindl speaking at the Stefánia Palace

German Unity Day Commemoration in Budapest

Oct 3, 2020

A commemoration ceremony was held in the garden of the Stefánia Palace in Budapest this Saturday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of German reunification. The German national day celebration took place at the venue where – in the summer of 1990 –, following the first free elections in East Germany, the Ministers of Defense of […]

A Good Location for Swiss Business

Sándor Laczkó
Sep 30, 2020

Earlier this year, two Swiss companies announced that they had chosen Hungary to invest in: Sensirion is establishing its first European production site outside Switzerland in Debrecen, while Flisom chose Kecskemét for the location of its first plant of industrial capacity. As the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Switzerland in Budapest, István […]

Korean Miracle in Hungary

Sep 28, 2020

Last year, the Republic of Korea overtook Germany as the top source country of foreign direct investments in Hungary. The Korean Ambassador Kyoo Sik Choe explains to Diplomacy&Trade the reasons behind this development. He also talks about the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in his country and how much he appreciates the sympathy of Hungarians […]

U.S. Ambassador David Cornstein

U.S. Ambassador to Leave Budapest Post

Sep 15, 2020

The American ambassador to Hungary, David Cornstein has announced on the Embassy website that he "will be stepping down as U.S. Ambassador to Hungary on November 1." He writes that "it has been an honor and a privilege to serve the country that I love in a country that I have come to cherish, but […]

Ambassador David Nájera with the Mexican national flag

Mexican National Day in Budapest

Sándor Laczkó
Sep 12, 2020

The Mexican Embassy in Budapest held a commemorative ceremony on the occasion of the 210th anniversary of the start of the Mexican War of Independence. The celebration in the garden of the Embassy began with the ceremonial hoisting of the country's flag, which was followed by a minute of silence in the memory of Mexicans […]

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