Security Message

U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations on December 15, 2017 December 13, 2017 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the following demonstrations are expected to take place in Budapest: Beginning at 6:00 p.m. on December 15, there will be a demonstration against the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as the ...
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International Anti-Corruption Day

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires David Kostelancik at Transparency International Hungary’s Conference on International Anti-Corruption Day December 8, 2017 – as delivered – Thank you Transparency International for inviting me to speak at this event.  Most importantly, thank you for your courageous dedication to the promotion of transparency, accountability, and good governance every day here in ...
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Security Message

U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations on December 8, 2017 December 8, 2017 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the following demonstrations are expected to take place in Budapest: Beginning at 4:00 p.m. on December 8, there will be a demonstration against the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as the ...
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Worldwide Caution

United States Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs December 7, 2017 As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against ...
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Chargé Kostelancik Visits Székesfehérvár

Chargé David J. Kostelancik had a great time visiting the wonderful city of Székesfehérvár on November 21, 2017. After graciously escorting Chargé Kostelancik around City Hall and the main square, Mayor András Cser-Palkovics spoke with Chargé Kostelancik about issues of importance to the city, including its future development and investment plans. Earlier in the day, ...
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Nancy Brinker Award

On November 20, 2017, Chargé d’Affaires David Kostelancik presented this year’s Nancy Brinker Award to an outstanding Hungarian breast cancer professional, psychologist Judit Désfalvi. The Award was established at the initiative of Nancy G. Brinker, former Ambassador to Hungary and President of the Susan G. Komen Foundation as well as of former Ambassador to Hungary Eleni Kounalakis seven years ...
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Universal Children’s Day at the U.S. Embassy, Budapest

In commemoration of Universal Children’s Day, and working with our friends at UNICEF , the Embassy welcomed students from two local schools: the Mozgásjavító Általános Iskola és Gimnázium and Apácsai Cere János Gyakorló Gimnázium.  We were delighted to share with these wonderful students information about what the Embassy and the people who work here do every ...
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First European-American Migration Health Platform Workshop

In our increasingly inter-connected world – a world in which we can move between cities, climates, continents more quickly and easily than ever in history – a dialogue about protecting an individual’s health must include discussion about protecting the health of our entire community -- whether that means neighbors in the house just down the ...
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Security Message

U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations on October 22-23, 2017 October 19, 2017   The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the following demonstrations are expected to take place in Budapest: Beginning at 2:00 p.m. on October 22, there will be a Torchlight March. The Budapest Police anticipates there will be ...
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“Freedom of the Press: Enduring Values in a Dynamic Media Environment”

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires David Kostelancik Hungarian Association of Journalists October 17, 2017 – as prepared – Thank you very much, and thank you President Hargitai for the kind introduction. I would like to thank MUOSZ for the invitation today, and for the organization’s long-standing commitment to the craft of journalism in Hungary. I would ...
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Remarks by Chargé Kostelancik at AmCham Conference

One of our top priorities at the U.S. Embassy is to increase trade and investment between the United States and Hungary, and I know that this is a priority for the Hungarian government as well.  We are committed to working with the Hungarian government on this, because we both know that investment and trade means ...
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Celebrating Central European Contributions to the American Revolution

Remarks as delivered by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. David Kostelancik at a Conference in honor of Tadeusz Kosciuszko Co-Hosted with the Polish Institute, the Polish Embassy and the Institute of Hungarian Military History September 27, 2017 State Secretary Vargha, Ambassador Snopek, Director Bajaczyk, Colonel Kovacs, Colonel Horvath, Professor Hermann, Distinguished Speakers and dear Guests, Jó napot kivánok!  Thank ...
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A Day in Debrecen

Chargé David J. Kostelancik had a wonderful time visiting Debrecen on September 18.  In an event-packed day – including meeting with Mayor László Papp, and visits to the Institute for Nuclear Research, the University of Debrecen, and the Debrecen Industrial Park, as well as discussions with many Embassy friends – Chargé Kostelancik had the opportunity ...
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Visiting the Coca Cola HBC Hungary’s Newest Warehouse Facility

Chargé David J. Kostelancik was delighted to join Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó and other distinguished guests for the opening ceremony and tour of Coca Cola HBC Hungary’s newest warehouse facility in Dunaharaszti on September 13.  At the ceremony, Coca Cola HBC Hungary General Manager Minas Agelidis opened the bottling and packaging facility, which is a ...
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McDaniel College Convocation Ceremony

"The United States is committed to supporting the ongoing free exchange of ideas, through programs like Fulbright and through international institutions like McDaniel College and others here in Budapest, inspiring academic achievement, bringing economic benefits, and contributing to the vibrant civil society of modern Hungary."
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Tourist Advisory for Hungary

Tourist Advisory for Hungary U.S. citizens planning to travel to Hungary should acquaint themselves with common tourist scams and areas with a high incidence of theft. Since we would like you to have an enjoyable trip to Hungary, this advisory has been issued in the hope that with advance warning, you can avoid potential theft ...
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Joint Press Release on the Occasion of the 22nd Budapest Pride Festival

The following joint press release is issued by the Embassies of Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Montenegro,  The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The United Kingdom, The United States, and the ...
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Independence Day Celebration

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. David J. Kostelancik at the Official Independence Day Celebration, U.S. Embassy in Hungary, July 3, 2017 – As Prepared for Delivery – Good afternoon and welcome, everyone.  Welcome, President Sulyok, Dr. Polt, Minister Pintér, Deputy Foreign Minister Szabó, distinguished guests, excellencies, and dear friends.  Happy Independence Day!  Thank you very ...
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AmCham Business Forum

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. David J. Kostelancik at the AmCham Business Forum with Deputy Foreign Minister László Szabó June 29, 2017, Kempinski Hotel Corvinus  (As prepared) Good afternoon, dear guests.  On behalf of the U.S. Government, I offer my sincere thanks to Farkas [Barsony, AmCham President] and to Irisz and her team at the American ...
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Women’s Networking Salon

On June 27, the Women’s Networking Salon and the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) teamed up again and welcomed U.S. Department of State Visiting Speaker Jessica Rannow , Project Manager at the global pharmaceutical company AmerisourceBergen and current President of the U.S. Society of Women Engineers. Jessica has pursued an impressive career as an engineer, and was ...
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Hungarian Islamic Community— Gul Baba award acceptance

On June 14, the Hungarian Islamic Community awarded their Gul Baba award to the U.S. Embassy for its many years of support.  Given annually to non-Muslim individuals who demonstrate outstanding support of Hungary’s Muslim community, this year for the first time the award was given to a non-Hungarian and to an institution, rather than an ...
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2017 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State Washington, DC, June 7, 2017 In recognition of LGBTI Month, the Department of State affirms its solidarity with the human rights defenders and civil society organizations working around the world to uphold the fundamental freedoms of LGBTI persons to live with dignity and freedom. We also recognize ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. David J. Kostelancik on Operation Load Diffuser Distinguished Visitor Day

Kecskemét Thank you, General Wolters and Lieutenant General Orosz, and all of the men and women in uniform here today working so hard to make this exercise a success. I am honored to be here representing the United States Government.  As an American, I am proud when I have the opportunity to see the United ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. David J. Kostelancik in Honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Hungarian-American Fulbright Commission

May 19, 2017 Fulbright Executive Director Karoly Jokay, Deputy State Secretary Pacsay-Tomassich, Esteemed Members of the Fulbright Board, The Tireless Fulbright Team, Hungarian and American Alumni of the Fulbright Program, Family and Friends of Fulbright, First of all, I’d like to wish the U.S.-Hungarian Binational Fulbright Commission a very happy 25th birthday!  Congratulations, Fulbright Hungary ...
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Statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo – May 24, 2017, Albany, NY

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced his readiness to enter into discussions with the Hungarian Government to continue the New York State-Government of Hungary relationship that enables the Central European University to operate in Budapest.   The Government of Hungary has recently adopted legislation that would force the closure of CEU. This legislation directly contradicts ...
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Government of Hungary’s Legislation Impacting Central European University – Press Statement, U.S. Department of State

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 23, 2017 The United States again urges the Government of Hungary to suspend implementation of its amended higher education law, which places discriminatory, onerous requirements on U.S.-accredited institutions in Hungary and threatens academic freedom and independence. The Government of Hungary should engage directly with affected institutions ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. David Kostelancik on the occasion of the McDaniel College, Budapest Campus 2017 Graduation Ceremony

May 19, 2017 Dean Frenyó, Faculty and Staff of McDaniel College, Family and friends of the College, And of course, today’s honored graduates, Jó napot kívánok!  Good afternoon everyone! Thank you very much for the invitation to join you on this very special day.  It’s both the culmination of all of your hard work over ...
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Press Statement after the Hungary-Serbia Border Visit by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Kostelancik

On May 11, 2017, U.S. Charge d’Affaires, a.i. to Hungary David Kostelancik and U.S. Ambassador to Serbia Kyle Scott paid a joint visit to the Hungary-Serbia border.  Joined by Hungarian Head of Open Asylum Processing Facilities Béla Székely and Serbian Minister of Labor Aleksandar Vulin, the two diplomats viewed the facilities housing and serving asylum ...
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Europe Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.  This Travel Alert expires on September 1, 2017. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability to ...
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GROW Camp – Girls Rock Our World

If you are a Hungarian high school girl interested in creating positive change while giving back to your community, please apply to the GROW 2017 Camp organized by the American Corner Debrecen! Sharpen your communication and leadership skills and build your confidence. Are you interested in international relations and do you speak English fluently? Don’t hesitate. Apply ...
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Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the United States to Budapest David Kostelancik issued the following statement:

The United States is disappointed by the accelerated passage of legislation targeting Central European University, despite the serious concerns raised by the United States, by hundreds of local and international organizations and institutions, and by thousands of Hungarians who value academic freedom and the many important contributions by Central European University to Hungary. The Central ...
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Remarks at the Opening Ceremony of the Gyula Germanus Islamic Cultural Center

Thank you to Mr. Bolek and the Hungarian Islamic Community for hosting this ceremony today, and for the honor of inviting me to participate in it with you.  Mr. Bolek, your Excellencies, distinguished guests, Assalamu alaykum [“Peace be with you” in Arabic; standard Muslim greeting worldwide]. I can’t tell you how pleased I was when ...
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Statement by Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the United States to Budapest David Kostelancik

The United States is very concerned about the legislation proposed by the Hungarian Government yesterday that would severely impact the operations of the Central European University in Budapest. The Central European University is accredited in the United States and Hungary, and it has employed and educated thousands of Hungarians.  It is a premier academic institution ...
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Changes to Filing I-130 Petition Overseas

Effective August 15, 2011, petitioners residing overseas will no longer be able to routinely file Forms I-130, Petitions for Alien Relative, with U.S. Embassies and Consulates except in locations where U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has a public counter presence within the Embassy or Consulate.  Petitioners residing overseas in countries where USCIS does not ...
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Remarks at the Opening of the New UPS Regional Logistics Center in Vecsés

March 6, 2017   State Secretary Magyar, Mayor Szlahó, Mr. Szűcs, Mr. Cesarone, Mr. Kearney, ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon.  I thank you for the invitation.  It is a great pleasure for me to attend the launch of another great American investment in Hungary. I have had the honor to attend several of these types ...
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Remarks at the opening of Alex Webb’s The Suffering of Light photographic exhibit

Műcsarnok, Budapest, February 28, 2017 – as prepared for delivery – Deputy Mayor Szalay-Bobrovniczky, Director Szegő, Director of the Budapest Photo Festival Mucsy, Curator for this exhibit and the Festival Ms. Szarka, and of course, our very special guest this evening, Mr. Alex Webb, Ladies and Gentlemen, Jó estét kívánok!  Good evening!  It is my ...
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“Continued Attention” – U.S. Chargé d’Affaires on Hungary – Interview with Gabor Nagy of HVG

Published in Hungarian on February 9, 2017   Interim Chargé d’Affaires David Kostelancik is leading the U.S. diplomatic mission to Budapest in cooperation with his Washington superiors until the new Ambassador arrives.  According to him, the U.S. pays attention to civil organizations and as he sees the current policy is that the anti-Moscow sanctions must ...
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Az EBESZ képviselője elítéli a sajtószabadság helyzetének és az újságírók biztonságának folyamatos romlását az ukrán kormány ellenőrzésén kívül eső területeken Bécs, 2017. január 24. Az EBESZ Állandó Tanácsa Különleges Ellenőrző Missziója főellenőrének legutóbbi jelentését követően Dunja Mijatovic sajtószabadságért felelős képviselő ma elítélte a sajtószabadság helyzetének és az újságírók biztonságának folyamatos romlását Ukrajna konfliktus sújtotta részein. ...
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A tűzszünet megsértése Kelet-Ukrajnában

Mark Toner megbízott szóvivő nyilatkozata | USA Külügyminisztériuma | Szóvivői Iroda | 2017. január 31. Az Egyesült Államok súlyos aggodalmát fejezi ki a Kelet-Ukrajnában, Avgyijivka-Jaszinuvata környékén a minap kirobbant erőszak miatt. Az EBESZ Különleges Megfigyelő Missziója (Special Monitoring Mission) január 28. óta küld jelentéseket a harcok drámai fokozódásáról, melyekben nehéztüzérség és a minszki egyezmény által ...
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Opening remarks on the occasion of the 5th Annual RETURN – U.S. Alumni in Hungary Conference

Pázmány Péter Catholic University Law Faculty, January 28, 2017  – as delivered –  Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen! Thank you, Rector Szuromi for your welcome remarks and inspiring thoughts to start this year’s RETURN conference.  I would also like to thank the RETURN Steering Committee for their kind invitation, and their continuous efforts of organizing ...
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Opening remarks at the Closing Session of the Lean Workshop for Entrepreneurs

PREZI House of Ideas, January 26, 2017 Good evening, Ladies and Gentlemen!  First of all, I would like to say thank you to the organizers, Mr. Sanborn, the Messzelátó Association, and all the team members, mentors, speakers, and participants for your kind invitation to the closing session of the Lean Workshop for Entrepreneurs. What sets ...
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Messages for U.S. Citizens

Filing an I-130 Petition Overseas Except under exceptional circumstances, petitioners residing overseas in countries where USCIS does not have a public counter presence (such as Hungary) are required to file their Forms I-130 by mail with the USCIS Chicago lockbox.  (More information about Filing I-130 Petitions can be found on our Immigrant Visa web page.) The Internal ...
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Remarks at the Opening Concert of the 4th Hungarian Conference on Disability Studies

Jó estét kivánok mindenkinek!  Good evening, everyone! It is my great honor to join you tonight at this concert to celebrate tomorrow’s start of the 4th Hungarian Conference on Disabilities Studies.  I would especially like to thank the organizers, Ms. Rita Hoffman and Ms. Maria Flamich.  I attended a concert with them in May 2015 ...
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Remarks at a Jazz Concert in Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Revolution

Orfeum Jazz Club, Budapest, October 27, 2016 – as prepared – Jó estét kivánok!; Welcome to what I’m sure is going to be a truly wonderful evening, full of good friends and good music!  I’m so glad that we can gather here in this beautiful jazz club this evening.  As they say in Hungary, “Sok ...
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Remarks at the Hungarian-Missouri Educational Partnership 10th Anniversary Reception

Good evening, Ladies and Gentlemen, and thank you, Mr. Adorjan, for the kind introduction!  I would like to welcome you all to the Chief of Mission Residence of the U.S. Embassy in Budapest.  It is an honor for me to host the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Hungarian-Missouri Educational Partnership.  As some of you may ...
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Hungary Media Freedom – Press Statement, U.S. Department of State

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 20, 2016 The United States shares the concerns of global press freedom advocates, international organizations, and Hungarian citizens, over the steady decline of media freedom in Hungary. We are following closely the reported ban of an independent website from the parliament building on October ...
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Remarks on the occasion of an Unveiling of Statues of Hannah Arendt and Zbigniew Herbert

– as delivered – Jó napot kívánok! Mayor Hajdu, State Secretary Balogh, Member of Parliament, Mr. Tamás László, Deputy Mayor Alexandra Szalay-Bobrovniczky, Attaché Walpuski, Chargé Andrukonis, Mr. Bezerédi, Members of the Szilas Folk Dance Group, Ladies and Gentleman, It is a great pleasure to join you today for the unveiling of statues of two great ...
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Remarks at the Opening of the Exhibit “Children of War” with Photography by David “Chim” Seymour

Director Dorka Kaposi, Professor Gábor Máté, Ms. Carole Naggar, Ladies and Gentleman, Jó estét! It is my great pleasure to join you tonight for the opening of this incredible exhibition of works by David “Chim” Seymour, who in his brief 45 years was an eye witness to some of the most historic moments and turbulent ...
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Remarks at the Opening of an Exhibit of Associated Press Photographs in Commemoration of the 1956 Revolution in Hungary

– as prepared for delivery – Director Orsolya Kőrösi, Distinguished Representatives of the Hungarian government, Mr. László Kondor, a special guest today, Ladies and Gentlemen, Jó nápot kivánok!  Good afternoon! It is my great pleasure to be with you today and to welcome you to the opening of this exhibit entitled, “…And Yet I’m Here,” ...
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Demonstration Notices

U.S. citizens are advised to be aware of the following demonstrations expected to take place in Hungary. Unless otherwise noted, all demonstrations will occur in Budapest. Date Event Details Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Organizer: Government Time: 09:00 – 10:30 Where:  Kossuth tér, district 5 (Parliament) Number of expected participants: not available   After the event ...
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Opening remarks at the Final Teachers’ Workshop of the Visual World Foundation’s “Your Decision..” project

Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen!  First of all, I would like to say thank you to Ms. Kozák for the kind invitation to the Final Teachers’ Workshop of “Your Decision.Training Bystanders to Become Upstanders” – this important anti-discrimination pilot project in Hungary, born from international cooperation and the contributions of all the teachers and students who participated.  ...
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Remarks at the ribbon cutting ceremony at Alcoa Plant

Deputy Minister Szabo, Mayor Cser-Palkovics, Mr. Esik, Mr. Myers, other distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Jó napot kívánok! It is a great pleasure for me to attend this ceremony, which marks yet another expansion of Alcoa’s extremely successful wheel production facility here in Szekesfehervar.  As some of you may know and remember, I came here ...
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Remarks on the occasion of the 3rd Annual Budapest 48 Hour Film Project Screening and Awards Ceremony

Jó estét kivánok!  Good evening! Thank you very much for inviting me to join you here this evening.  Many congratulations to Jutka Bari, Richard Shut, and everyone involved in organizing the 3rd annual Budapest 48 Hour Film Project and the professional workshops leading up to it.  And many thanks to the jury members for their ...
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Remarks at the 110th Anniversary of the Erecting of the George Washington Statute

Jó estét kivanok és köszönöm szépen!  Reverend Szűcs, thank you so much for inviting me to speak here on this wonderful occasion.  Mayor Karácsony, honored guests, ladies and gentlemen, thank you all for coming today to mark the 110th anniversary of the placing of this statue of George Washington in Városliget by Hungarian Americans.  Their ...
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Remarks at the 9/11 Commemoration

Minister Pintér, Chief Advisor Bakondi, Deputy Chief of National Police, Major General János Balogh, Disaster Management Director General Dr. Tibor Tollár, Ambulance Services Director General Gábor Máté, Fifth District Fire Fighter Commander Captain Gábor Jurás-Pálinkás, Fifth District Police Commander, Colonel Iván Berár and our honored guest, retired New York City Fire Chief Dan Daly, welcome. ...
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Opening remarks at “Give Life a Chance through Cancer Immunotherapy” Cancer Prevention and Awareness-Raising Program

– as prepared for delivery – Conference Chairs Dr. Kotlán and Professor Liszkay, Professor Butterfield, Professor Gödény, Representatives of the Hungarian Fulbright Commission and members of the U.S. alumni community, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen: Good morning!  First of all, I would like to say thank you to Dr. Kotlán for the kind invitation to ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at the UN High-Level Forum on Antisemitism

As Delivered – Thank you all. Thank you so much for coming. And let me first thank our co-hosts – Canada, Israel, and the European Union – and let me welcome all of you who have come today from governments, the UN, academia, the high-tech sector, and civil society. I also saw a number of ...
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Remarks for Transparency International Sziget Festival Press Conference

Thank you very much, Jó napot kívánok, it’s great to be here with Jozsef and Transparency International. I am delighted to participate in and contribute to this event.  Thank you for your courageous persistence and dedication to the promotion of transparency, accountability, and good governance every day here in Hungary. Fighting corruption is notoriously difficult, ...
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Remarks at the Raoul Wallenberg Birthday Commemoration

Distinguished guests, Mayor Toth, State Secretary Ijgyarto, Deputy Speaker Jakab, esteemed diplomatic colleagues, and all our friends, including those from Hungary’s Jewish communities, welcome, and thank you for joining me this afternoon to commemorate the life and work of Raoul Wallenberg.  And to Jozsef Sebes and the organizers of this event from the Raoul Wallenberg Association, ...
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Press Statement after the Hungary-Serbia Border Visit by Ambassador Bell

Along with my colleague, U.S. Ambassador to Serbia Kyle Scott, I visited the Hungary-Serbia border today.   We are grateful to both the Government of Hungary and the Government of Serbia for their support of our visit, which gave us insight into the tremendous difficulties countries along migration routes face as they work to coordinate actions ...
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Remarks at Papa Air Base

Thank you, Minister Simicskó, General Orosz, General Wade, General Mihoczák, Colonel Szűcs, men and women of Papa Air Base and the Colorado Air National Guard. It is an honor and a pleasure to be here with all of you, especially to witness the enduring cooperation between the Hungarian Defense Forces and the United States Air Force.  ...
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Remarks at the Independence Day Celebration

– as prepared – Good afternoon and welcome, everyone.  It is a tremendous honor for me to host you in this celebration of America’s 240th anniversary of our independence.  Welcome, Minister Pinter, President Darak, and Prosecutor Polt, Justice Stumpf.  Thank you State Secretary Vargha for coming and I look forward to your remarks.  Welcome, distinguished ...
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Joint Press Release on the Occasion of the 21st Budapest Pride Festival

The following joint press release is issued by the Embassies of Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, New Zealand, The United Kingdom, The United States, and the British Council. On the occasion ...
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Remarks at the Graduation Ceremony of the ILEA Budapest Law Enforcement Leadership Development Session 103

Thank you, Lieutenant Colonel Gősi, for your kind introduction. Minister Pintér, Ambassadors, Colonel Farkas, Director Terpinas, honored guests, and most of all, ILEA Session 103 Graduates, I am so pleased to be here to celebrate your accomplishments. From the perspective of the United States Government, and specifically from the U.S. State Department, I can’t emphasize enough ...
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There are no second-class citizens in NATO – Remarks at the “30 Days Ahead of Warsaw” Conference

Thank you very much, Director-General Schoberl, Ambassador Kowalski, Ambassador Lindsay, Ambassador Kacer, fellow diplomats, distinguished guests and friends assembled here. It is a pleasure to speak to you at this conference. Thank you to the Polish Embassy and to IFAT for putting on this important event.  I am especially pleased that I can speak to ...
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Remarks at the Women Startup Competition

Good evening and welcome to the Women Start-Up Competition.  I would like to thank the organizers of this event, GF Social Media, for inviting me to participate.  I am delighted to sit with such a distinguished group of jurors from the technology and investment communities.  I am sure we will learn here tonight about innovative ...
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Democracy and Human Rights: Shared Challenges and Opportunities – Remarks by Sarah Sewall

– as prepared for delivery – Hello everyone, jó napot kívánok! Let me begin by thanking the Hungarian Journalists’ Association for inviting me to speak with you all today. For 120 years, you have stood for a free and vibrant press, helping generations of Hungarians stay informed and engaged in the debates shaping their future. ...
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Remarks at the 11th Biennial Conference of the Hungarian Association for American Studies (HAAS)

Professor Bodis, Mr. Giran, Ms. Bartos, Ambassador Helfand, Professor Fischer, Dr. Taróssy, Dr. Brückner, Ladies and Gentlemen, Jó napot!  Good morning!   I am delighted to be here with you today to celebrate this special occasion — the 11th Biennial Conference of the Hungarian Association for American Studies in association with the Hungarian Association for Ibero-American ...
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Remarks at the Meeting with Secondary School Students and Teachers at the Lavender Visitor Center in Tihany

Good Morning!  I am very pleased to have the opportunity to visit Balaton-felvidéki National Park to help celebrate Earth Day this week. I would like to thank Director Puskás, and his colleagues at the National Park Directorate for welcoming us and organizing a great visit for me and the U.S. delegation.  We are excited to ...
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Remarks at the Public Education Roundtable in honor of International Roma Day

State Secretary Laszlo Palkovics, esteemed members of the panel, ladies and gentleman, Good afternoon! It is my great pleasure to join you here to observe International Roma Day.  Since 1990, this day has been set aside as an opportunity to celebrate Romani culture and raise awareness of the issues and daily challenges facing the largest ...
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Hungarian Islamic Community 100th Anniversary of State Recognition – Remarks at the Commemoration

Thank you to Mr. Bolek and the Hungarian Islamic Community for hosting today’s celebration.  Mr. Bolek, distinguished guests, Assalamu alaykum  [“Peace be with you” in Arabic; standard Muslim greeting worldwide]. We celebrate today a century of Islam’s legal recognized existence in Hungary, though the actual existence of Islam in the territory of Hungary dates back ...
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Multiculturalism and the Culture of Tolerance in the United States – Remarks on the Occasion of America Day at Táncsics Mihály High School

Mayor Péter Fenyves, Member of Parliament Gábor Törő, Ambassador András Dékány of the Ministry of Human Capacities, Principal Krisztina Birkás, Teachers and Staff, Students, Jó napot kívánok!  Good morning!   Thank you very much for the invitation to join you today and for the very warm welcome to Mór! Since 2008, the Ministry of Human Capacities ...
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Remarks on the Occasion of the Signing Ceremony of an Agreement between Marymount University (VA) and the National University of Public Service

Minister Pintér, Rector Pátyi, President Shank, Ambassador Szemerkényi, Ladies and Gentlemen, Good morning!  Jó reggelt kívánok!  Thank you very much for the invitation to join you today and participate in this morning’s ceremony!  I am honored to witness the signing of the memorandum of understanding between Marymount University and the National University of Public Service.  ...
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Mandiner.hu interview with Ambassador Daniel Baer, U.S Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

If I am not mistaken you are good friends with Chelsea Clinton. That’s right, but this is not professional qualification. Who knows, it might come handy in professional issues too … if , say, her mother Hillary wins the presidential election, will you be the Secretary of State? I would be the most surprised person ...
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Focus On Ukraine

As part of the Focus On Ukraine event series, the Embassies of Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States organized a screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom”, which tells the story of the Maidan movement. Ukrainian Charge Yunger, UK Deputy Ambassador Jones and Ambassador Bell provided introductory remarks.  Photos on Facebook » ...
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Professional Development Fellowship Program for Roma Applicants – September 15 – November 15, 2016

The Embassy of the United States of America in Budapest is pleased to announce this year’s Professional Development Fellowship Program for exceptional university students and recent graduates from the Roma community.   The program offers participants general professional training and intensive English language instruction in order to develop skills that are essential for tomorrow’s leaders in ...
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“The only pressure that came to bear was the pressure of moral persuasion” – Interview with Ambassador Colleen Bell in Hungarian weekly HVG

If we speak the language of your original profession, that is, being a producer, how would you summarize the first season of your time as Ambassador for those who will also be following the second season? Every good television series has exciting and quiet parts, tense and peaceful moments. I’ve had all those in my first ...
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Remarks at Interfaith Breakfast

I would like to welcome each of you equally as guests, faith leaders, and friends, to my home. As you may know, there is a tradition in the United States of the President meeting with religious leaders on the first Thursday of every February.  This has happened every year since 1953.  It is such an ...
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Tributes from Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Senator Edward J. Markey on the Occasion of the Naming of Tom Lantos Street in Budapest

Office of the Vice President of the United States of America Dear Friends, I wish that I could be there with you today to honor my dear friend Tom Lantos.  For all the years he lived in the United States and served in our Congress, Tom never forgot his Hungarian roots.  He told me many ...
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Remarks at the Naming of Tom Lantos sétány

Distinguished guests, Mayor Borbely , Deputy State Secretaries Langerne and Latorcai, esteemed diplomatic colleagues, and friends, welcome, and thank you for joining me this afternoon to pay tribute to the victims and the legacy of the Parrajmos.  And to Istvan Makai and the Roma Civic Association, thank you for inviting me to participate in this ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security in Europe

The U.S. Embassy in Budapest reminds U.S. citizens that U.S. and European authorities continue to warn of possible terrorist attacks in Europe, citing repeated threats by terror groups.  As we approach the end of 2015, the U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of our Worldwide Travel Alert that urges travelers to exercise particular caution during the holiday season and ...
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“Balint Homan’s Anti-Semitism” by DRL DAS Rob Berschinski

Good morning, and thank you for coming to this important event about Balint Homan’s historical legacy. I’d like to thank Political Capital, and in particular Peter Kreko, for hosting and organizing this seminar. And I am grateful for the presence of Ambassador Bell, other ambassadors and representatives of the diplomatic community, and those who are ...
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Corruption Harms Us All: Here’s What We Can Do About It – Op-ed by the U.S. Department of State’s Luis E. Arreaga

By the U.S. Department of State’s Luis E. Arreaga, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs As many who read this are no doubt aware, business leaders often confront difficult and seemingly impossible challenges not only to thrive, but just to survive.  As a diplomat, many have told me that ending ...
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Remarks at Papa Air Base

Thank you, Mr. Siklosi, General Orosz, General Vollmecke, General Safar, and Colonel Gangler, and men and women of Papa Air Base and the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron. I’m honored to be here at Papa today to celebrate the growing cooperation between NATO Allies.  Even before 1999, when Hungary and the U.S. became Allies, our two ...
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Act Today for a More Secure Tomorrow! Op-ed by Ambassador Colleen Bell published in Hungarian daily Magyar Idők

From rising seas across the globe and the melting of Greenland’s sheet ice to the bleaching of coral reefs around many coasts, the signs of climate change are all around us.  As a global society, we are at a critical juncture where our decisions today will help shape the climate our children and children’s children ...
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U.S. Statement on Hungarian Chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)

Delivered by Nicholas Dean, U.S. Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Statement at the IHRA Plenary meeting on 5 November 2015 We congratulate and commend Hungary and in particular State Secretary Szabolcs Takács for the Chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) during 2015. We applaud the large number of initiatives introduced by Hungary prior ...
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“We Will Build a Stronger Bridge” – Remarks at Corvinus University

Thank you very much Vice Rector Görög for the kind introduction and to Corvinus University, the organizer and host of this event.  And to my diplomatic corps colleagues; representatives of the Government of Hungary; Corvinus administrators, academics, and students; business leaders; friends from the American Corner; ladies and gentlemen, thank you all for coming.  I ...
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Remarks at Brave Warrior “Distinguished Visitor” Day

This exercise is a great example of multilateral cooperation that ensures our nations’ militaries are better able to operate together as NATO Allies.  Interoperability is vital to our success.   Our militaries have been learning, training, and fighting together as NATO allies for more than 15 years.  The NATO alliance is an enduring commitment – not ...
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Remarks to Introduce U.S. Department of State Speaker Scott Jenkins at the Hungarian Association of Women Judges

Jó napot kivánok/Good afternoon. To start, I want to thank the Hungarian Association of Women Judges for hosting this event today and providing a forum for today’s presentation by the visiting speaker for the U.S. Department of State, Lieutenant Scott Jenkins, a retired U.S. police officer and expert in the prevention and prosecution of domestic ...
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Art in Embassies

Ambassador Bell opened the Budapest 2015 Art in Embassies collection at the Ambassador’s Residence on October 16. Watch the video to learn more about the program and glimpse the modern American art!
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Remarks on “Transatlantic Thought” – Hungarian Atlantic Council

(as prepared) Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.  Rector Patyi, Professor Vizi, Minister Simicsko, dear colleagues, students and friends.  It is my great pleasure to be here with you today, and to address this conference on the significance of “transatlantic thought”. It is also a great pleasure to share this panel with Minister Simicsko, and, through ...
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Remarks at Cziffra Cultural Center

Good afternoon, It was a great pleasure to experience this wonderful program by the Rolling Chairs dance troupe.  Many thanks to Ms. Rita Sárai and the entire company for such a beautiful performance!  I am so glad that so many honored guests could join us today for this presentation, including Mr. Pál Szekeres, Mayor Ferenc ...
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Interview with Hungarian news portal Origo

When you accepted President Obama’s nomination as United States ambassador to Hungary, were you expecting to land in such a turbulent scene? When I received the call from the White House that I had been nominated to serve as U.S. ambassador, I was extremely excited by the opportunity. I had travelled to Hungary before, and ...
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Remarks at American Chamber of Commerce “Practical Compliance” Conference

Thank you Dr. Nemescsói, for your kind introduction, and thank you Ferenc for the invitation to speak at this event.  I am also delighted to share the stage with Minister of Justice Trócsányi.  Minister Trócsányi, panelists, and American Chamber of Commerce members, good morning.  AmCham’s efforts have been an essential component to the growth of ...
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Remarks for the Inaugural Forestry Crime and Illegal Logging Course

Ladies and Gentlemen, On behalf of the United States Government, I am very pleased to welcome you to the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest.  The mission of ILEA is to support the region’s emerging democracies through international cooperation to combat crime and to promote social, political and economic stability. To achieve these goals, ILEA ...
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Remarks at the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Press Conference Sponsored by the Ministry of Interior

Jó napot kívánok!  Thank you very much, Deputy State Secretary Krisztina Berta, for your kind invitation to join this event.  I would also like to thank the media representatives for attending today.  Your reporting greatly helps us raise public awareness.  And raising awareness – as Ms. Berta already made clear – is critical in preventing ...
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Remarks at the Graduation Ceremony of the ILEA Budapest

Law Enforcement Leadership Development Session 100 Thank you, Lieutenant Colonel Gősi, for your kind introduction. Minister Pintér, Ambassador Brownfield, Ambassador Esmerov, Ambassador Benisheva, Colonel Farkas,  Mr. Barnett, Director Terpinas, honored guests, and most of all, ILEA Session 100 Graduates, I am so pleased to be here to celebrate your accomplishments. From the perspective of the ...
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Joint Press Release on the Occasion of the 20th Budapest Pride Festival

The following joint press release is issued by the Embassies of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, New Zealand, The United Kingdom and The United States On the occasion of the 20th Budapest Pride Festival, we convey our ...
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Remarks at the Opening Ceremony of the Exhibition “Capa in Color”

– as delivered – Good morning.  I am delighted to be here at this new and modern Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center . I would like to very much thank Orsolya Kőrösi for her kind invitation this morning. I would also like to acknowledge distinguished guests – Dr. Péter Hoppál, Ms. Cynthia Young and Mr. Robert Pledge. I would also ...
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Remarks at the opening of the General Assembly of the European Federation for Intercultural Learning

Good morning, everyone.  I’m so delighted to be here, and thank you, Mr. Csaba (Chairman of the Board of AFS Hungary), for your kind invitation.  Let me first congratulate all of you on the centennial anniversary of your organization, American Field Service , and on the 25th anniversary of your chapter in Hungary.  You have a history to ...
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Remarks at the Visit to Hungarian Special Forces in Szolnok

The development of the Hungarian Special Forces has been remarkable. Hungary started with no Special Forces in 2005, and by 2013 was able to provide command and control for special operations from 5 different nations – including the U.S. – who were conducting important operations across 4 regions within Afghanistan. Hungarian Special Forces have served ...
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Remarks before the Concert in Support of Equal Opportunity for People with Disabilities

Good evening, everyone.  I am very pleased to be here with you tonight for a very special concert and I would like to thank the organizers – Harmony Foundation and the Fulbright Commission and, personally, Rita Hoffmann and Maria Flamich for inviting us to be a part of it.  What you are about to hear touches on ...
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Remarks at the English for Journalists Course at American Corner Budapest

I want to begin by thanking Erika Sólyom, our capable coordinator here at the American Corner Budapest , as well as Corvinus University, for agreeing to host today’s meeting. Thanks also to Timea Tiboldi, for spending much of the past nine months helping to develop this course, and for now facilitating your class over the next 10 weeks. ...
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U.S. Embassy Congratulates for Child Pornography Bust

The U.S. Embassy in Hungary congratulates the Hungarian National Police and U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement for their successful work together on an investigation resulting in the arrest of two Hungarian citizens on suspicion of engaging in child pornography activities. In 2014, U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is a branch of the U.S. ...
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Remarks on the Occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Survivors of Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp (Friday, April 13, 1945)

Good afternoon, everyone. It is a great honor for me to participate in this moving reunion with you and your families – and to celebrate with the American liberators who set you free!  I am so proud of our American soldiers!  True heroes! I have read a great deal about the events of Friday, the ...
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Empowering Girls in Technology: the Story of HAESF Alumna Szilvia Koleszár

While having worked for LogMeIn as a Talent Acquisition Manager, Szilvi participated in the Senior Leaders and Scholars Fellowship of the Hungarian-American Enterprise Scholarship Fund (HAESF) in 2014. Her original research focused on how US tech startups scale their business from a HR perspective, how they manage talent acquisition and employer branding. Not long into ...
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Women Leaders Event

On March 12, Ambassador Bell gave the keynote speech at a Women in Leadership event sponsored by Citibank, and she participated in a Question and Answer session with Hungarian women corporate leaders.
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Remarks Before the Concert by Nicole Taylor and Daniel Ernst at the House of Hungarian Heritage

Good evening!  I am so pleased to be here tonight and to welcome our distinguished guests – Nicole Taylor and Daniel Ernst.  Ms. Taylor has established herself in the United States and internationally as an artist of extraordinary talent, with an extensive repertoire covering a vast variety of styles and genres.   Her accompanist, Mr. Ernst, ...
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IVLP alumna Agnes Lux , Advocacy Director of the UNICEF National Committee in Hungary

Congratulations to our IVLP alumna Agnes Lux who was appointed the Advocacy Director of the UNICEF National Committee in Hungary as of November 1st 2014. Agnes participated in the U.S. Government-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program in 2014 with the focus on “Children in the U.S. judicial system” – an experience she found most rewarding and ...
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Remarks to the American Chamber of Commerce Business Forum

Madam Ambassador, Minister Martonyi, Mr. Pongrácz, Ms. Lippai-Nagy, Mr. Benkő, ladies and gentlemen.  Good Afternoon. It is a great pleasure for me to attend this, my first AmCham Hungary event, made even more pleasant by the participation of my friend, Ambassador Szemerkényi.  I understand it is quite rare to have both the U.S. Ambassador to Hungary and ...
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Ambassador Bell and Minister Balog Sign Agreement to Eliminate Dual Taxation

Ambassador Colleen Bell and Hungarian Minister for Human Resources Zoltán Balog signed an agreement today to eliminate dual taxation of U.S. and Hungarian citizens as a result of the payment of social security taxes to both countries based on the same earnings.  The agreement promotes equity and fairness for workers who divide their careers between ...
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Remarks at Totalization Signing Ceremony

Good afternoon.  Thank you, Minister Balog, for your kind welcome and hospitality today.  It is my pleasure to be here – in such a beautiful setting – to sign this bilateral agreement to harmonize our social security systems.   In addition, I would like to thank the members of the Hungarian government who worked so hard ...
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U.S. Department of State Signs Grant Agreement with CEU to Support Hungarian Sustainable University Network

In line with CEU’s strategic sustainability goals, the U.S. Department of State’s Regional Environmental, Science & Technology, and Health (ESTH) Hub for Central and Eastern Europe has partnered with the University to provide a $30,000 grant to support a Sustainable University Network (SUN) of student environmental groups in Hungary.  The Sustainable University Network will promote ...
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Introduction Remarks for Embassy Science Fellow Dr. Andrew Gillespie (from EPA) at Central European University (CEU)

Thank you, President Shattuck for your warm welcome and for your kind introduction.  It is a pleasure to be here today at CEU, an institution at the heart of important research, teaching, and learning in Central Europe. The Embassy is proud to partner with CEU not just to organize this lecture, but also to support ...
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Remarks at the Opening of the Alcoa Production Line

Minister Szijjártó, Dr. Forgó, Mr. Randall, Mayor Cser-Palkovics, distinguished guests. It is a real pleasure for me to be here to inaugurate the expansion of the Hungarian facility of one of America’s most storied companies: Alcoa.  It’s astounding to think that this company has been producing high-quality aluminum and light metal products for 125 years!  ...
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Remarks at the Swearing-In Ceremony

Thank you, Under Secretary Kennedy, for presiding today, for your support and for your kind words.  I appreciate your taking the time to be here with my family, friends and colleagues. It’s obvious why you command such respect in this building and around the world, from both Foreign Service Officers like yourself and political appointees ...
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Building an Innovation Ecosystem

Op-ed by Raffi Balian, Regional Environmental, Science & Technology, and Health Attaché for Central and Eastern Europe, U.S. Department of State Published in Hungarian in Figyelő economic weekly magazine Thursday, October 30, 2014 As the regional attaché for environmental, science, technology, innovation, and health issues for the United States in Central and Eastern Europe, I ...
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