Never Give Up

The first café in the city founded and run by people with special needs, its amazing staff make and serve a variety of drinks and meals, and also help to organize and execute programs in its District 8 location as well as other spaces throughout the country. 
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More Direct Flights to the United States

Following the launch of Polish Airline LOT’s new non-stop flight between Budapest and New York as well as Budapest and Chicago last week, American Airlines celebrated their own launch of a non-stop flight between Philadelphia and Budapest yesterday.  Chargé David J. Kostelancik was honored to join Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó, Polish Ambassador Jerzy Snopek, LOT ...
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Recruitment for 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit

U.S. EMBASSY HUNGARY ANNOUNCES RECRUITMENT FOR 2018 SELECTUSA INVESTMENT SUMMIT Embassy Led 12 Companies to 2017 Investment Event Seeking Business Opportunities in United States – April 16, 2018 – [BUDAPEST, HUNGARY] – Chargé d’Affaires David J Kostelancik today announced registration is open for Hungarian companies to participate in the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit (Investment Summit), June ...
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Visegrád 4SIGHT18 DV Day in Szolnok

Chargé David J. Kostelancik was honored to join Minister of Defense dr. István Simicskó, Administrative Government Commissioner Dr. Mária Kállai, Szolnok Mayor Ferenc Szalay, Commander of Special Operation Forces, Brigadier General Tamás Sándor and other dignitaries at the Hungarian Special Operations Forces (SOF)-hosted Visegrád 4SIGHT18 DV Day in Szolnok on March 29. Demonstrations included small ...
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New American Corner Opens in Szeged

Tonight, American Corner Szeged joins a family of American Spaces located in cities and small towns around the world – from Seoul to Subotica!  Hosting more than 16 million visits each year, American Spaces bring our country closer to the world, creating a place where we can interact with local citizens, share our history and ...
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Multi-faith Breakfast

Following the National Prayer Breakfast hosted by Members of Congress in Washington DC last week, the U.S. Embassy invited leaders of churches and religious communities in Hungary for a similar event. Chargé Kostelancik was honored to welcome these distinguished guests at a multi-faith breakfast today in his home. At this informal meeting Chargé Kostelancik and ...
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Diplomats Visit the Mangalica Festival

“Delicious!” “The black pudding is divine!” “I love the sausages!” – Some quotes from Chargé Kostelancik and other Embassy diplomats, who were glad to accept the invitation of Péter Tóth, Chairman of the Mangalica Breeders’ Association, to visit this year’s  Mangalica Fesztivál  on February 9. The Embassy delegation walked around the show, met with producers and retailers, ...
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Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Hungarian Emancipation Law

Chargé d’Affaires David Kostelancik joined leaders of the Hungarian Jewish community, Deputy State Secretary Csaba Latorcai, as well as Italian Cultural Attaché Gian Luca Borghese at the unveiling ceremony of the plaque commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Hungarian Emancipation Law.  Passed unanimously in November 1867, this law granted full citizen rights to Jewish Hungarians ...
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Charge Kostelancik Welcomes AmCham’s Regulatory Committee to a Fireside Chat

Charge d’Affaires David J. Kostelancik hosted our friends from the AmCham Regulatory Committee at his residence on January 26.  Among others topics important to these business leaders, they discussed the May 2018 implementation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and how it will impact businesses.
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Nicolle Rochelle Concert in Budapest

Remarks by the Chargé d’Affaires David Kostelancik at a Concert Featuring Nicolle Rochelle and the Hot Jazz Band Kassa Jazz Boat December 4, 2017   Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen!  Jó estét kívánok! This year, Szent Miklós has brought me my gift a day early – the chance to be here with all of you ...
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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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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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“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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Gala Opening of the Movie Borg/McEnroe

Chargé David J. Kostelancik was glad to join Swedish Ambassador Niclas Trouvé and distinguished guests for the gala opening of the movie Borg/McEnroe. Before the screening, the two mission heads recalled their memories of the competition between these two sports giants, and what tennis meant to people in Sweden and in the United States in ...
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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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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 ...
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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

You are members of a truly impressive society, joining an elite club of top achievers in the humanities, sciences, and the arts for the past 70 years.  Since the Fulbright program started in 1946, there have been more than 370,000 "Fulbrighters" from over 160 countries.
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Remarks at the opening of Alex Webb’s The Suffering of Light photographic exhibit

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. David J. Kostelancik 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 ...
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“Continued Attention” – U.S. Chargé d’Affaires on Hungary – Interview with Gabor Nagy of HVG

Interview with Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. David J. Kostelancik 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 ...
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Remarks at the Opening of the Exhibit “Children of War” with Photography by David “Chim” Seymour

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 times of the past century.
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