Information on Entering Hungary and the U.S.

COVID-19 Information (updated daily) Entry and Exit Requirements: Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes, under certain circumstances. Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No. Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes. As of July 15, 2020, the Government of Hungary introduces entry restrictions.  Countries are classified …

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Ambassador Cornstein’s Remarks at the Commemoration of the Placement of the Statue of George H.W. Bush

Szabadság tér, Budapest Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Thank you, Mister Prime Minister. Thank you, Ministers, dignitaries, excellencies, ladies and gentlemen for being here today. It’s an honor to be here with you all today on this historic occasion. Mister Prime Minister, it may feel familiar for you to be on this square to inaugurate a …

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President George H.W. Bush Statue in Liberty Square

On October 27, 2020, the Government of Hungary and the U.S. Embassy in Budapest unveiled the statue in honor of George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States, in Liberty Square in Budapest on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe. Hungary to Erect Statue of George H.W. Bush in Liberty Square Ambassador Cornstein’s Remarks at the Commemoration of the Placement of the Statue of George H.W. Bush Prime Minister Orban’s Remarks at the Statue Unveiling Ceremony   …

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Director of Policy Planning visits Hungary

Dr. Peter Berkowitz, Director of the Policy Planning Staff in the Office of the Secretary of the Department of State, visited Hungary to discuss the recent report  of the  Commission on Unalienable Rights and how its principles inform initiatives such as the International Religious Freedom Alliance, of which Hungary is one of the founding members. During his visit, Dr. Berkowitz participated …

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Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technician (October 7)

Duties: The incumbent reports directly to the Building Engineer Supervisor. The position holder is employed as a Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technician to accomplish skilled maintenance and repair work at the journeyman HVAC Technician level, to International Building Code (IBC) standards, throughout all facilities on the New Embassy Compound (NEC) to include office …

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Building Automation Systems (BAS) Engineering Technician (October 7)

Duties: The Building Automated Systems Engineering Technician (BASET) will report directly to the Senior/Deputy Facility Manager and be responsible for the operation and maintenance, which may include a Reliability Centered Maintenance program (RCM), of computer and microprocessor-controlled systems located throughout the New Embassy Compound/New Consulate Compound (NEC/NCC). Requirements: EXPERIENCE: Minimum of five (5) years field …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary (September 27, 2020)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary (September 27, 2020) Event: On Sunday, September 27th, 2020, there is a planned march and demonstration to express support for teachers, students and the leadership who recently resigned from the University of Theatre and Motion Picture Arts. Hungarian Police will be present at the event to monitor the security …

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U.S. Citizens Voting Assistance

The  Federal Voting Assistance Program  and the Department of State’s page on  Absentee Voting Information  are the most up-to-date voting information resources for Americans living abroad. Please visit these websites to learn about deadlines and procedures for registering and voting. Overseas U.S. citizens usually need to register every year, which means mailing in your Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) so that you’re …

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9/11 Memorial Blood Drive

On the National Day of Service and Remembrance, Embassy colleagues and supporters, including offices of the NATO Force Integration Unit, joined our Civil Affairs Military team in giving blood at the 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive. We are immensely thankful to the National Blood Supply Service and the Hungarian Red Cross for making the donation possible …

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A message from Ambassador Cornstein

September 15, 2020 It was with a deep sense of pride, as well as some sadness, that I informed President Trump and Foreign Minister Szijjarto that I will be stepping down as U.S. Ambassador to Hungary on November 1. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the country that I love in …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary (September 11, 2020)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary (September 11, 2020) Event: On Friday, September 11th, 2020, in Szabadsag ter (Freedom Square), there is a planned demonstration against current COVID-19 restrictions in Hungary. Date/Time: September 11th (Friday) – 3:30pm – 9:00 pm Location: Between the Soviet War Memorial and Hutte Café in Szabadsag ter. Organizer: Private …

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Hungary to Erect Statue of George H.W. Bush in Liberty Square

September 6, 2020 The Government of Hungary and the U.S. Embassy in Budapest announce that a statue will be erected in honor of George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States, in Liberty Square in Budapest on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of communist rule in Central and …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary (August 29, 2020)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary (August 29, 2020) Event(s): On Saturday, August 29th, 2020, there is a planned demonstration against the Budapest Pride March and the LGBTI community by the 64 County Youth Movement. Date/Time: August 29 (Saturday) – 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm Location/Route: VI., Nagymező utca, in between Andrássy út and Király …

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Joint Statement on the Occasion of the 25th Budapest Pride Festival 

August 17, 2020  On the occasion of the 25th Budapest Pride Festival, we, the undersigned embassies and cultural institutes, express our strong support for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community and their rights to equality, peaceful expression and assembly, and freedom from discrimination. We note the important advocacy of LGBTI …

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U.S. Ambassador Cornstein Hails Hungary’s Billion Dollar Air Defense Purchase

August 12, 2020 U.S. Ambassador David Cornstein today joined Minister of Defense Tibor Benkő in announcing Hungary’s declaration of intent to conclude its largest-ever defense procurement from the United States, an action which will overhaul and modernize Hungary’s air defense capabilities and allow it to transition away from its current legacy Soviet system.  This purchase …

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Deputy Chief of Mission Marc Dillard visits Debrecen

Deputy Chief of Mission Marc Dillard visited Debrecen July 20-21.  An important cultural center, and lovely city, Debrecen has many U.S. connections.  While there, DCM Dillard met with Mayor Papp, visited National Instruments, spoke with the University of Debrecen’s Clinical Center, and visited the American Corner at the Meliusz Peter County Library.  He was interviewed by Debrecen …

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Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights

On July 16, 2020, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo released the Draft Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights. Draft Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights (PDF, 28MB) Unalienable Rights and the Securing of Freedom – Secretary Pompeo’s speech at the release of the Draft Report.

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary, July 10, 2020

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary, July 10, 2020 Location: Hungary The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory  advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. International commercial flight options currently exist in Hungary. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary (July 3, 2020)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary (July 3, 2020) Location: Szabadsag Square, V. District, Budapest, Hungary Event: On July 3rd, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, a demonstration against the annexation of the Palestinian West Bank will take place in Szabadság tér (Square). Actions to Take: · Monitor local media for updates. · …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary June 26, 2020

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary June 26, 2020 Location: Hungary The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory  advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. International commercial flight options currently exist in Hungary. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary (June 20, 2020) Location: Szabadsag Square, V. District, Budapest, Hungary Event: On Saturday, June 20th, from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, a “demonstration against racism in Hungary” will take place in Szabadság tér (Square), Budapest, Hungary. Actions to Take: Monitor local media for updates. Be aware of your …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary June 19, 2020

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary June 19, 2020 Location: Hungary The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory  advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. International commercial flight options currently exist in Hungary. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary June 12, 2020

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Budapest  Location: Hungary  June 12, 2020  The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory  advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. International commercial flight options currently exist in Hungary. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary June 5, 2020

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Budapest Location: Hungary June 5, 2020 The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory  advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. International commercial flight options currently exist in Hungary. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary (June 7, 2020) Location: Szabadsag Square, V. District, Budapest, Hungary Event: On Sunday, June 7th, from 1 pm to 2 pm, a demonstration to commemorate Roma victims will take place in Szabadság tér (Square), Budapest, Hungary. Actions to Take: · Monitor local media for updates. · Be …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary (June 7, 2020) Location: Szabadsag Square, V. District, Budapest, Hungary Event: On Sunday, June 7th, from 12 noon to 1 pm, an anti-racism demonstration will take place in Szabadság tér (Square), Budapest, Hungary. Actions to Take: · Monitor local media for updates. · Be aware of your …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary May 29, 2020

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary May 29, 2020 The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory  advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. International commercial flight options currently exist in Hungary. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as …

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Chargé d’Affaires Marc Dillard and Defense Attaché David Wiseman Visit Szolnok and Kecskemét Air Force Bases

Looking back to look ahead! Chargé d’Affaires Marc Dillard and Defense Attaché David Wiseman visited with the leadership of Szolnok and Kecskemét Air Force Bases in February 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of things, but some things remain the same, like our strong bilateral relationship and military cooperation. We look forward to …

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“That’s how friends like the U.S. help the world.” – Op-ed by Ambassador Cornstein in HVG

May 22, 2020 We live in unprecedented times.  In a few short months, much of what we had thought of as normal has changed dramatically.  One thing that should not change in times of crisis, however, is your friends.  As a NATO Ally, the United States stands as strongly as ever with Hungary. I am …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary May 22, 2020

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary  May 22, 2020 The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory  advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. International commercial flight options currently exist in Hungary. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary May 15, 2020

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary May 15, 2020 Location: Hungary The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory  advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. International commercial flight options currently exist in Hungary. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements …

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International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia Statement by the U.S. Embassy Budapest May 14, 2020 On May 17, we will celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, created to commemorate the WHO’s decision to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder on that day thirty years ago.  The United States firmly opposes criminalization, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary May 8, 2020

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary May 8, 2020 Location: Hungary The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory  advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. International commercial flight options currently exist in Hungary. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements …

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“Remembering World War II and its Aftermath – A Long Road to Freedom”

The U.S. Embassy Budapest Public Affairs Section (PAS Budapest) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce an open competition for organizations and individuals to submit applications to carry out a program (or project) with funding through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program that highlights the 75th  anniversary of the end of World …

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50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State April 22, 2020 Today, the United States observes the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day.  The United States is proud of its record as a world leader in promoting clean water and air, conserving natural resources, and protecting nature while driving economic growth and fostering resilience …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary April 9, 2020

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary April 9, 2020 Location: Hungary Event:  International commercial flight options currently exist in Hungary. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government has no plans …

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International Roma Day

STATEMENT BY MORGAN ORTAGUS, STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON April 8, 2020 International Roma Day International Roma Day is an occasion to celebrate the traditions and history of Roma persons everywhere and to honor their contributions to the culture and society of nations around the world. This includes the United States, which is home to more than …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary April 3, 2020

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary April 3, 2020 Location: Hungary Event:  International commercial flight options currently exist in Hungary. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government has no …

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Statement on Governmental Responses to COVID-19.

April 1, 2020 Leaders around the world are grappling with unprecedented challenges as they tackle the COVID-19 global pandemic.  As governments around the world respond, we urge them to avoid restrictions on essential human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the ability of the free press to provide information to the public about the crisis and …

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COVID-19 Information for U.S. and Foreign Citizens

We know that many people have questions related to COVID-19. We are regularly updating information on our website. For U.S. citizens: If you are a U.S. citizen in Hungary, for more information, please visit: https://hu.usembassy.gov/covid-19/  For foreign citizens: For foreign citizens with questions about traveling to the U.S., you can find more information here: https://hu.usembassy.gov/visas/  Proclamation—Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Issued on: …

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Presidential Proclamation—Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants

Proclamation—Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus HEALTHCARE Issued on: March 11, 2020 On January 31, 2020, I issued Proclamation 9984 (Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and nonimmigrants of Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus and Other Appropriate Measures …

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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary (March 1, 2020) Location: Budapest, the march will begin near Gellert Hotel on the Buda side (district 11.), cross the Szabadság bridge, and proceed to Parliament (district 5.) passing through Szabadság tér (district 5.) in front of the Embassy.  A counter demonstration will also take place near the …

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Digital Communication Network Exchange – June 2020

From June 2 – 24, 2020, in collaboration with the Digital Communication Network, World Learning will recruit 16 professionals for a three-week exchange, funded by the US Department of State Office of Citizen Exchanges, to explore new trends in digital communication, participate in fellowships with professionally relevant organizations, and attend important events and conferences. Applications …

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Holocaust Teacher Training Program

For over a decade, the U.S. Department of State, in cooperation with the Association of Holocaust Organizations (AHO) in New York, has helped organize summer teacher-training programs in the United States to foster Holocaust education. To date, this initiative has brought more than 300 teachers from some thirteen countries to U.S. Holocaust-related institutions for training …

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Significant Boost to Fulbright Hungary

On February 10, 2020, Innovation and Technology Ministry State Secretary Zsigmond Perényi, U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Marc Dillard and Fulbright Hungary Director Károly Jókay announced a significant boost to the Fulbright exchange program by the Government of Hungary. Fulbright Hungary strives to enhance Hungarian-American mutual understanding and bilateral relations through scholarly and student …

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Press Release on Launch of Flow PR Messaging Campaign

February 10th, 2020 To highlight the deep and historic ties between our countries, today we launch an awareness campaign highlighting Hungary’s connections to the United States, NATO and other Western institutions. We aim to showcase the many ways that Hungary and its Western partners and allies benefit from strong economic, political, cultural, and security ties, …

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Call for Pictures

Calling all exchange alumni!!  2019 marked not only the 30th anniversary since 1989, but also the regime change that brought new freedoms and opportunities, including the freedom to travel.  We would love to see your pictures from around that time that best represent „Freedom to Travel”.  If you were in the U.S. earlier than 1989, …

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Call for Proposals: Embassy Budapest – Small Grants Program

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Mission in Budapest, Hungary is pleased to announce funding availability through the Mission’s Public Affairs Small grant program. This grants program supports projects of up to $25,000 proposed by Hungarian non-profit organizations, individuals, and cultural/educational organizations that aim to promote mutual understanding between the United States and Hungary. …

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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Dillard at the 50th International Gas Conference

I am honored to be here today at the 50th International Gas Conference, and to speak about the importance of cooperation in advancing energy security.  The United States and Hungary are no strangers to energy cooperation, with a history dating back nearly 85 years.

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Alum of the month: András Gerevich

András Gerevich Writer, translator, editor, and teacher Fulbright Scholar 2001-02 Alum of the month – September 2019   “Be focused, work hard, never shy away from a challenge — but also, learn to relax and enjoy your life” If you are interested in literature you’ve probably already heard about him. He writes, translates, edits and …

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Media Advisory: Budapest City Walks Commemorate Thirty Years of Freedom in Hungary

Walk of Change ’89 – A Szabadság Ritmusa weaves Hungarian and American popular music, culture, foreign policy, and economic policy into an engaging adventure through central Budapest that will motivate us to consider what freedom means to us today as Hungarians and Americans. 

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Open Auction

The American Embassy, Budapest is offering for sale numerous used residential furniture, antique furniture, household and industrial appliances, construction / building operation materials, office and outdoor furniture,  IT equipment, rolls of draperies and upholstery fabrics.

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Chargé Kostelancik at NATO Anniversary Event

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hungary joining NATO, Charge d’Affaires David Kostelancik spoke to students at the National University of Public Service in Budapest about his experiences working in the U.S. delegation to NATO from 1998-2001, key years building up to and including the accession of Hungary, Czech Republic, and Poland to the Transatlantic alliance.  He was joined by Deputy State Secretary Ferenc …

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Ambassador Cornstein Visits Israel

Ambassador Cornstein Visits Israel; Welcomes Hungary’s Extension of Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem through Opening of Diplomatic Trade Mission March 18, 2019   Ambassador David Cornstein is traveling today to Israel on the occasion of the opening of Hungary’s new trade mission in Jerusalem. He will join Foreign Minister Szijjártó in the official opening ceremony …

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Demonstration Alert

Location 1 Gathering site:  Károly körút by Kálvin tér in front of the Hungarian National Museum (district 5/8.), March 15, 2019 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm – Budapest, Hungary. Event A political event is expected to take place on March 15, 2019 from from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm on the occasion of commemoration …

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Demonstration Alert

Location Gathering site:  Lánchíd / Chain Bridge (district 5.), February 15, 2019 starting at 17:00 pm – Budapest, Hungary. Event  A political demonstration is expected to take place on February 15, 2019 from 17:00 pm to 22:00 pm on the occasion of changes in the Labor Code.   The Hungarian Police have noted that there …

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Demonstration Alert

1. Location   Gathering site: Hősök tere (district 14.), February 10, 2019 starting at 13:00 pm and will march to the Parliament (district 5.) beginning at 13:45 pm. – Budapest, Hungary. March route: Andrássy út  (district 6-5.) – Oktogon (district 6.) – Teréz körút (district 6.) – Nyugati tér (district 6.) – Szent István körút …

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Statement: Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Belgium, and Iceland

On February 11, Secretary Pompeo will arrive in Budapest, Hungary, where he will meet with Prime Minister Orban, Foreign Minister Szijjarto, Defense Minister Benko to discuss a range of issues in the U.S.-Hungary bilateral relationship, including defense cooperation, energy and regional security, support for Ukraine, and ways to counter Russian and Chinese influence and strengthen …

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Demonstration Alert

1. Location Gathering site: Oktogon tér – Budapest, Hungary. Event  A political demonstration/march is expected to take place on Saturday, January 5, 2018 – 10:00 to 19:00.   The authorities expect 500 participants to take part.   The Hungarian Police have noted that there will be a law enforcement presence at the venue.  The demonstration is properly …

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Demonstration Alert

1. Location Gathering site: Vértanúk tere by Kossuth tér – Budapest, Hungary. Event A political demonstration/march is expected to take place on Friday, December 28, 2018 – 17:00 to 18:00.  The Hungarian Police have noted that there will be a law enforcement presence at the venue.  The demonstration is properly registered with the Hungarian National …

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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary   Location Gathering site: Alkotmány utca by Kossuth tér (district 5.), starting at 17:00 pm and will march to the Parliament (district 5.) beginning at 19:00 pm. – Budapest, Hungary. March route: Kossuth Lajos tér – Széchenyi rakpart – Széchenyi tér – József Attila utca – Bajcsy-Zsilinszky …

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Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute for High School Students

Fully funded US SCHOLARSHIP for 16-18 year-old Hungarian students who speak fluent English and who are interested in international relations! The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute activities include discussions of global issues of common interest with European and American students; leadership and media training; collaborative project development; community service; educational travel; and plans for …

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

As customary diplomatic protocol in Hungary, new Embassy Chiefs of Mission place a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Budapest’s Heroes’ Square.  On September 5, Ambassador David B. Cornstein was honored to place a memorial wreath on the Tomb in the name of the people of the United States of America.  Several Embassy …

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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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#FBI110 Trivia Winners

Did you get it right? Find out the correct answers to our #FBI110 Trivia questions. Questions and Answers What’s the FBI’s motto? Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity https://www.fbi.gov/history/seal-motto Name one US television show that talks about the FBI work overseas We received lots of great answers! Out of multiple correct examples, one show that talks about the FBI’s …

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Job Opening: American Corner Director in Budapest

Call for application for the position of AMERICAN CORNER DIRECTOR,  Budapest Applications are invited from Hungarian citizens for the position of American Corner Director in Budapest, located in Budapest Corvinus University. The position starts on September 1, 2018. The American Corners (AC) program is a United States Department of State -sponsored initiative. There are almost 500 Corners in 70 countries all around …

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Remarks by Ambassador David B. Cornstein at the Official Independence Day Celebration

This is a very, very important day for every American.  It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, if you’re white, brown, black.  It doesn’t matter if you are a first-year immigrant into our country or if you’re a fourth generation.  This is a day that we celebrate our freedom and it’s very, very important. 

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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary (July 6, 2018)   1. Location: on the route of Oktogon tér (district 6.) – Andrássy út (district 6.) – Hősök tere (district 14.), Budapest, Hungary Event: A march is expected to take place on July 7, 2018 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Protestors will be commemorating the Battle …

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Ambassador Cornstein Visits CEU

Today,  Central European University (CEU) President and Rector Michael Ignatieff welcomed Ambassador David B. Cornstein to the university. “I was pleased with the opportunity to visit CEU today and meet some of the very talented faculty and students. It’s an impressive academic institution and an asset to both Hungary and the United States. I support its continued operation …

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Anchoring the Western Alliance

Remarks A. Wess Mitchell Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs The Heritage Foundation Washington, DC June 5, 2018   Good morning everyone, it’s really great to see a lot of friends in the audience and I appreciate you all being here today. I’d like to thank Heritage Foundation for inviting me to speak today. …

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Ambassador Cornstein will arrive in Budapest on June 22

June 12, 2018 The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that President Trump’s Ambassador to Hungary, David B. Cornstein, will arrive in Budapest on June 22, 2018.  Ambassador Cornstein is excited to begin his work in Hungary and further strengthen the U.S. – Hungary relationship. Stay tuned for more information about Ambassador Cornstein in the …

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Job Opening: American Corner Director in Debrecen

Call for application for the position of AMERICAN CORNER DIRECTOR,  DEBRECEN Applications are invited from Hungarian citizens for the position of American Corner Director in Debrecen, located in the Meliusz Peter County Library. This is a temporary position from August 1, 2018 to August 30, 2020. The American Corners (AC) program is a United States Department of State -sponsored initiative. …

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From Presidential Nomination to the Embassy

From presidential nomination to the Embassy: On May 9, Mr. David B. Cornstein, President Trump’s nominee as U.S. Ambassador to Hungary, had his hearing before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. You can read his Statement here:  http://ow.ly/eEKm30jVpGG  (PDF file). What comes next? Our Prezi explains the steps presidential nominees have to take until they become …

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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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Demonstration Alert

  Location: Kossuth tér (district 5.) Budapest, Hungary Event: A gathering is expected to take place on May 7, 2018 beginning at 2:30 p.m. Protestors will make a “human chain” around the Parliament building.  1,000 participants are expected to take part. Actions to Take: Avoid Kossuth tér after 2:30m. on May 7, 2018. Monitor local …

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Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Budapest, Hungary (April 6, 2018)   Location: on the route of City Park (district 14.) – Dvorák sétány (district 14.)– Damjanich utca (district 7.) – Rottenbiller utca (district 7.)  – Wesselényi utca (district 7.) – Akácfa utca (district 7.)  – Király utca (district 7.) – Deák tér (district 5.) – …

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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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Alert

Location: Szabadsag ter by Oktober 6 utca (gathering site) – Nador utca – Garibaldi utca – Kossuth ter / Ministry of Justice (destination site for demonstration) district 5, Budapest, Hungary Event: A gathering and march are expected to take place on March 11, 2018, beginning at 2:00 p.m. to demonstrate for home owners who are …

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Alert

Location: Hősök tere (Heroes Square) district 14, Budapest, Hungary Event: A gathering is expected to take place on March 10, 2018, beginning at 3:00 p.m. to celebrate the “Day of Szekler Freedom” Actions to Take: Avoid Hősök tere (Heroes Square) – district 14 – after 3:00 p.m. on March 10, 2018. Monitor local media for updates. …

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Demonstration Alert

Location: On the route of Deák tér (district 5.) – Bajcsy Zsilinszky út (district 5 and 6.) – Alkotmány utca (district 5.) – Kossuth tér/ Parliament (district 5.)  Budapest, Hungary Event: A demonstration is expected to take place on February 23, 2018, beginning at 5:00 p.m.   Demonstrators will protest “for necessary changes in public education.” …

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Security Alert

Location:  Budapest Airport Event: According to recent press reports, theft of items from passenger luggage at Budapest Airport has increased.  Passengers reported that valuable items had been removed from their checked luggage. Actions to Take: Keep all valuable items in carry-on luggage or on your person. Do not place any items of value in your …

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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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Californian Entrepreneur Talks About Branding and Marketing

Are entrepreneurs born or self-made?  Mohamed Geraldez, a Muslim-American entrepreneur and co-founder of boutique business & brand strategy firm Dragonfly Black, visited Budapest and Debrecen, where he discussed the role of culture in business strategy, how to connect with niche and minority markets, as well as what it really takes to be a successful entrepreneur …

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Demonstration Alert

Location:  In between the Reformed Church of Homecoming and the old Hungarian National TV building in Szabadság tér (Southern end) (district 5.); Budapest, Hungary. Event: A demonstration is expected to take place on February 11, 2018, beginning at 10:00 a.m.   Demonstrators will demonstrate against a planned Holy Mass for Miklos Horthy, governor of Hungary from …

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Demonstration Alert

Location:  Kapisztrán tér in the Buda Castle (district 1.); Budapest, Hungary. Event: A demonstration is expected to take place on February 10, 2018, beginning at 4:00 p.m.   Demonstrators will commemorate the unsuccessful breakout attempt of German and Hungarian military forces from the Soviet Army in 1945.  There will be two counter-demonstrations at the same time: …

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Demonstration Alert

Location:  Demonstrators are expected in the area in between the Hutte Café and the German Occupation Memorial in Szabadság tér (district 5.) Budapest, Hungary Event: A demonstration is expected to take place on February 9, 2018, beginning at 5:00 p.m.   Demonstrators will protest “to express solidarity with the current student demonstrations by means of art.” …

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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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Chargé Kostelancik Visits Győr

Chargé David J. Kostelancik spent an interesting and wonderful day visiting Győr on January 24. During the event-packed day, Chargé Kostelancik met with Mayor Zsolt Borkai to learn more about the city’s economic success story. He also tried some of the fascinating exhibits during his tour of the Mobilis Interactive Exhibition Center, learned more about next-generation …

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Government Shutdown Notice

At this time, scheduled passport and visa services will continue during the lapse in appropriations as the situation permits. This website will not be regularly updated until full operations resume, with the exception of emergency safety and security information. For further information on consular issues, please contact our Consular Section at  https://hu.usembassy.gov/embassy/budapest/sections-offices/consular-section/

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Demonstration Alert

Location:  the junction of Kossuth tér and Alkotmány utca (District 5); Budapest, Hungary. Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place on January 19, 2018, beginning at 3:00 p.m.   Demonstrators will protest “in favor of a better public education system.” Actions to Take: Avoid the junction of Kossuth tér and Alkotmány utca (District 5) after 3:00 …

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Demonstration Alert

Location:  Demonstrators are expected to take the following route:  Városház park (District 5) – Károly körút (District 5) – Deák Ferenc tér (District 5) – Bajcsy Zsilinszky út (District 6) – Andrássy út (District 6) – Hősök tere (District 14); Budapest, Hungary Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place on January 20, 2018, beginning at …

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National Security Strategy

On December 18, 2017, President Donald J. Trump unveiled a new National Security Strategy that sets a positive strategic direction for the United States, which will restore America’s advantages in the world and build upon our country’s great strengths. The Strategy identifies four vital national interests as: (1) Protect the homeland, the American people, and American …

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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.

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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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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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