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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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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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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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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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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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 a Jazz Concert in Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Revolution

During tonight’s concert, we celebrate those “barometers of freedom” – the Hungarian jazz musicians who played their music in 1956 in defiance of the Communist government.  And we remember all of the Hungarians who suffered and those who died in the fight for democracy 60 years ago. 
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Remarks on the occasion of an Unveiling of Statues of Hannah Arendt and Zbigniew Herbert

It is a great pleasure to join you today for the unveiling of statues of two great thinkers and authors, Hannah Arendt and Zbigniew Herbert.  In their works, both reflect on their survival through turmoil and war.  And their accomplishments and writings continue to inspire discussion and debate today.
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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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Opening remarks at “Give Life a Chance through Cancer Immunotherapy” Cancer Prevention and Awareness-Raising Program

In today’s world, cancer has a major impact on so many people and families in the United States and across the world.  Too many of us personally know someone affected by cancer – whether we witness the fight of a loved one directly or we see the worry of their family and friends.
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Remarks at Papa Air Base

Hungarian Gripens, Czech Gripens, Slovenian PC-9s, Slovakian MiG 29s, and a United States  KC-135 and C-130, as well as tactical ground controllers from all five nations, are conducting the largest and most complicated air integration mission in the region since the end of the Balkan operations.
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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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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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“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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“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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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