The Benjamin Franklin Fellowship Experience – Hungarian Alumni Reflection

During my four weeks in the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship program, I deepened my knowledge of the United States, managed to acquire certain aspects of the American mindset, made countless friends in different parts of Europe and the U.S., and answered more than a hundred questions about Hungary.

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2022 Investment Climate Statement: Hungary

The Department of State published the 2022 Investment Climate Statements (ICS) which provide up-to-date, country-specific information on the investment climates of more than 160 foreign markets.

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Chargé Dillard’s Visit to Székesfehérvár

Historic Szekesfehervar is one of Hungary’s oldest cities, and on a visit to the city, Chargé D’Affaires Marc Dillard highlighted both the history and the present day role this important city has in our bilateral relationship, and how the U.S. contributes to the region as partner and Ally. At the Bakony Combat Training Center, CDA …

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European and U.S. Security Interests Are at Stake – By Chargé d’Affaires Marc Dillard

European and U.S. Security Interests Are at Stake By Chargé d’Affaires Marc Dillard The world is watching Russia’s pattern of unprovoked aggression toward Ukraine, because Russia’s actions are a threat not only to Ukraine, but to Europe and to the international rules-based order. Our aims are simple. We stand with our Allies and partners to …

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Chargé Dillard’s Remarks at Ludovika campus, National University of Public Service

Like any long and enduring partnership, ours has had its ups and downs.  It is no secret that our administrations do not see eye-to-eye on some issues today.  However, our security partnership remains as strong as ever, and I think that is an important fact to keep in mind when we discuss American and Hungarian …

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Another Step in the Implementation of the Defense Cooperation Agreement

During a ceremony held December 15, 2021, at the U.S. Embassy Budapest, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Marc Dillard and Ministerial Commissioner in charge of implementing the Defense Cooperation Agreement Colonel Tibor Babos signed a memorandum acknowledging two new implementing agreements under the DCA. These implementing agreements designate Tata and Várpalota Garrison and Training Areas as …

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Congratulations to the winners of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs program!

Our heartfelt congratulations to the five women entrepreneurs from outside the capital who won a total of $25,000 in funding from the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs’ 10-month program!

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Remarks by Chargé Dillard on the Launch of a Book About Congressman Tom Lantos

The only Holocaust survivor to have served in Congress, Hungarian-born U.S. Congressman Tom Lantos spent his life championing the cause of human rights around the world. Chargé d’Affaires Marc Dillard and other distinguished guests discussed a new Hungarian translation of a book about the Congressman’s life and the importance of his work.

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Call for Applications: Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI)

The call for applications is now OPEN for three academic programs: for scholars, secondary educators and student leaders. The application deadline for each SUSI program is December 31, 2021. Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign university faculty and other scholars …

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Remarks by Chargé Dillard at Kristallnacht Commemoration

On November 9, Chargé Dillard joined the global initiative of the International March of the Living to commemorate Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass. The night of November 9 – 10, 1938 saw the destruction of thousands of synagogues and Jewish institutions in Nazi Germany, a prelude to the Holocaust. In his remarks delivered …

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65th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

On the sixty-fifth anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian revolution, we remember the brave men and women who fought to defend their liberty on the streets of Budapest and around the nation.  Their passion for freedom was realized in 1989, when Hungary embraced democracy.  We mark this solemn anniversary together with our partner and NATO Ally.” …

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Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Establishment of U.S.-Hungary Diplomatic Relations

This year we commemorate the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and Hungary.  While our historical and cultural connections span a much longer period, the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1921 formalized the enduring bonds between our countries.  In that spirit, please join us as we pay tribute to a century of …

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Media Events Related to DEFENDER 21 June 2-5

DEFENDER-Europe is an annual large-scale U.S. Army-led, multinational, joint exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between U.S., NATO and partner militaries. This year’s exercise:  Focuses on building operational readiness and interoperability with a greater number of NATO allies and partners over a wider area of operations. Is defensive in nature and focused on responding …

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Preparations are underway for the annual Black Swan

Budapest, HUNGARY – Preparations are underway for the annual Black Swan, which will take place from May 3-14, 2021. The Hungarian-led Black Swan 21 exercise includes SOF from Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and the United States. U.S. Naval Special Warfare (NSW) and Hungarian SOF personnel will conduct Special Operations Craft-Riverine (SOC-R) training along the Danube River near Budapest. In other locations, U.S. Army …

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International Roma Day

Statement by Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State April 7, 2021 On behalf of the Government of the United States, I extend my best wishes to Roma everywhere on International Roma Day. On April 8, we celebrate the rich culture, language, and heritage of Roma around the world, including the generations of Romani Americans who …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Visegrád Four Countries’ Foreign Ministers

March 23, 2021 Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Czech Foreign Minister Petříček, Hungarian Foreign Minister Szijjártó, Polish Foreign Minister Rau, and Slovak Foreign Minister Korčok The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today in Brussels with his counterparts from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia, which constitute the …

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2020 Highlights

As 2021 begins, the New Year is a good moment to reflect on what we’ve accomplished in the past one, as we look to the year ahead. It was a challenging year but there’s much to be proud of and thankful for. Thanks for your support and comments throughout the months. We’ve made a video …

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Chargé d’Affaires Marc Dillard’s Opening Remarks at American Jewish Committee Central Europe Event on Hizballah

December 8, 2020 Thank you, Sebastian and the American Jewish Committee Central Europe office, for inviting me to open this important event. As some of you may know, I previously served in Bulgaria. I arrived in Sofia in 2013, a year after Hizballah bombed a bus full of Israeli tourists in Burgas on the Black …

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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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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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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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How Much Do You Trust a Communist Dictatorship? – by Ambassador Cornstein

July 31, 2020 One of the most important things in life is knowing who your friends are and whom you trust.  As a successful businessman I often look to numbers, and polling around the world shows that people don’t trust what the Chinese Communist Party has to say. But as a life-long New Yorker I …

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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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