Embassy of the United States of America
August 25, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ambassador Pressman Travels to Veszprém County
On August 25, U.S. Ambassador to Hungary David Pressman traveled to Veszprém County at the invitation of Minister for Regional Development Tibor Navracsics where he engaged with Hungarian business, cultural, academic, civil society, and local government leaders. Minister Navracsics, Mayor Gyula Porga, and European Capital of Culture CEO Alíz Markovits led the Ambassador on a walking tour of Veszprém’s historic city center, in addition to the László Vass Collection of contemporary art.
In a joint press conference with the Minister at FOTON Audiovisual Center, Ambassador Pressman said: “In my interactions with Hungarians – whether it’s in Budapest or in the countryside – they have been consistently positive and encouraging. It’s wonderful to be here with Minister Navracsics to focus on culture and art, which I think brings our people together in ways that transcend some of the political challenges in the moment.”
The Ambassador also visited a housing project supported by the Hungarian Maltese Charity Service providing essential services to economically disadvantaged residents on the outskirts of Veszprém. Since 2009, the organization has facilitated extensive renovations of the facility to provide safe living conditions for some of the city’s most at-need individuals and families. Commending the initiative, Ambassador Pressman said: “You can tell a lot about the character of a community by how they take care of their most vulnerable populations. This kind of project shows the very best of humanity and the commitment of the people of Veszprém to supporting their neighbors.” Ambassador Pressman also met with representatives of the University of Pannonia to discuss ways to strengthen U.S.-Hungary academic partnerships.
In Herend, Ambassador Pressman was welcomed by Mayor László Jánszky, who accompanied him on a tour of the world-famous Herend Porcelain Manufactory. As one of the largest export markets for Herend’s products, the United States remains an important trade partner for the company. The Ambassador appreciated the opportunity to learn about this important symbol of Hungarian artistic talent and cultural pride.
In addition to Budapest, Ambassador Pressman has visited nine of Hungary’s counties and continues to engage with Hungarians from a wide range of backgrounds across the country. For additional information and media inquiries, please contact the U.S. Embassy press office at PressBDP@state.gov. Ambassador Pressman may be followed on Twitter: @USAmbHungary