Ambassador Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky had a discussion with Alun Cairns, Secretary of State for Wales on 10 January 2017 at Gwydyr House.
Ambassador Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky had a discussion with Lord Fowler on 10 January, following the appointment of Lord Fowler as the new Lord Speaker in September 2016.
The V4 countries are committed to EU integration and its achievements, but a strong EU needs to be built on strong Member States, emphasised His Excellency Ambassador Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky at a panel discussion organised by King’s College London Diplomatic Society. The event on 5th December 2016 brought together the four Visegrád ambassadors for an exchange of views with the audience on the future of the EU after Brexit.
A reception dedicated to celebrate the 10th anniversary of establishing the Westminster Business Council was held on 1st December at the Embassy of Hungary. The event was hosted by His Excellency Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky, Ambassador of Hungary to the UK. The London-based Business Council has approximately 12 thousand partners within its business network among them some of the most prominent companies in the British business world.
Ágnes Hornung, Financial State Secretary of the Ministry of National Economy of Hungary arrived to London on 24 November 2016 for an official visit.
Levente Benkő, Deputy State Secretary, Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade visited London on 25 November 2016, where he had an exchange of views with his UK counterpart, Tim Barrow, Political Director of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Anthony Philipson, Director for Partnerships and Trade at the Department for Exiting the European Union, Sir William Cash, Conservative MP, Chair of the European Scrutiny Committee of the House of Commons and prominent UK opinion shapers, including senior officials from the FCO, politicians, think tank leaders and journalists.
The Fórum Klub lecture featuring József Simola, CFO of MOL Group was held at the Embassy on 24 November 2016.
Ambassador Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky hosted a dinner on 23 November 2016 in honour of MPs and peers with an interest in Hungary.
Ambassador Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky presented his credentials to Her Majesty the Queen on 15 November 2016. He was accompanied to the Buckingham Palace by Alistair Harrison, the Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, Beáta Margitay-Becht deputy head of mission, Colonel József Gulyás defence attache, Edina Cserjés head of consulate and Máté Pesti investment and trade attache.
Following his meeting with Theresa May in Downing Street, Viktor Orbán said that Hungary seeks to ensure that the rights of Hungarians living in the United Kingdom are not curtailed when Britain leaves the EU.
The Hungarian Science Club had its second academic symposium this year on 10 November 2016 at the Embassy of Hungary. At the academic symposium Hungarian scientists presented their work, followed by music from cellist Dóra Kokas. The participants also commemorated István Széchényi on the occasion of his 225th birth anniversary.
Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade visited London on 18-19 October 2016 and met Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary, David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer and David Lidington, Leader of the House of Commons.
Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Róbert Ésik, President of the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency, Ambassador Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky and representatives of ten UK companies with an investment in and close ties to Hungary signed a memorandum of understanding on 19 October 2016 to launch the UK-Hungary Business Council.
The Embassy of Hungary in London and the Hungarian Cultural Center organized a series of events to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian revolution and freedom fight.
Ambassador Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky met Sir Eric Pickles, Conservative MP, Special Envoy for Post-Holocaust issues of the UK government on 18 October 2016 in the House of Commons.
Ambassador Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky hosted a working breakfast with Annamarie Phelps CBE, Chair of British Rowing, and Szabolcs Bényi, Chair of Hungarian Rowing Association to discuss best practices, and future cooperation opportunities, such as the 2019 Masters World Championship in Hungary.
Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky attended the World Alzheimer’s Ball and prior to the event hosted a dinner in honour of some prominent guests of the Ball as a contribution to the charity event. The event was promoted by Lady Barbara Judge CBE, Chairman of the Special Events Support Committee for Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia UK.
Ambassador Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky met Steve Summers, Lord Mayor of Westminster to discuss future cooperation opportunities between Hungary, her capital Budapest, and Westminster in the fields of culture, sports, and education.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary in cooperation with the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church organises a conference titled ‘1956 – You Have Not Died In Vain’ starting at 3 pm on 22 September 2016.
Zoltán Kovács, Government Spokesperson at the Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister of Hungary visited London on 12 September 2016. The aim of the visit was to provide information about the referendum on mandatory EU migrant quotas due to take place on 2 October in Hungary, share the latest economic figures of Hungary, as well as exchange views about the post-Brexit situation.
The Ambassador had his first introductory meetings in the House of Commons and House of Lords during the week of 11-15 July 2016.
A Fórum Klub lecture featuring Márton Nagy, Deputy Governor of the Hungarian Central Bank was held at the Embassy on 7 July 2016.
László Kövér, Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament paid a visit to London on 25 May where he attended events of the Becket Week and met with British counterparts.
During his visit to the United Kingdom connected to the Becket Week, President János Áder met Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street on 24 May. The two leaders touched upon the upcoming EU referendum in the UK and exchanged views about climate change and global water issues.
On 24 May Ambassador Péter Szabadhegy hosted a lunch in honour of János Áder, the President of the Republic of Hungary, with participants from the Hungarian Science Club. After the lunch, the Ambassador presented the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary to Sir George Radda.
On the first day of his London visit, President János Áder met Lord Speaker Baroness D’Souza in the House of Lords and the Rt Hon the Lord Mayor Alderman the Lord Mountevans at the Mansion House.
Mihály Varga, Minister for National Economy opened the trading day of the London Stock Exchange on 12 May. In his speech he announced that Yuan-denominated Hungarian government bonds were now also being traded in the capital city of the United Kingdom. These bonds were issued in April 2016 with the assistance of the experts of the London Stock Exchange and the Bank of China.
Ambassador Péter Szabadhegy and the Lord Mayor of Westminster Lady Christabel Flight unveiled the plaque on the building where the conductor and music teacher had lived for 40 years.
Zoltán Kovács, Government Spokesperson at the Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister of Hungary visited London between 25 and 27 April, where he gave a speech about the Hungarian position on the migrant crisis at the ’Pan-European Freight Security and the Migrant Crisis’ conference and exchanged views about government communications at the No10 Downing Street and the Cabinet Office.
As part of the Széchenyi memorial year 2016 our Embassy hosted a unique event on the 1838 Pest flood and evoked Ferenc Liszt's benefit concert on 18 April 1838 in Vienna.
The Hungarian and Polish Ambassadors held a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial plaque of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising at Ognisko Polskie (The Polish Hearth Club) in South Kensington, London.
The Hungarian Parliament's Deputy Speaker visited London and held a number of meetings in Westminster and Whitehall.
Gergely Gulyás, Deputy Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament was the guest of honour at the National Day reception at St Peter’s Church on 15 March, hosted by Ambassador Péter Szabadhegy.
Ambassador Péter Szabadhegy and the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Mr Paul Murphy, unveiled the Lajos Kossuth bronze Plaque at Manchester Town Hall on 15 March. The Plaque was initiated by Mr Gábor Bartos and Mr Gábor Oláh on behalf of the Hungarian community in Manchester.
On 23-24 February Gergely Böszörményi Nagy, Managing Director of Design Terminal, the national center for creative indutries in Budapest had successful meetings with several of the leading figures in the creative industry in London.
Gyula Budai, Ministerial Commissioner for measures related to the Russian embargo paid a visit to London on 17-18 February, where he held discussions at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affair and Trade of Hungary, represented Hungary at the international donor conference held on 4 February in London aimed at raising new funds to help the victims of the ongoing crisis in Syria.
The Hungarian Science Club has been founded by the Hungarian Embassy in London on 28 January 2016. The event was addressed by Gergely Prőhle, deputy state secretary. At the academic symposium Hungarian scientists presented their work, followed by music from singer and songwriter Veronika Harcsa. The participants also commemorated Ignac Semmelweis on the occasion of the Semmelweis Year.
On the occasion of the Day of Hungarian CultureMr. János Áder, President of the Republic of Hungary awarded The Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary to Mr. Peter Broadbent, choral conductor and Mr. Sándor Pál Váci architect for their outstanding and devoted work in the United Kingdom to promote the relationship between the UK and Hungary. The award was presented by Ambassador Péter Szabadhegy at the Embassy of Hungary.
After talks in Budapest on Thursday with Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán stated that both leaders want a strong Europe. At their joint press conference, Mr. Orbán spoke about Hungarians working in Britain, pointing out that it is important that they should not be subject to any discrimination. At the same time he stressed that Hungary is open to all reasonable British proposals designed to put an end to abuses in the field of social benefits.
In the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, Ambassador Péter Szabadhegy and Gabriella Szabadhegy hosted the annual Gala Dinner in honour of Saint Margaret of Scotland with the Guest of Honour Professor János Martonyi, former Minister of Foreign Affairs on 16 November 2015 at The Caledonian Club.
Szabolcs Takács, State Secretary for EU Affairs of the Prime Minister’s Office held talks in London regarding the reforms of the European Union required by the United Kingdom, and Hungarian-British EU cooperation in that context.
The Human Capacities Minister had talks with his counterparts, gave a lecture at UCL and was the guest of honour at our Saint Margaret gala dinner.
Our Embassy organized a panel discussion in the House of Lords to mark the handover of the Chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) from the UK to Hungary.
Celebrating at the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Westminster Business Council - photos: WBC