Europe

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary

Contact

Address: 1027 Budapest, Bem rakpart 47.

Tel.: +36 1 458 1826

E-mail: sajto@mfa.gov.hu

www.kormany.hu

The Minister

Péter Szijjártó

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary

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The Minister is an economist who earned his degree in International Relations from the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration in 2002.

He first became member of the National Assembly in the same year, and currently serves his fourth term as member of the Parliament.

He served as communications director and spokesman of the Fidesz between 2006 and 2010, and he was chief of staff of the party’s president from 2009 to 2010.

During his parliamentary work he was deputy faction leader of Fidesz and chairman of the Parliament's Budget Committee.

He served as the Prime Minister’s spokesman from June 2010 to June 2012, and headed the Prime Minister’s staff in charge of press, international and organizational affairs.

In June 2012 he was appointed to State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and External Economic Relations of the Prime Minister’s Office.

He served as Government Commissioner for Hungarian-Russian Relations and Hungarian Chinese Bilateral Relations from March 2013.

In June, 2014, he was appointed to Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Parliamentary State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Since September, 2014, he has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

About

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for shaping and maintaining Hungary’s international relations, for representing national interests at a global level, and for achieving Hungary’s foreign affairs goals. Hungarian embassies and consulates operate under the direction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
A priority area for the Ministry is the shaping of Hungary’s European Union policy, the preparation, implementation and coordination of tasks related to the European Union presidency, and representation of Hungary’s interests at member-state level within the European Union. Through the assertion of national interests and the effective pursuit of the Government’s foreign affairs priorities, the overall goal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to make Hungary a strong and acknowledged player in the Central European Region, the European Union and in the international political and cultural arena.

Within the framework of shaping European Union affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs prepares, supervises and implements tasks and obligations arising from the Government’s European policy, and it develops the Hungarian Government’s official standpoint. It oversees bilateral relations with the European Union, and it directs cultural diplomacy. It is responsible for Hungary’s role in global international organisations, and for Hungary’s obligations in humanitarian and human rights fields. It supervises the development of Hungary’s standpoint on global economic affairs, sustainable development, energy security and other questions related to global challenges. The Ministry develops the Hungarian government’s standpoint on general foreign and security policy issues, with particular reference to our membership of the European Union and NATO.


In addition to heads of cabinet, government officials working in various specialist areas within the Ministry assist the Minister and Ministers of State in their work, taking part in the preparation of decisions and in implementation tasks. The Ministry’s main organisational units are the Ministerial Cabinet, the Offices of the Ministers of State, the Offices of Deputy Ministers of State, and specialist departments and units. Compared to other ministries, the Offices of Deputy Ministers of State are given a greater role in the Ministry’s organisational structure. Diplomats working in foreign representations under the direction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs represent and assert Hungarian foreign policy interests at an international level.