The honorary consular institution has its roots in the ancient Greek institution of ‘proxenos’ who represented, without remuneration, the interests of foreign prisoners. The institution was originally created out of necessity, and its origins can be traced back to 8th century China, India and the Middle East.
Honorary Consuls working in Central Europe created a new cross-border organisation in Budapest in April 2020 under the name of Council of the Central European Consular Corps. Among others, the Council aims to coordinate arts and cultural events, to hold consultations at the planning stage and to implement joint programmes in every sector of cooperation, while asserting economic interests.
“As a diplomat of the Military Order of Malta, I do not deal with politics. We have humanitarian tasks. What is particularly good, that there has not been a similar order to this for 900 years. We celebrated our 900-year-anniversary in Rome in 2013. It is a very uplifting feeling to belong to an organization which has been working perfectly for 900 years.”
The Consul General of Hungary in Stuttgart, Mr. János Berényi:
“In the business world…
I also believe that a fair, face-to-face negotiation, a sincere look and a decent handshake, that is, mutual trust are crucial for the acceptance of each other, dealing with problems and for the better understanding of each other.“
In the Slovak Republic, since 1993 Denmark is represented by Michal Lőrincz Honorary Consul who is also the president of the Slovak Honorary Consular Corp. He was one of the main organizers of the visit of Queen Margarethe II. when she visited Slovakia in October 1994.