The Council of Central European Consular Corps was set up by honorary consuls with the aim of promoting the nurturing of the Central European languages, culture and interests. In particular, to make Hungary’s role in Central Europe more pronounced and, to make the interests of the whole of Central Europe more prominent within the Union.

An illustrious anniversary, as well as a prestigious event of the future, brought to life the Council of Central European Consular Corps presidency meeting on 13 September in Vonyarcvashegy, Hungary. 

“We need to think in the region here in Central Europe, so it is important for us to be able to work well together. We represent different countries, but the network and contact system established by the Consular Council helps in our own work,” explained Erik Molnár, the President of the Council of Central European Consular Corps. He added that in addition to the economy and culture, education is a priority for them. “We will play a catalyst role in this. Our goal is to achieve better cooperation between universities and departments in Central Europe.”

The Consular Council considers it’s important to help the Countries of South-Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans integrate into Europe, as Hungarian businesses can also find their calculations in this region. “We want to create a lot of forums and conferences about this. For example, our plans include organizing a conference in the Western Balkans including companies, economic operators and university professors.”

One of the apropos of the Presidency meeting is that the panel will be introduced at the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade on 24 September.

Another reason for the Vonyarcvashegy meeting was that Erik Molnár had been an honorary consular office in Namibia for 20 years. The president revealed that Africa’s love is linked to his childhood, specifically Tarzan’s story, and that the meeting with the Namibian Minister of Culture and Education led him to the honorary consular title.

Dr. Attila Koósz (Honorary Consul of Croatia), Dr. Slaven Grbić (Honorary Consul of Hungary accredited to Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Dr. Miklós Udvarhelyi (Honorary Consul of Austria) also participated in the event. They are among the founders of the Council, and they hold the post of Deputy President in the Council of Central European Consular Corps.

There are also many exciting personalities among the vice presidents. For example, Dr. Gergely Pataki (honorary consul of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh), who has earned himself a reputation and recognition around the world as the leader of the medical team responsible for separating the siamese twins that have grown together at their heads.

“Operation Freedom is a special Hungarian-Bangladeshi medical and diplomatic cooperation. It’s been over a year since the separation surgery for the two little girls. Our foundation – Action For Defenceless People Foundation – is constantly supervises and helps the recovery of the little girls. In the next few days we are flying to Bangladesh again to take new steps to ensure that they live an even fuller life. We’re going to perform a cranial replacement surgery on one of the girls. The other girl received the same treatment in last December. With regard to their condition, it can be said that Rabeya is showing age-appropriate development, and we are confident that significant results will be achieved in her development” said Dr. Gergely Pataki, who recently received the Medal of Honor called “Magyar Érdemrend Lovagkereszt” – Knight of Cross from the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic. Regarding his work as a member of the council, Dr. Pataki said, that he is confident in his values which could promote the functioning of the Council of Central European Consular Corps.

via: Momo Media by Réka Égető