The Presidential Board meeting in early 2020.
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.
The honorary consuls’ work often requires them to see things from a broader, regional perspective, especially when it comes to representing the interests of countries further afield in a region. These cases almost automatically necessitate consultation and multi-level coordination. If Central European honorary consuls know each other well, results can be obtained more quickly regarding tasks requiring coordination. Such is the thinking behind the successfully implemented idea.
With this in mind, Mr. Erik Molnár, Honorary Consul of Namibia to Hungary launched an initiative to facilitate collaboration among Hungarian-speaking Honorary Consuls working in Central European countries. However, they set additional objectives and addressed further issues while making progress towards the establishment of the organisation, and by the time the Council of the Central European Consular Corps was created, it became clear that the organisation would have an important mission and, more than that, could provide decisive support to South Eastern European countries on the accession waiting list to join the European Union.
Members of the CCECC Presidential Board
Erik Molnár, President
Dr. Attila Koósz, Deputy President
Dr. Slaven Grbic, Deputy President
Dr. Miklós Udvarhelyi, Deputy President
Rezső Sárdi, Vice President
Josef Gal, Vice President
Ádám Bölcs, Vice President
Eugen Horváth, Vice President
Dr. Gergely Pataki, Vice President
Péter Antal Vándor, Vice President
József Mészáros, Vice President
and Erik Molnár Jr. as Secretary General
Erik Molnár Jr.
Joint action by the Honorary Consuls will contribute to preserving European cultural values, traditions and common roots and support joint economic aspirations through academic/scientific and cultural cooperation and dialogue
Erik Molnár, the President of the Council of the Central European Consular Corps said at its inaugural meeting.
The President further stated that
regional cooperation would also play a very important role in the recovery from the socio-economic shock caused by the coronavirus pandemic and expressed the hope that all members of the Council would make their best endeavours to help to advance regional cooperation.
Although its first event in Budapest was cancelled because of the coronavirus, the members of the Council kept in touch with each other via regular videoconferences during quarantine and worked throughout that period to prepare for the post-pandemic period.
Furthermore, 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 Erik Molnár, the President of the Council of the Central European Consular Corps (CCECC) pointed out, for instance, science, education, research, agriculture, sports, arts, tourism, sending visiting professors, organising training courses and conferences will likely play an even more important and prominent role in reopening and resuming life than they did before the outbreak of the coronavirus.
“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.