HUNGARIAN ATLANTIC COUNCIL (HAC)
A new Presidency of the Hungarian Atlantic Council was elected on 12 December of 2012, as follows:
Professor Sylvester E. Vizi
Member of the Academy of Sciences
dr. András Levente Gál
dr. Ilona Hardy
dr. Réka Szemerkényi
dr. István Szent-Iványi
dr. János Stadler
The Hungarian Atlantic Council was established in 1992 as a non-profit non-governmental organisation. In 1999 it was reorganised as a public benefit organisation, based on Hungarian legislation. Its original mission was to promote Hungary's NATO accession and to contribute to the broadest possible acceptance of Euro-Atlantic principles and values in Hungarian society. In a referendum held in 1997, the Hungarian population approved the country's NATO accession with 85 percent in favour. To this date, this has been the highest rate of endorsement of a NATO accession in any candidate country.
The present activity of the Council aims at integrating into Hungarian public life of the Euro-Atlantic principles. Focusing on practical matters, the Council seeks to disseminate relevant knowledge and credible information. Its primary goal is to strengthen Atlantic cooperation with other member states, bearing also in mind the continuity, the traditions and cultural features of Hungarian history.
Within this framework, its tasks are:
- to promote cooperation among European and North American democratic countries
- to disseminate the basic European values and principles in Hungarian society
- to act as an intellectual centre for the creation of cohesion among all organisations acting on the basis of similar commitments
- to represent Hungary at international fora which pursue Atlantic orientations
- to inform partner countries about Hungary's historical past and traditions and, equally, about its commitment to the Euro-Atlantic principles
- to provide information to partner countries about Hungary's role in the community of European states, as well as in the family of democratic countries across the globe
The Hungarian Atlantic Council believes that it is necessary to harmonize the Atlantic and the national idea, the joint representation of which may also have an important significance in creating social consensus within Hungarian society.
The Council seeks to promote a wider interpretation of the concept of "security" which emphasizes the importance of nuclear security, of a rational use of resources, as well as of energy stocks and reserves. This approach also pays attention to aspects of climate change, to terrorism, human rights and the issues of civil protection.
The Hungarian Youth Atlantic Council (HYAT) was established in 1995 as the youth section of the Hungarian Atlantic Council. It considers as its core task to provide relevant information to the public in secondary and higher educational institutions and to young professionals .The HYAT takes part in spreading the ideas of Atlanticism and of international cooperation, in line with the activities of the Youth Atlantic Treaty Association (YATA) unfolding within the framework of the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA).
The Hungarian Atlantic Council is a full-fledged member of the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA).
- Iván Bába
- Péter Ákos Bod
- György Csóti
- Csaba Ferencz
- Tamás Katona
- Tibor Kiss
- Gyula Kodolányi
- Ferenc Mádl
- György Osváth
- Gábor Perjés
- Ágnes Szent-Iványi
- Csaba Varga
- Márta Varga