E. Sylvester Vizi re-elected
at the helm of HAC
The Hungarian Atlantic Council (HAC) held its general meeting to renew its board, in which unanimous votes were cast to re-elect for an additional term as president, Academician Prof. Dr. E. Sylvester Vizi. The HAC membership also elected the vice-presidents and decided on the chairman of the supervisory committee and its officers.
Pursuant to the statutes of HAC, a general meeting to elect officers is held every third year, and the meeting was held this time in the building of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. In his keynote address, the president of HAC gave an assessment of the period under his leadership, which he considered as essentially successful. He noted that the Hungarian Atlantic Council had a good reputation both with the government, the institutions, as well as the social entities and the citizens. E. Sylvester Vizi highlighted the cooperation with the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and also spoke about the establishment of outstanding relations with the Ministry of Human Capacities over the last year. He also took note of the cooperation with the missions of NATO allies accredited in Hungary, with emphasis on the active role of the Embassy of the United States of America in the events organized by HAC, and in particular on the good personal relations between HE Ambassador Colleen Bell and the HAC. "The Hungarian Government attaches great significance to the activities of HAC, operating as an NGO, which held several significant conferences and events last year and provided a possibility for promoting the Atlantic ideas and spirit" - stated the president of HAC. Following the reports by the president and the supervisory committee, the officers of the Council were elected, with unanimous votes cast in favour of re-electing the president in his capacity.
The general meeting also elected the vice-presidents of the HAC: Anna Felkai, Ilona Hardy, Réka Szemerkényi, Ágnes Szentiványi, György Csóti, André Erdős, István Szent-Iványi and Péter Siklósi have joined the presidium. Árpád Kovács was elected as chairman and János Stadler and Dávid Vogel were elected as members of the Supervisory Committee. After the renewal of the presidium E. Sylvester Vizi thanked the membership for the confidence and went on to confirm: HAC will continue to devote its activities to promoting awareness of Hungary's membership in NATO and the related tasks as well as the dissemination of knowledge about the North Atlantic alliance.
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Speech by Péter Siklósi, Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, vice-president of the Hungarian Atlantic Council at the 18th International Parliamentary NATO Conference Hungarian National Assembly, on 28 November 2014, Budapest
Péter Siklósi's speech at the NATO conference
Letter from the President
Dear ATA Members and Friends,
The year 2011 will be a crucial year for the Atlantic Treaty Association as well as NATO. The implementation process of the new Strategic Concept which was adopted last fall in Lisbon will be a major step in making NATO ready for future threats and challenges. The work is not done yet and it is in all of our interest to support this process as much as we can.
In regards to the ATA I am looking forward to a wide range of activities from our national chapters. After the very successful year of 2010 I hope that we can continue our work with the same effort this year. The ATA has an important contribution to make concerning the understanding of the alliance and its objectives. I therefore encourage each and every member of the different national chapters to participate and help to improve the public understanding of NATO. In Lisbon we have experienced a historic stage of cohesion within the alliance and it is important to make NATO's importance clear to people in all member states and beyond.
I personally look forward to several visits and occasions to meet friends from all over the Atlantic community. In March I will be visiting the Greek Association for Atlantic and European Cooperation in Athens and participate in the GLOBSEC Conference in Bratislava. It would be a pleasure to meet many of you there. In May it will be an honor to welcome delegations from all ATA member states as well as associate and observing member states to the meeting of the Council in Brussels. Finally, I am in excited anticipation for the meeting of the General Assembly this fall in Tirana, Albania. It will be a fantastic possibility to discuss the current challenges and developments as well as to gather around friends from different national chapters.
I am looking forward to productive discussions and a great experience in Tirana.
I hope that you will enjoy this first newsletter of the New Year and wish all of you a pleasant spring. It would be a pleasure to see many of you during this year's activities of ATA and its member associations.
All the best,
Dr: Karl A. Lamers, MdB
The recent GLOBSEC 2011
Bratislava Global Security Forum, which took place in early March,
reaffirmed its position as one of the leading foreign policy and
security events in Europe. The reactions and feedback from
discussants, guests and media clearly show that this year's GLOBSEC
has successfully assumed a position among the leading conferences of
its kind in the transatlantic region. The 6th annual GLOBSEC Forum
has been the biggest in its history and took place simultaneously
with the Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Visegrad
Group and the Eastern Partnership countries in Bratislava.
During the three days,
70 discussants, including 20 present and former ministers and deputy
ministers of foreign affairs and defence, participated in 7
discussion sessions, 6 informal Night Owl Sessions and several dinner
break-out sessions in Bratislava's restaurants, all of which
initiated fruitful debates on key foreign policy, economic and
security issues. More than 700 registered guests from more than 40
countries were able to take part in these sessions. Moreover, the
transfer of GLOBSEC's venue to the new premises of the Kempinski
Hotel River Park Bratislava contributed to a significant rise of the
event's political importance. More than 40 multilateral and bilateral
political and expert meetings facilitated by the organisers provided
the GLOBSEC with a unique added value in the form of strong corridor
diplomacy and reaffirmed the event's high political significance.
Approximately 70 journalists from all over Europe contributed to
extensive media coverage of the Forum and we facilitated dozens of
interviews, discussions and press conferences. This year, the Forum
was again followed live on the Internet by several thousands of
people, whereas we used available social networks to provide an flow
of updated information before and during the event.
A number of interesting
ideas, opinions and views on various topics were discussed at GLOBSEC
2011, ranging from the future of Belarus and Ukraine, importance of
the Visegrad region in terms of the EU and its position in
transatlantic relations, post-crisis Eurozone, cyber and energy
security, future of the Alliance after the Lisbon Summit, Russia-US
relations all the way to the issue of climate change as a security
However, the ambition
of the GLOBSEC Bratislava Global Security Forum is not only to create
space for interesting and thought-provoking discussions. We are
making an effort to spread the best and most memorable ideas and
opinions from the Forum and in this way we want, in the long term, to
contribute to the process of shaping the transatlantic strategic
debate from the Central European perspective. Therefore we recommend
you a summary from the event containing dynamic discussions on key
current issues of international relations in a comprehensive form.
Please, find the summary attached or at the website:
We believe that it will provide you with inspiration and information
relevant to your work. We will be glad if you spread the messages
from GLOBSEC during your speeches, while writing articles, blogs or
in communication via Facebook or Twitter.
In addition to
summaries, you can also find complete video recordings on the website
www.globsec.org and on YouTube
allow you to experience all main discussions from this year's
GLOBSEC. A picture gallery, series of GLOBSEC Policy Briefs and media
monitoring are also accessible at the website.
We believe that the above-mentioned materials will prove to be useful
Greetings from Prime Minister Viktor Orbán,
as president of the European Council
over the ruins of war and hatred, bringing Communism to its knees,
reunifying Europe, creating a new global currency, building the
common and unified economic region of 500 million people and 27
nations was clearly more difficult than the work that awaits us
Where are the snows of
yesterday! When I, as a representative of my country, used to
participate in the summits of the prime ministers of the European Union
before 2002, we were all filled with enthusiasm, optimism, historical
commitment towards the reunification of Europe, pride over the
historical achievement of introducing the euro, the preemption of
another victorious era of the ancient civilization of Europe.
When the doors of rooms hosting European summits opened to me once
again in the summer of 2010, I was received by faces marked by worry,
foreheads wrinkled with concern, speeches about the insecure future,
statesmen and stateswomen urging help and retreating into crisis
talks. And all this was accompanied by the background music of the
creaking and cracking of the joints of the euro.
An optimistic era came to end, a mission was completed, the fuel
tanks of the great devotion are depleted, the carrier rockets had to
come to a crash landing.
It would not be reasonable to complain about the unjust and unlucky
turn of fate. After all, this is how the life cycle of great
civilizations, ancient cultures and world champion economic systems
is. Soaring missions are followed by critical ebbs, the search for
the road full of doubt, and then the cathartic, supporting and
self-confident years of finding the new mission.
This was how Providence defined the mission of constructing peace
over the ruins of the second World War in Europe; and this was how
the case of reunifying the European continent became our mission
after the collapse of Communism, including the introduction of the
euro, the most important steel hinge keeping the unified Europe
together, which also promised to be the strongest.
The era of almost two decades of a triumphant march was replaced by
the tectonic movements of globalization that led to the
redistribution of global markets. The task that the European Union is
facing is not complicated; it is just difficult. We should manage the
crises of national economies that seem to escalate; we should apply a
successful crisis management exercise to stabilize the euro and turn
it into the most reliable currency in the world; and we should renew
the economic system so that it is competitive with its new rivals who
are fuelled by ambition and driven by a hunger for success.
The six-month work of the Belgian presidency was similar to the
successful start of a running race: now the Hungarians must fight for
an advantage in the laps, while Poland will have to be strong on the
Fitting back into the special linguistic universe of eurocrats this
means that while the crisis management taskforce and the
’Europe 2020’ strategy was accepted under the Belgian
presidency, the modification of the treaty should be done and the
permanent crisis management mechanism should be established under the
Hungarian presidency. During the same period, the operation of the
European Economic Semester must be launched and the doors to full
employment and the respect of work and production must be opened; and
then under the Polish Presidency, with a dashing gallop, the tools
must be created of the financial framework for the next seven years
that make these objectives achievable.
That’s all. It is difficult, but not at all impossible.
Building friendship over the ruins of war and hatred, bringing
Communism to its knees, reunifying Europe, creating a new global
currency, building the common and unified economic region of 500
million people and 27 nations was clearly more difficult than the
work that awaits us now. Why shouldn’t we then be optimistic?
The Hungarian Presidency of
the Council of the EU in the first half of 2011 will do everything to
make the Europe 2020 strategy successful, declares Prime Minister
Viktor Orbán in an exclusive
interview for the Council website.
of Defence from NATO’s Countries
meet in Slovakia for annual Conference
Mr. Lamers ATA
the same roof
a sphere of security in wider Central Europe: Sharing the V4 know-how
in cooperation on security with the neighbouring regions”
8-9 April 2010
Final Draft - V4 ATA Presidents Declaration
April, 2010, Budapest