Welcome to the website of the Embassy of Hungary in Brussels!
Our Embassy is accredited to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. Its primary mission is to enhance and foster political alliances, business partnerships and friendships with the two host countries.
As for the political alliances, Belgium and Luxembourg together with Hungary are members of the European Union and NATO. Thus, Hungary and the host countries belong to the same political community and military alliance. Our objective is to turn this political alliance between our countries into tangible results in concrete matters pertaining to global issues and the future of the European Union, as well as in the specific issues of our bilateral relations.
Our goal is to strengthen the business partnerships: on the one hand, to encourage those respected Belgian and Luxembourg companies who are already present in the Hungarian market to maintain their presence (for example pharmaceutical industry, financial services, lighting technologies, furniture industry), to carry out further investments and also to attract new investors. On the other hand, it is also important to encourage and support the establishment of Hungarian companies, especially small and medium sized enterprises to the Belgian and Luxembourg market. Our aim is to increase mutual trade, strengthen economic growth and, through these measures, boost employment.
These goals cannot be successfully achieved without friendly relations between our countries and our citizens. During the turbulent centuries of Hungarian history many of our fellow citizens found refuge and new home here and have become respected members of the local society. We remember the receipt of thousands of Hungarian children for holiday in Belgium after World War I, or the emigration after the Hungarian revolution in 1956. Nowadays, an increasing number of Hungarians benefit from the free movement of persons within the European Union and choose to settle down here. Furthermore, every year, more and more Hungarian tourists arrive to this corner of the world, and more and more Belgian and Luxembourg tourists get acquainted with Hungary's natural, cultural and culinary treasures. The Cultural Service of the Embassy, the Liszt Institute, Hungarian Cultural Center Brussels also plays an important role in this regard (http://culture.hu/en/brussels).
Hungary is one of the few countries in the world that have established contractual relationships with all federal entities of Belgium. We have concluded cooperation agreements with Flanders in 1995, with the Walloon Region and the French Community in 1997, and with the German-speaking Community in 2002. Accordingly, even though the Embassy's political mission is primarily carried out in Brussels, fostering the economic, political, cultural and scientific cooperation in the Flemish and Walloon regions as well as in Luxembourg also constitute our daily task.
Although Hungarian diplomacy is focused on promoting Hungary’s political and economic interests and on helping the successful cooperation with the host countries, it still remains an important task to take care of the significant Hungarian expatriate community – with the EU institutions workers – nearly 20.000 people living in Belgium and Luxembourg, as well as of consular functions related to the protection of the interests of our visiting compatriots. Despite an outstanding number of cases, even in comparison with other Western European capitals, our consular service carries out its duties efficiently and to the general satisfaction of our customers, executing a wide range of tasks (e.g. citizenship and birth register-related tasks; issuing new travel documents; diplomatic authentication; certification of documents).
My colleagues and I will strive to pursue Hungary’s national interests by operating a modern embassy in accordance with the most beautiful traditions of diplomacy that will - at the same time - meet the contemporary challenges. The Embassy will work towards strengthening our bilateral ties proactively by applying innovative methods, a customer-friendly approach. We work in close co-operation with all other Hungarian representations in Brussels: the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the European Union, and the Permanent Delegation of Hungary to NATO.
With this aim in mind, we are committed to providing you with as much useful and regularly updated information as possible on our website, as well as on the Embassy's Facebook page.Facebook oldalán.
It is my honor to be at the service of all Hungarian citizens, as well as our friends from Belgium and Luxembourg, and we appreciate all supportive and helping remarks and opinions.
Dr. Tamás Iván KOVÁCS, Ambassador Extraordinary and PlenipotentiaryAmbassador's Curriculum Vitae
News & Highlights
The Foreign Economic Office of the Embassy of Hungary in Brussels, in cooperation with the Flemish Investment and Trade Agency and the Port of Antwerp-Bruges Port Authority, organised a business reception for Hungarian and Belgian transport and logistics companies at the Honorary Consulate of Antwerp on 16 November. On the occasion, Ari Epstein, Honorary Consul of Hungary in Flanders, H.E. Ambassador dr. Tamás Iván Kovács and Dorottya Bősze, Head of the Commercial Section, welcomed the participants.
Ambassador's meeting with the Minister-President and the President of the Parliament of the German-speaking Community in Belgium
On 15 November, Day of the German-speaking Community in Belgium, H.E. Ambassador Tamás Iván Kovács personally conveyed the best wishes of Hungary to H.E. Minister-President Oliver Paasch and H.E. Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the Parliament.
On 10 November, H.E. Ambassador Tamás Iván Kovács represented Hungary at the traditional Flemish Peace Institute lecture organised on the occasion of Armistice Day in Ypres. The event also provided a great opportunity to meet with Ms. Emmily Talpe, Mayor of Ypres, and Mr. Ward Kennes, Mayor of Kasterlee.
On 10 November, H.E. Ambassador Tamás Iván Kovács attended an EU Heads of Mission event organised in Belgium within the framework of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Tinne Van der Straeten, Minister of Energy as the guest of honour of the event briefed the participants on the Hydrogen Strategy of Belgium, the current challenges and possible solutions to the energy crisis.
From the Aranybulla (Hungarian Magna Charta, 1222) to the European constitutional values - Conference
On 8 November, H.E. Ambassador Tamás Iván Kovács attended a conference on National constitutional heritage and European integration, entitled From the Aranybulla (Hungarian Magna Charta, 1222) to the European constitutional values. This year Hungary celebrates the 800th anniversary of the Golden Bull (Aranybulla), one of its most emblematic constitutional regulations. To commemorate this, an international conference was held on the role and significance of constitutional heritage. The event was organised by the Brussels Office of the Foundation for a Civic Hungary together with Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary and the European Public Law Organization. Several MEPs participated in the conference and took part in the panel discussion, including László Trócsányi, Kinga Gál and François-Xavier Bellamy. The closing remarks were delivered by H.E. Ambassador Tamás Iván Kovács.
On 8 November, H.E. Ambassador Tamás Iván Kovács met with H.E. Herman van Rompuy who had served as Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Belgium (2008-2009) and first President of the European Council (2009-2014).