Consular News in October

Reported by Katalin Pearman, Honorary Consul

Katalin Karikó was elected a member of the French Académie des Sciences

Katalin Karikó, alumna and research professor at the University of Szeged, the world-famous biochemist who laid the foundations of mRNA medical technology with her discoveries, became a new member of the French scientific body and gave her inaugural lecture at the inaugural ceremony on June 14, 2022. The French scientific community and the public pay close attention and acknowledge Katalin Karikó’s research achievements in many ways. The French national television news channel BFM TV was one of the first to produce a documentary about the alumna of the University of Szeged, entitled “The woman who could save the world.” Katalin Karikó is the laureate of the 24th L’Oréal-UNESCO International Prize for Women and Science and has also received the Grande Médaille, the most prestigious award in French scientific public life.

Source: Hungarians Abroad

A new border crossing at Nagyszalonta

On 18 October, the Romania-Hungary bilateral working group met in Oradea (Nagyvárad) to discuss the implementation of the intergovernmental agreements signed by Romania and Hungary. The Arad-Oradea expressway will be extended by about seven kilometers to establish a new border crossing in Transylvania at Nagyszalonta.

Source: Daily National Policy Press Review

Hungarian wine successes

Zelna Winery’s 2021 “olaszrizling” varietal wine won platinum recognition at one of the world’s prestigious wine competitions. For the 19th Edition of the Decanter World Wine Awards in London, more than 18 thousand items from 54 countries were nominated by wineries this year. During the 100-point jury, the 250-strong wine expert jury awarded gold medals only over 95 points, while the gold medals were re-tasted to reward the platinum prize to the most outstanding entrants. Zelna Winery produces organic wines from Balatonfüred, and the fact that their 2021 “olaszrizling” was also included in the platinum medalists is a huge success for the entire Hungarian wine culture. This is the first time that the Hungarian varietal wine “olaszrizling” (literally Italian Riesling) has won such a high level of recognition.

On October 16, 2022 in Florence, Italy, the 2022 Golden Vines® Best Fine Wine Producer in Europe Award went to Szepsy Winery, Tokaj, Hungary.  Additionally, the Macallan Golden Vines® Hall of Fame Award was awarded to István Szepsy, Tokaj, Hungary. 943 leading fine wine professionals from 106 countries completed detailed surveys for the 2022 Gérard Basset Global Fine Wine Report, as well as voting for the winners of The Golden Vines® Awards. The Report is based on more than 135,000 data points deconstructed from over 35,000 responses received from the contributors.

Source: HírTV / Wine Industry Advisor

Remote consular day planned for Seattle

No date has been announced yet, but there are plans for another Remote Consular Day in Seattle toward the end of this year. If you have had email communication with the Honorary Consulate in Seattle in the past year to two, you are most likely already on the mailing list and don’t have to do anything at this time, just wait for the announcement. For those who haven’t had any contact with me and would like to be notified, please send an email to with “Interested in Remote Consular Day” in the subject line, so I can add you to the mailing list and notify you once the date is set.

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