Consular News – March

written by Katalin Pearman, Honorary Consul

What is proof of Hungarian citizenship?

The following are the proofs of Hungarian citizenship:

  • A valid Hungarian ID card.
  • A valid Hungarian passport. If your passport has expired, you may still use it as proof of Hungarian citizenship for one year following the date of its expiry.
  • A valid Hungarian citizenship certificate.
  • A certificate of naturalization, until proven otherwise.
  • The registry of personal data and addresses.

Your data is included in the registry if you have a so-called address card or if you previously had a Hungarian personal number.

A Hungarian birth certificate or marriage certificate in itself does not prove Hungarian citizenship!

Memorial Day for the Victims of Communism

February 25 marks Hungary’s Memorial Day for the Victims of Communism. Notable individuals within the Hungarian government, as well as some opposition parties, have commemorated the victims of Soviet Occupation and Hungarian communism throughout the 20th century. The death toll of communist regimes is estimated at 100 million worldwide. In Central and Eastern Europe, the number of those who lost their lives to famine, forced labor camps, or cruel executions surpasses 1 million.

The 30th Anniversary of the Visegrád Group (V4) 

The 4 member countries of the Visegrád Group (Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and the Slovak Republic) held a summit to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the V4. The Prime Ministers of the member countries signed an anniversary declaration which, among others, aims to further strengthen intergovernmental cooperation for the benefit of citizens, as well as the European Union and NATO. At the V4 summit held in Krakow the leaders of Visegrad Group welcomed the attendance of the President of the European Council Charles Michel. 

A virtual information exchange center has also been set up by the V4, through which they will coordinate about COVID-19 control on a weekly basis.

The US Department of State issued a congratulatory message on the 30th anniversary of the V4 Group:

“The United States congratulates the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia on 30 years of partnership in the Visegrád Group (V4) format.  As NATO Allies and EU member states, V4 countries play important roles in strengthening Central Europe and the Transatlantic Alliance.  Since its establishment in 1991 to support accession to NATO and the European Union, the V4 has amplified the collective voices of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia on important regional issues, including by supporting the Euro-Atlantic integration of the Western Balkans and the EU’s Eastern Partnership countries through International Visegrád Fund programs to strengthen democratic institutions and civil society.  The United States looks forward to continued dialogue with the Visegrád Group to address shared challenges, including fighting and recovering from the global pandemic; improving cyber and energy security; combating climate change; countering disinformation and malign influence; and strengthening democratic institutions, the rule of law, and independent media.”

In Memoriam: László Bőjtös 1931-2021
(excerpts from the Hungarian American Coalition press release of February 26, 2021, contributed by Katalin Pearman, Honorary Consul)

The Hungarian American community mourns the loss of a true Hungarian patriot who gave so much of himself in public service, both in the United States and Hungary. László Bőjtös, Honorary Consul General of Hungary, former Chairman and Board member of the Hungarian American Coalition, founding member of the Hungarian Communion of Friends (MBK), outstanding architect passed away on February 23, 2021. He was 89 years old.

He and his wife were among 200,000 Hungarians who escaped to the West following the 1956 Revolution. They settled in Cleveland where László eventually established a successful architectural practice. Over the years, he designed and built many buildings, among them eight churches – five in Ohio, two in Illinois and one in Pennsylvania.

László made major contributions to Hungarian American organizations. He served as Chairman of the American Hungarian Federation and was elected President of the Magyar Club of Cleveland three times. He served on the Hungarian American Coalition Board since the early 1990s.  In 1992 he became Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Hungary.
 
In the Cleveland community, it was well-known that the Bőjtös family hosted every major Hungarian writer, artist, and opposition politician (both before and after the fall of Communism in 1989). Their guestbook is a historic record with entries from over 80 visitors, including many Hungarian intellectual and civic leaders. He often expressed his deeply-held belief: it is possible to keep one’s Hungarian identity anywhere if we create a Hungarian world for ourselves. His legacy is an inspiration to all of us. May he rest in peace.

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