The Holocaust has been the greatest trauma for the Hungarian nation, Minister for Foreign Affairs János Martonyi told participants at the conference “Jewish Life and Anti-Semitism in Contemporary Europe.”
Foreign Minister János Martonyi met with Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid on Friday and discussed bilateral and Trans-Atlantic economic links as well as the Middle East peace process.
Deputy Prime Minister Tibor Navracsics spoke at the opening of the conference entitled "Jewish Life and Anti-Semitism in Contemporary Europe" organised by the Tom Lantos Institute in the Hungarian Parliament building in Budapest. Speakers of the event also include Israeli Minister of Finance Yair Lapid, widow of the late Congressman Tom Lantos Mrs Annette Lantos and Minister of State Zsolt Németh from the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Introductory remarks by Zsolt Németh Minister of State for Foreign Affairs on “The political aspects of Jewish life today” at the international conference “Jewish Life and Anti-Semitism in Contemporary Europe”.
The Government is establishing a civil fund with a budget of HUF 1.5 billion, within the framework of which NGOs and local governments may apply for funding with relation to programmes realised during the course of Holocaust Memorial Year 2014, László L. Simon, Head of the National Assembly’s Committee on Cultural and Press Affairs announced on Monday.
Next spring, according to the Government’s plans, a Holocaust memorial site will be constructed at the Józsefváros Train Station in Budapest, Minister of State heading the Prime Minister’s Office János Lázár announced at today’s Holocaust 2014 Memorial Committee meeting.
Hungary is to provide funding to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation as part of the preparation for the Holocaust Memorial Year in Hungary in 2014, and will also take part in the Foundation's International Committee.
The government issued a decree on the establishment of the Child Victims of the Holocaust Memorial – European Education Centre.
In late May, following a series of meetings with Israeli Foreign Ministry officials on the issue of anti-Semitism in Hungary, Zsigmond Perényi chief advisor at the Prime Minister's Office said: Israel is backing Budapest’s quest for chairmanship of International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.
Budapest, 5th May 2013 - 14th Plenary Assembly of the World Jewish Congress