The Permanent Representation of Hungary to the European Union plays a central role in exercising rights deriving from the EU membership, fulfilling obligations and representing effectively the Hungarian interests. As primary duty, the Permanent Representation is taking part in the elaboration and representation of the Hungarian position in EU decision making.
Supervised by the Minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office, its structure reflects the organization of the Hungarian government: attachés from every ministry and several national agencies can be found among our staff.
Similarly to the other EU Member States’ permanent representations, three ambassadors are serving at the Permanent Representation of Hungary:
Ambassador Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative, H.E. Dr. Olivér VÁRHELYI has been leading the establishment since 1st October 2015. His main task is representing Hungary in the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER II.), which is dealing – among others – with justice and home affairs, trade policy and economic and financial issues, and also responsible for preparing meetings of the European Council.
Ambassador Plenipotentiary, Deputy Permanent Representative H.E. Dr. Tibor STELBACZKY represents the Hungarian Government in the COREPER I., which is responsible for key sectoral policies as agriculture, fisheries, environment, transport, telecommunication, employment, social affairs, energy, competition, education, youth and culture.
The Hungarian member of the Political and Security Committee is Ambassador Plenipotentiary H.E. Harry Alex RUSZ.
Diplomats of the Permanent Representation work in specific units under the guidance of the three ambassadors. Horizontal issues are covered by our units dealing with legal matters, relations with the European Parliament, the Press, and with protocol.
The organigram of the Permanent Representation can be found here.