’Diplomacy is not just a great mission but a sort of quality of life or life style’- said Dr. Péter Smuk, Dean of the Faculty of Public Governance and International Studies on the Day of Diplomacy. The date of November 19 was assigned to celebrate this precious event by the Hungarian Government in 2012 and this symbolic date reflects on both our past and present referring to the Congress of Visegrád (1335) and the importance of the V4 cooperation after the regime change.
According to Dr. András Koltay, Rector of NUPS ‘Hungarians make Europe a vivid place to live’. He assumes that the cornerstone of the Hungarian diplomacy is to find the balance among the great powers. He also added that one of the duties of the university is to provide further trainings. To fulfil this requirement the Academy of Diplomacy was founded by the cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the University. The Academy starts in 2020.
The audience were also welcomed by the letter from János Martonyi, former minister of foreign affairs. He raised the question: ‘What does diplomacy mean?’. In his answer the previous foreign minister reckons it’s the relationship with the world, the different states and organizations and mainly with the public. Its main goal is to keep peace, to ensure safety, to build trust and to maintain the partnerships with the world for the sake of the Hungarian state and nation.
Tamás Menczer, State Secretary for Information and International Representation talked about the current trends of the Hungarian diplomacy and the result of the previous years. In his speech he stressed the responsibility of the Hungarian government with regard to the Hungarian minorities in the neighboring states.
Boglárka Koller, Vice Rector for International Affairs, mentioned that the European Union played one of the most important roles in diplomacy and she also commented on the challenges the EU was facing.
Ákos Mernyei, Ministerial Representative for the Coordination of Sectoral and Government Policies gave a presentation about the basics and effects of the strategic planning of the Hungarian government. While Orsolya Pacsay-Tomassich informed us about the role of the Academy of Diplomacy in the future of training public servants. Following the presentations there were four panel discussions about the present and future of the EU, the role of Hungary and V4 countries in the EU and Central Europe, the transatlantic partnership, United States and NATO as well as cultural diplomacy.