Ministry of Human Capacities

Zoltán Balog

Minister of Human Capacities

Leading news

Holocaust education is becoming increasingly important as the number of Holocaust survivors grows ever fewer

Ministry of Human Capacities, April 24, 2017 4:20 PM

“The role of education in preserving the past is becoming increasingly important as the number of Holocaust survivors grows ever fewer” said Minister of State for Education László Palkovics, who is representing the Hungarian Government at the commemorative International March of the Living being held between Auschwitz and Birkenau on Monday.

Google expands digital workshop programme to include Hungarian SME sector

Ministry of Human Capacities, April 20, 2017 6:33 PM

“Google is expanding its digital workshop programme to include Hungarian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and plans to contact at least 15,000 SMEs this year to contribute to the development of their online skills via its online teaching platform and through providing personal advice and organising conferences”, Director of Google Hungary Edina heal said at a press conference on Thursday in Budapest.

Major drop in the number of abortions

Ministry of Human Capacities, April 19, 2017 12:02 PM


“Thanks to our family policy efforts there has been a huge drop in the number of abortions in Hungary during the past six years: prior to 2010 the average number of abortions exceeded 40 thousand for many years, but has now fallen to 30 thousand-a-year”, the Ministry of Human Capacities’ Minister of State for Churches, Minorities and Civil Affairs said on Tuesday in Székesfehérvár.

Civil society is embodiment of social goodwill in Hungary

Ministry of Human Capacities, April 13, 2017 3:41 PM

The organisations of civil society are the embodiment of social goodwill in Hungary. By helping these organisations, the Government itself is able to support families in need more effectively and more successfully, the Deputy State Secretary responsible for church, nationality and civil society relations at the Ministry of Human Capacities stated at the inauguration of the programme Family Resources Centre on Thursday in Püspökladány.

Declaring Good Friday a public holiday raises awareness

Ministry of Human Capacities, April 13, 2017 12:24 PM

“Declaring Good Friday a public holiday raises awareness of the fact that it is worth thinking about the deeper meaning of this day”, the Minister of Human Capacities said in an interview for the Hungarian Reformed Church’s weekly magazine Reformátusok Lapja.

There are ways for CEU’s lawful operation

Ministry of Human Capacities, April 13, 2017 10:04 AM

There may be several ways for the CEU (Central European University) to operate in Hungary in a form other than its present one, in compliance with the relevant regulations, the State Secretary for Education of the Ministry of Human Capacities said on the programme 180 minutes of Kossuth Rádió on Thursday.

Positions of the Government and the European Commission have converged

Ministry of Human Capacities, April 12, 2017 11:19 AM


The positions of the Hungarian Government and the European Commission regarding the amendment of the higher education legislation last week have converged, State Secretary for Education László Palkovics informed the Hungarian news agency MTI on Tuesday in Brussels after he had talks with Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission. According to the State Secretary, the First Vice-President of the European Commission understood the arguments of the Hungarian Government.

We trust that Brussels will not assist the deceptive Soros campaign

Ministry of Human Capacities, April 11, 2017 11:20 AM

“There is a misleading and false Soros campaign going on with relation to the Soros university. The first lie of this campaign is that if the amended Act on Higher Education comes into force then the Soros university will be forced to close. This is not true, and according to the new Hungarian regulations it will continue to operate, launch new courses and issue diplomas”, Minister of State for Education László Palkovics informed EU Commissioner for Education Tibor Navracsics in Brussels, and with regard to which he also held discussions with Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans.

Statement on the terrorist attacks against Coptic Christians on Palm Sunday

Ministry of Human Capacities, April 9, 2017 6:50 PM

Hungary was extremely shocked to hear about the latest terrorist attacks against the Coptic Christian community in Egypt, which occurred while people were at Mass on Palm Sunday in the Mar Guirguis Church in Tanta, north of Cairo, and a few hours ago in Alexandria. According to news reports the attacks have claimed over 30 lives and injured at least 50 people.