Ministry of Human Capacities

Zoltán Balog

Minister of Human Capacities

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Benefits for people working in Austria cannot be reduced unilaterally

Ministry of Human Capacities, March 23, 2017 9:52 AM

“If a country is dissatisfied, it still cannot act unilaterally, it must do so in agreement with the other member States”, Minister of Human Capacities Zoltán Balog declared on ORF Austrian public television’s news programme late on Tuesday evening in reaction to the fact that the Austrian Government is planning to reduce the benefits paid to Hungarians working in Austria by changing the regulations of family benefits.

Israeli visit strengthens relationship between the two countries

Ministry of Human Capacities, March 21, 2017 7:53 AM

During his visit to Israel, Minister of Human Capacities Zoltán Balog held negotiations on inter-ministerial agreements and met with representatives and organisations from the Israeli Hungarian community.

Countdown clock to 2017 FINA World Aquatics Championships officially started

Ministry of Human Capacities, March 20, 2017 9:28 AM

The official clock counting down to the 2017 FINA World Aquatics Championships was started at a few minutes before 10 a.m. on Sunday afternoon on Erzsébet Square in Budapest.

Zoltán Balog praises common Hungarian-Jewish past and speaks about future cooperation in Tel Aviv

Ministry of Human Capacities, March 17, 2017 1:55 PM

Speaking in Tel Aviv before representatives of the local Hungarian community, Minister of Human Capacities Zoltán Balog highlighted the two peoples’ love of freedom, praised the heyday of Jewish life in Hungary and spoke about passing on traditions to future generations and about successful cooperation between Hungary and Israel at a reception at the Hungarian Embassy in Tel Aviv on Thursday evening.

Non-governmental facts: increasing grants, decreasing administration

Ministry of Human Capacities, March 6, 2017 12:11 PM

Facts are important gauges, even if some organisations which enjoy György Soros’s support do not take this view. As regards non-governmental organisations seeking to build communities, however, two factual processes have taken place in recent periods: there has been an increase in grants and a decrease in the unduly excessive administration, Attila Fülöp, Deputy State Secretary for church, nationality and civil society relations said in his lecture delivered at the conference of the Society for Public Administration Studies held in Vonyarcvashegy. Mr Fülöp highlighted that the majority of the more than 60 thousand Hungarian non-governmental organisations receive state grants for their operations.

Crimes of communism are shame of Europe

Ministry of Human Capacities, February 27, 2017 11:39 AM

There will be European unity and a genuine dialogue when Western-Europe is both able and prepared to regard the crimes of communism, together with the crimes of Nazism, as the shame of Europe, Minister of Human Capacities Zoltán Balog stressed at the Sunday inauguration ceremony of the Malenky Robot Memorial erected at the Ferencváros Railway Station in Budapest.

Hungary plans to become a centre for efforts to combat Christian persecution

Ministry of Human Capacities, January 28, 2017 3:20 PM

“Hungary wants to become a centre for organisations working to combat the persecution of Christians”, the Ministry of Human Capacities’ Parliamentary State Secretary declared at an international conference entitled: “New Opportunities for Solidarity in the Interests of Discriminated Christian Communities”.

We must fight against prejudice on a daily basis

Ministry of Human Capacities, January 28, 2017 11:03 AM

“The Holocaust is an eternal lesson that it is our duty to fight against prejudice on a daily basis to ensure that the souls and thoughts of future, upcoming generations are never again dominated by delusions and misconceptions”, Minister of State for Education László Palkovics declared at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Budapest on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

It was important that pensioners, too, should perceive strengthening of Hungary

Ministry of Human Capacities, January 6, 2017 9:26 AM

It was an important goal of the Government that pensioners, too, should perceive the strengthening of Hungary, Bence Rétvári, Minister of State at the Ministry of Human Capacities said at his press conference.