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Mayor Karácsony Meets With US Chargé d’Affaires at City Hall

Tamás Vaski 2021.01.27.

Mayor of Budapest Gergely Karácsony met with United States Chargé d’Affaires to Hungary Marc Dillard at City Hall, reports US Embassy Budapest’s Facebook page. They discussed the pandemic’s projected impact on 2021, their commitment to bilateral cooperation, and the deep relationship between Hungarians and Americans.

Gergely Karácsony, who is also co-leader of leftist green opposition party Párbeszéd, gave a detailed rundown of their meeting on his official Facebook page. According to him, their discussion revolved around opportunities for cooperation, Budapests’ economic situation, Hungary’s domestic politics, and the capital’s urban diplomacy opportunities, such as those involving the Pact of Free Cities.

The mayor expressed his contentment with the election of Joe Biden, saying that in his character can be found a “commitment towards international cooperation and the protection of democratic values.”

Karácsony spoke for his team when he said he hopes the new administration will commit to the protection of common values such as democracy, rule of law, human rights, and the freedom of press.

Accordingly, the mayor said that both him and Chargé d’Affaires Dillard are interested in rebuilding transatlantic relations and urban cooperation between the two nations.

Karácsony: Local Governance under Threat in Hungary
Karácsony: Local Governance under Threat in Hungary

Local governance and the relationship between the central government and local councils constitutes the “frontline of Hungarian domestic politics” today, Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony told an online conference on Thursday. Local governance is important to all democrats, the mayor said, adding, however that it was now under threat in Hungary. “Democracy is being systematically wound […]Continue reading

2021 is especially unique, he emphasized, since this year celebrates the 100th anniversary of US-Hungarian diplomatic relations.

In the featured photo, Karácsony Gergely meets with US Chargé d’Affaires Marc Dillard at City Hall on January 25, 2021. Featured photo via US Embassy Budapest’s Facebook page.