FRA Director’s visit to Hungary

The Director of the Fundamental Rights Agency met with various high level officials in Hungary from 5 to 6 October.

During the visit he met the Minister of Interior, State Secretaries in the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Human Capacities. He also had a meeting in the National Assembly. The Director discussed a wide range of issues and ways in which the Agency could provide advice through its expertise and knowledge on such issues as: asylum and the situation of migrants and refugees; security; Roma; and minorities in Hungary.

He met with civil society representatives to hear their concerns and discussed with the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights ways to enhance cooperation with the Agency.

He delivered a public speech at the Central European University on ‘Why Europe still needs human rights?’ to an audience which included diplomats, academics, government officials and civil society representatives. He also visited a Roma settlement outside of Budapest where he viewed the situation of Roma at first hand and talked with Roma community representatives.