What do you like about Europe?
Diversity: various cultural and historical places as well as events in few hours travel time. At this part of the world, something is always going on. 🙂
What did your country give to Europe (music, literature, theater, politics …)?
Founder of Hungary, István the First (975-1038), who became a saint of both Western and Eastern Catholic Churches. Báthory family (13-17. century), which were governors of Poland, Lithuania, Transylvania and Hungary. Ferenc Liszt (1811-1886), composer, pianist and conductor. Author of 1400+ masterpieces. János Neumann (1903-1957) and János Kemény (1926-1992), mathematicians, founder of Computer Science. István Szabó (*1938), filmdirector and screenwriter. Author of Mephisto (1981) and Sunshine (1999) among other films. Andy Vajna (1944-2019), film producer. Executive producer of Rambo2 (1985) Rambo3 (1988), Evita (1996), Terminator3 (2003), Basic instinct (2006), Terminator films (2007-2010). Famous Hungarian companies nowadays: Prezi, LogMeIn, Wizzair, Docler Holding, OTP Bank, MOL, Richter Gedeon Pharmaceuticals.
What did Europe give to your country (generals, kings and queens, artists, concepts …)?
Blessed Gisela of Bavaria (985-1065), first queen of Hungary. Traditionally her marriage to István the First is considered the beginning of the Bavarian-Hungarian friendship.
Miklós Zrínyi (1620-1664), born in Croatia: military leader, statesman and poet. Writer of Peril of Sziget (1651). Ádám Clark (1811-1856), born in Scotland: engineer, designer of Budapest Chain bridge, which was the longest bridge of the world that time. Gudbrand Gregersen (1824-1910), born in Norway: engineer, bridgemaker and designer of the old National Theater.
In terms of concepts:
– state hierarchy from Germany
– numbers from Arabs
– alphabet from Italy (Roman times)
– spa and thermal bath culture from Turkey (Ottoman empire)
– religion from Italy/Vatican (Western Cath.), Switzerland (Calvinist), Turkey (Eastern Cath.)
– balls and classic dances from Austria (Habsburg times).
In result of your time at JCI: What did you love about JCI?
Wherever I go, there are friends: either they have been, or they will be. Let’s give an example: I was approached for this interview as Hungarian, but hereby I have to say thank you to JCI Norway: when JCI Hungary got disaffiliated in 2015, they offered me to continue my membership there. Moreover, I received my senatorship last autumn from my chapter in Trondheim and JCI Norway.
What do you love about the Senate?
Having yet only a few months as a senator, I can talk about my home Senate in Norway, which has been extreme open and welcoming.
What is your vision for Europe in 2044, the 75th anniversary of the European Senate?
The best continent to live in: social security, low unemployment rate, integrated minorities, peace among countries and taking care of the environment.
What is the action you take to make that vision happen?
The current project I’m working for, is in April 2019: a two day long international conference on Young Leaders in Europe: first day includes JCI related partner organisations, trade chambers and foreign ambassador is giving keynote. The second day is focusing on stepping up for Europe.