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Diplomatic relations between Georgia and Hungary

Chronology of Diplomatic Relations:

Diplomatic relations between Georgia and Hungary were established on 14 May 1992.

Ambassadors of Georgia to Hungary

  • Zaal Gogsadze - 03.11.2018 - to date;
  • Zaza Kandelaki - 05.06.2013 - 1.10.2018
  • Zviad Chumburidze 09.03.2009 –09.03.2013 (with residence in Budapest)
  • Konstantine Jghenti (Charge d'Affairs) (2008)
  • Viktor Dolidze (03.12.2005 -31.12.2007) (with residence in Vienna)
  • Giorgi Arsenishvili (29.12.2001 - 15.07.2004) (with residence in Vienna)

Ambassadors of Hungary to Georgia with residence in Tbilisi

  • Viktória Horváth – 2017 – to date;

  • Sándor Szabó – 21.11.2011 - 2017

  • Gábor Sági - From October 2008 till August 2011

Ambassadors of Hungary to Georgia with residence in Kiev

  • 2008 - Sándor Juhasz
  • 2007-2008 - Andras Barsony
  • 2003-2007 - Janos Tóth
  • 2002-2003 - Ferenc Kontra
  • 1999 – 2002- Ernő Keskeny
  • 1993-1999 - Dyörgy Nanovfszky

The main fields of cooperation:

 

Georgia and Hungary actively cooperate in bilateral as well as multilateral formats. The existing legal framework between the two countries which includes more than fifteen international agreements, facilitates cooperation in the fields of economy and finances, defense, education, tourism, health care, etc.

Cooperation is successful between the legislative bodies. Friendship groups are established in both Parliaments.

Since 2013 the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation has been functioning between Georgia and Hungary with the aim of strengthening economic relations.

Hungarian air company Wizz Air with airbase in Kutaisi is performing direct flights from Kutaisi to Budapest as well as to various cities of Europe. 

The cooperation is active in the field of education. Numerous agreements have been signed recently between the different institutions of the two countries. Since 2014, Hungarian side offers annual scholarships to Georgian students for studies at the leading universities of Hungary. Georgian side on its part, offers up to ten scholarships to citizens of Hungary, who wish to study or conduct researches at the selected Georgian universities. Georgian language & Culture course is offered at the Faculty of Humanities of the Eotvos Lorand University of Budapest. The above university also hosts the Georgian library named after Hungarian Kartvelologist Marton Istvanovits.  

Defense cooperation encompasses study visits and experience-sharing in different directions, including crises management issues.

Cooperation in the field of culture is developing dynamically. A square was named after Shota Rustaveli and the monument of the poet has been erected in Budapest. In the Hungarian town of Kiskőrös, the monument of Grigol Abashidze was put up in the Memorial Museum of the famous poet Sándor Petőfi. 

On 4 - 5 December, 2017, Tbilisi hosted the Hungarian Cultural Days, organized by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia and the Hungarian Embassy in Georgia.

During the annual event titled “Recognition of Achievements of Diaspora and Foreign Friends of Georgia” held in Tbilisi on 10 May, 2019, Dr. Hajnalka Babirak, Hungarian Krtvelologist, received the “Foreign Friend of Georgia” award in recognition of her contribution to the promotion of Georgia’s positive image abroad. 

It is noteworthy that in 2014, Georgia’s State Award “Order of Honour” was presented to the son of the Hungarian Brigadier General László Török, who tragically lost his life in 2001 in Abkhazia, Georgia, while performing his official duties as a member of the UN Observer Mission in Georgia

 

Important Visits

F r o m   G e o r g i a:

2017

26 July - Official Visit of   Mr. Victor Dolidze State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration visits Hungary;

2016

8-10 August, 2016 – Official Visit of  Kakha Kakhishvili , Minister of Corrections of Georgia  to Hungary;

5-6- May, 2016, Official Visit of Ms.Tinatin Khidasheli, Minister of Defence of Georgia, to Hungary;

27-28, April, 2016, Official Visit of Mr. Giorgi Mgebrishvili, Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia, to Hungary;

29-30 March - Official Visit of Mr. Mikheil Janelidze, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia to Hungary;

3-4 March, 2016 - Inter-agency consultations - visit of Georgian delegation headed by Mr. David Dondua, Deputy Foreign Minister Georgia, to Budapest;

2015

28-29 October - Third Session of the Georgian-Hungarian Intergovernmental Joint Economic Commission (Budapest)

15 April - Visit of Mr. David Bakradze, State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration to Hungary.

9-10 February - Official Visit of Mr. Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia to Hungary;

23 January - Visit of the Delegation of the Partnership Fund of Georgia, to Hungary.

2014

17-18 February - Visit of the Delegation of the Ministry of Defence of Georgia, headed by Deputy Defence Minister of Georgia Mikheil Darchiashvili, to Hungary;

12-14 February - Official Visit of Mr. David Usupashvili, Chairman of Parliament of Georgia to Hungary;

2013

April 3-5, 2013 - Official Visit of Mr. Irakli Alasania, Minister of Defence of Georgia to Hungary;

May 13-14, 2013- Official Visit of Dr. Maia Panjikidze, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia to Hungary;

10-11 December, 2013 - The First Session of the Hungarian-Georgian Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Cooperation and the Georgian-Hungarian Joint Business Forum

17-18 December, 2013 - Next round of the bilateral political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and Hungary

19-20 December , 2013 - Interagency Consultations - Visit of the Georgian Interagency Delegation headed by the First Deputy State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration David Dondua.

2012

February 16, 2012 - Visit of Mr. Nika Gilauri, Prime Minister of Georgia to Hungary;

March 21, 2012 - Working Visit of Ms Vera Kobalia Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, to Hungary

April 10-11, 2012 – Official Visit of Mr. Giorgi Ugulava, Mayor of Tbilisi to Hungary;

April 12, 2012 - Visit of Mr. Grigol Vashadze, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, to Hungary;

May 17-18, 2012 – Official Visit of Mr. David Bakradze, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia to Hungary;

2011

22-23 May, 2011 - Official Visit of H.E.Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia to the Republic of Hungary

October 3-4, 2011 - Official Visit of Mr. Ivane Merabishvili, Minister of Interior of Georgia to the Republic of Hungary;

2010

2 March, 2010 - Visit of Mr. Giorgi Baramidze, Vice Prime-Minister, State Minister for Euro-Atlantic Integration, in the frames of the Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Visegrad Group and Eastern Partnership Member Countries held in Budapest;

2009

20-21 October, 2009 - Official Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mr. Grigol Vashadze to the Republic of Hungary

F r o m   H u n g a r y:

2019

5-6 September - The first Official Visit of the President of the Republic of Hungary Mr. Janos Aders to Georgia;

11-12 July - Visit of Peter Szijjarto, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary to Georgia within the frames of the 16th Batumi International Conference "Georgia's European Way"

2017

20-21 April – Official Visit of Mr. Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary to Georgia;

17 March – Official Visit of Peter Szijjarto, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary to Georgia;

2015

1-4 February -Visit of Dr. Tvadar Puskas, Mayor of Szombathely to Kutaisi

2014

19 November – Visit of Mr István Mikola, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary to Georgia

7 November - Official Visit of Mr.Peter Szijjarto, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary to Georgia;

30-31 October - The Second Session of the Hungarian-Georgian Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Cooperation (Tbilisi)

28-29 May – Visit of Mr. Szabolcs Takacs, Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary along with political Directors of the Foreign Ministries of the “Visegrad Group” (within the format of Hungarian Presidency of the V4)

2013

30 September - Official Visit of Mr.Peter Szijjarto, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and External Economic Relations of the Hungarian Prime-Minister’s Office to Georgia;

2012

26-27 September, 2012 –Official Visit of H.E. Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary to Georgia;

26-27 November, 2012 – Official Visit of the Minister of Interior of Hungary Mr. Sandor Pinter to Hungary

2011

2-5 May, 2011 - Visit of Mr. Istvan Tarlos, Mayor of Budapest to Georgia;

19-21 May, 2011 - Official Visit of Mr.Laszlo Kover, President of the Hungarian National Assembly to Georgia;

2009

08 October, 2009 - Visit of Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Hungary Mr. Jeno Faller to Georgia

2006

24 January, 2006 - Visit of Political State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Hungary Andras Barsony;

Bilateral Political Consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and the Republic of Hungary

October 2009 – Tbilisi

19-20 October, 2010 - Budapest

17-18 December, 2013 -Budapest

Legislative Framework

Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Hungary on Trade-Economic Relations. (Moscow, 02 November, 1992)

Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Hungary on the Rules of Visa Free Travel for Holders of Diplomatic and Service Passports. (Tbilisi, 29 September, 1997)

Protocol on the Cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Hungary. (Budapest, October 2009)

Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of Hungary for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income and on Capital (Budapest, 16 February, 2012)

Agreement between the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia and the Ministry of National Resources of Hungary on co-operation in the fields of Health and Medicine (Tbilisi, 10 May, 2012)

Memorandum of Understanding Between the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia and the Ministry of Rural Development of Hungary on Cooperation in the Field of Agriculture and Food Industry (Tbilisi, 27 September, 2012)

Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of Hungary on Cooperation in the Fight against Crime (Tbilisi 27.11.2012)

Protocol between the Government of Georgia and the Government of Hungary on the implementation of the Agreement between the European Union and Georgia on the Readmission of Persons Residing without Authorization (Tbilisi 27.11.2012)

Agreement between the Ministry of Defence of Georgia and the Ministry of Defence of Hungary on the cooperation in the Military Field (Budapest 4.04.2013)

Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of Hungary on Economic Cooperation (Budapest 14.05.2013)

Agreement Between the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia and the Ministry for National Economy of Hungary on Cooperation in the Field of Tourism (Budapest 14.05.2013)

Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of Hungary on the International Transport of Passengers and Goods By Road (Tbilisi 30.09.2013)

Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of Hungary on Cooperation in the Field of Education, Science and Culture (Tbilisi 30.09.2013)

Educational Exchange Programme between the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and the Ministry of Human Resources of the Government of Hungary for 2014-2016 (Budapest 26.03.2014)

Protocol on Co-operation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary (Budapest 10.02.2015)

Memorandum of Understanding on Co-operation in the Sphere of Culture between the Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection of Georgia and the Ministry of Human Resources of Hungary (Budapest 10.02.2015)

Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of Hungary on Cooperation in the Field of Responding to Emergency Situations (Batumi, 11.07.2019)

Agreement between the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary on Teaching Hungarian Language and Culture (Batumi, 11.07.2019)

Agreement between the Orthodox Church of Georgia and the Embassy of Hungary on Development of Agriculture (Batumi, 11.07.2019)

Memorandum of Understanding between the Partnership Fund of Georgia and the Export-Import Bank of Hungary (Batumi, 11.07.2019)