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Brussels, 21 December 2009

The European Commission appoints Head of Representation in Hungary

The Commission has appointed Dr. Tamás Szűcs, as Head of its office in Budapest

Representations are the official voice of the European Commission in the Member States. They are responsible for explaining policies of the European Union and making Europe more understandable to people.

Engaging with the national administration, stakeholders and civil society as well as the national media, they contribute substantially to communicating Europe at national and local level and provide information about the EU through recognised outlets such as public libraries, business advice centres and education services.

They also provide valuable reports and policy analysis to the Commission on orientations and trends of public opinion in the country concerned.

Tamás Szűcs has been Director for Strategy in DG Communication since 2006. From 2004 he served as the Head of Cabinet of Commissioners Péter Balázs and László Kovács respectively. Between 1995 and 2004 he was working as a diplomat at the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU in Brussels mainly responsible for the coordination of the accession negotiations and for the EU institutional reform negotiations (Amsterdam/Nice Treaty/European Convention), as well as being the first “Antici” official for Hungary. He is the author and editor of several books and specialist publications on European integration.

He will take up his duties as Head of Representation of the European Commission in Hungary on 01 January 2010.

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