Contacts with Hungarians living across the borders are being maintained during the novel coronavirus pandemic, the state secretary for relations with Hungarian communities abroad has said. In a statement, Árpád János Potápi said state-funded programmes for Hungarian communities across the borders are being moved online or postponed to the second half of the year.
The Határtalanul programme that funds school trips for over 100,000 students is being postponed to October, Potápi said. Students who work with Hungarian diasporas worldwide with grants from the Kőrösi Csoma and Petőfi programmes will continue to work remotely with the help of mentors, he said. The deadlines for tenders and competitions are being pushed back to ease the burden on applicants, Potápi said. In the present critical situation, the priority is to protect “the lives and health of those around us and of ourselves, and thereby to preserve the nation.” Potápi called on Hungarians across the borders to “take the danger seriously, take care of the elderly around you, and stay at home.”