A top government official and senior politicians of ruling Fidesz addressed the presentation of the Lőrinc Csaba Award to Balázs Tárnok, the vice president of the Rákóczi Association and expert of minority issues, in Budapest on Thursday evening. Named after the late foreign policy and minority expert of Fidesz and an ethnic Hungarian from Transylvania, the award is given each year since 2009 to scientists, writers, journalists and experts in recognition of their outstanding foreign policy activities and for Hungarians beyond the borders.
In her address, Justice Minister Judit Varga said Lőrinc had played a major role in the revival and thriving of Hungarian communities beyond the border. “The Lőrinc Csaba Award is a recognition of the work of those who strengthen the spirit of Hungarian cohesion,” she said, noting Tárnok’s immense work in drafting Hungary’s position on EP rapporteur Judith Sargentini’s report. Zsolt Németh, the head of parliament’s foreign affairs committee, noted that Tárnok is a researcher of minority issues in a broader sense while working in practice for Hungarians beyond the borders as the Rákóczi Association’s vice-president. MEP Kinga Gál praised Tárnok for his outstanding work for Hungarian communities abroad and efforts to address local problems as well as issues concerning all Hungarians around the world.