Mátyás Eörsi

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The native form of this personal name is Eörsi Mátyás. This article uses the Western name order.


Mátyás Eörsi
Leader of the ALDE-PACE group in the Council of Europe
In office
2001–2009
Personal details
Born (1954-11-24) 24 November 1954 (age 60)
Budapest, Hungary
Political party SZDSZ, DK
Alma mater Eötvös Loránd University
Website http://www.eorsiforcoe.info/

Mátyás Eörsi is a former MP, (born in Budapest, 24 November 1954) is a Hungarian politician who was the leader of the liberal Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (ALDE-PACE) Group in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). He became a member of the PACE in 1994. On 6 March 2009 the Hungarian government nominated Eörsi to Secretary General of the Council of Europe.[1]

Eörsi studied law in Budapest and was elected to parliament in 1990. He has been an MP ever since. In 1997 he was appointed Political State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a period of almost two years.

Personal background and professional life[edit]

Eörsi was born in Budapest. His grandmother, Ernőné Hajdu Fanni, Auer was a Social democrat member of parliament in 1945-1948. She was arrested and tortured by the Ferenc Szálasi regime in the final months of the war. As a committed democrat, she was one of the 350,000 people purged by the Rákosi regime from 1946 onwards. She was jailed and tortured again. Oddly, the woman who tortured her was the same during both regimes. His father, Gyula Eörsi was a law professor, an author of several books and a major contributor to UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. His mother, Marianna Eörsi was a teacher of Hungarian literature and grammar at high schools. He is a nephew of the Hungarian author and former dissident István Eörsi.

Education[edit]

Mátyás Eörsi was educated at the Kossuth Zsuzsa High School in Budapest. He was admitted to the Law Faculty of the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, where he graduated in 1979.

Employment[edit]

Eörsi's started his career as in house legal counsel to a Hungarian state company "KOMPLEX Export-Import" in international trading. In 1987 he established his own law firm, Eörsi & Partners which he ran as managing partner until he became an MP. The firm, one of the first private law firms in Hungary, was among others specialized in commercial law and soon became one of the leading Budapest law firms. Although Mátyás Eörsi was a full-time politician now, he is still active as an arbitrator at the Arbitration Court attached to the Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Trade.

Since he did not contest the national election in 2010, Eörsi was working for NDI in Jordan and in Libya, for Democracy Reporting International in Berlin, for the Parliamentary Forum for Democracy in Vilnius. Currently Eörsi is the senior advisor to the Secretary General of the Community of Democracies in Warsaw.

Political biography[edit]

He joined Democratic Coalition in January 2012.[2]

Foreign policy, political state secretary[edit]

In 1994 Mátyás Eörsi became President of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Hungarian Parliament and in 1997 he was appointed Political State Secretary (First Deputy Foreign Minister) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After Hungary's entry into the European Union (2004), Eörsi became the President of the Committee for European Affairs, a position he held for two consecutive term, until 2010, when he was not contesting the national elections.

International work, Council of Europe[edit]

Late 2009/early 2010 Eörsi lead the PACE observers-mission during the 2010 Ukrainian presidential elections.[3]

In 1997 Mr. Eörsi was elected as vice-president at Liberal International, and he also served in the Bureau of ELDR Party between 2002 and 2009.

Family[edit]

His wife, Katalin is a biologist at the Chemical Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. They have three children: Márton (1981) is a lawyer, Júlia (1983) is a sociologist and Péter (1990) is a high school graduate.[citation needed]

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