Péter Szijjártó

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The native form of this personal name is Szijjártó Péter. This article uses the Western name order.
Péter Szijjártó
Szijjártó Péter az Országgyűlésben 2010-02-22.jpg
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Incumbent
Assumed office
September 23, 2014
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán
Deputy dr. László Szabó
Preceded by Tibor Navracsics
Deputy Minister of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
In office
June 1, 2012 – September 22, 2014
Succeeded by dr. László Szabó
State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and External Economic Relations of the Prime Minister’s Office
In office
June 15, 2010 – May 31, 2012
Member of the Hungarian National Assembly
Incumbent
Assumed office
May 15, 2002
Personal details
Born (1978-10-30) October 30, 1978 (age 36)
Komárom, Hungary
Political party Fidesz
Spouse(s) Szilvia Szijjártó
(m. 2009–present)
Residence Budapest, Hungary
Alma mater Corvinus University of Budapest (M.A.), (B.A.)
Profession Economist, Politician
Website Official

Péter Szijjártó (born on 30 October 1978) is a Hungarian politician, who has been Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade since 23 September 2014. Having master's degree in International relations, he was elected Member of the National Assembly in 2002.

Studies[edit]

Péter Szijjártó was born into a wealthy family in Komárom on 30 October 1978. After spending a half year in the United States, he finished his secondary studies at Czuczor Gergely Benedictine Secondary Grammar School of Győr in 1997. He graduated from Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration (today Corvinus University of Budapest) on international relations and sports management.[1]

Career[edit]

He began his political career in 1998, when he was elected the youngest member of the Municipal Assembly of Győr. He served as vice chairman of the education, culture and sports committee. He was one of the founders and first president of the Fidelitas, youth organization of Fidesz in Győr. He was elected a vice president of the Fidelitas 2001, and also became a member of the Fidesz's national board.

Szijjártó is a member of the National Assembly of Hungary since 2002. He was the youngest Member of Parliament from 2002 to 2006. He was appointed Vice Chairman of the Committee on Youth and Sport Affairs in 2004, holding the office until 2006. He was elected President of the Fidelitas in 2005, replacing András Gyürk. He also became leader of the Győr branch of Fidesz. He held the position of Fidelitas leader until 2009, when Péter Ágh was nominated as the new president.

Before Fidesz came to power in May 2010, Szijjártó was the spokesman of Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Union. He served as personal spokesman of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán from 2010 to 2012.

On 4 July 2012 Orbán nominated Szijjártó as the chairman of eight economic committees to boost the Hungarian government's policy of opening up trade with countries to the east as well as consolidating Hungary’s role in supporting the Western Balkan nations' EU integration, the Central European Visegrád Group of heads of government announced the same day. Szijjártó, who had taken up post on 2 July, also worked to strengthen co-operation with neighboring countries.[2]

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán appointed Szijjártó as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade in September 2014, when his predecessor Tibor Navracsics resigned due to his new position in the European Commission.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
András Gyürk
President of Fidelitas
2005–2009
Succeeded by
Péter Ágh
Political offices
Preceded by
Tibor Navracsics
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade
2014–
Succeeded by
Incumbent