Benedek Jávor

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Benedek Jávor
Jávor Benedek LMP.jpg
Benedek Jávor in 2010
Member of the National Assembly
In office
14 May 2010 – 5 May 2014
Personal details
Born (1972-07-02) 2 July 1972 (age 44)
Budapest, Hungary
Political party LMP (2009–2013)
PM (2013– )
Children 1
Profession biologist, politician
The native form of this personal name is Jávor Benedek. This article uses Western name order when mentioning individuals.

Benedek Jávor (born in 1972 in Budapest) is a Hungarian biologist, environmentalist and politician, a former leading member of the Politics Can Be Different (LMP), and current leading member of the Dialogue for Hungary (PM) party.


He graduated in biology at the Eötvös Loránd University in 1997 (MSc), and in 2006 he received his Ph.D. at the same university. He has been assistant professor at the department of environmental law at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University.

In 2000 he was a founding member of the environmental NGO Védegylet (Protect the Future!). In 2009 he was a founding member and one of spokesperson of the Politics Can Be Different party. In the parliamentary election in 2010 he won a seat in the National Assembly. He served as Chairman of the Committee on Sustainable Development between 2010 and 2013. After the resignation of András Schiffer he was appointed leader of the LMP parliamentary group on 29 January 2012.[1] During the party's congress in November 2012, the Politics Can Be Different decided not to join Together 2014, the electoral alliance of opposition parties and movements led by Gordon Bajnai. As a result Jávor, a follower of the agreement, resigned from his position of parliamentary group leader.[2]

In January 2013, the LMP's congress rejected against the electoral cooperation with other opposition forces, including Together 2014.[3] As a result members of LMP’s “Dialogue for Hungary” platform, under the leadership of Jávor, announced their decision to leave the opposition party and form a new organization. Benedek Jávor said he eight MPs leaving LMP would keep their parliamentary mandates. The leaving MPs established Dialogue for Hungary as a full-fledged party.[4]

The Dialogue for Hungary (PM) held its inaugural congress on 17 February 2013. Jávor was elected co-president of the party, alongside Tímea Szabó. The congress also authorized the party's presidency to open the negotiations with Together 2014.[5] On 8 March 2013, the PM entered into an alliance with the Together 2014, which officially formed as a political party. Jávor and Szabó, co-chairs of the PM also became members of the Together 2014's board.[6]

Jávor was elected Member of the European Parliament (MEP) in the 2014 European Parliament election and joined The Greens–European Free Alliance (Greens/EFA). In June 2014, he was replaced as co-chair of the party by Gergely Karácsony.[7]


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National Assembly of Hungary
Preceded by
András Schiffer
Leader of the LMP parliamentary group
Succeeded by
András Schiffer
Party political offices
Preceded by
New party
Co-President of Dialogue for Hungary
alongside Tímea Szabó

Succeeded by
Tímea Szabó
Gergely Karácsony