István Szent-Iványi (born November 12, 1958 in Kecskemét) is a Hungarian politician and former Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Alliance of Free Democrats, part of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party.
About his work
He was full member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Vice-Chairman of the Delegation for Relations with the Korean Peninsula. Previously, he served four terms as MP in the Hungarian National Assembly (1990-2004) being chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (1997-2002) and the Committee on European Integration (2002-2004).
He is founding member of the Alliance of Free Democrats (1988), was twice its Group leader in the National Assembly (1997-1998, 2000-2002), and he has been for years a member of its Executive Board. He was Secretary of State (deputy minister) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1994 to 1997. He was elected to the European Parliament in June 2004 and served as an MEP until 2009 and was head of the Hungarian liberal delegation and member of the Bureau of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe political group in the European Parliament. He has been a member of the AFET and BUDG Committee and Vice-chair of the Kore Peninsula Delegation. He joined the MFA of Hungary in 2009 and from January 2010 until January 2015 served as the Ambassador of Hungary to Slovenia. He has been awarded with the Commemorative Medal of 13 January for his courage and dedication to defending Lithuania's freedom and independence in 1992.
Szent-Iványi joined the Hungarian Liberal Party in 2015.
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