Tibor Navracsics

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Tibor Navracsics
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European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
In office
1 November 2014 – 30 November 2019
PresidentJean-Claude Juncker
Preceded byAndroulla Vassiliou
Succeeded byMariya Gabriel
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade
In office
6 June 2014 – 23 September 2014
Prime MinisterViktor Orbán
Preceded byJános Martonyi
Succeeded byPéter Szijjártó
Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary
In office
2 June 2010 – 6 June 2014
Served alongside Zsolt Semjén
Prime MinisterViktor Orbán
Preceded byPéter Kiss
Succeeded byZsolt Semjén
Minister of Public Administration and Justice
In office
29 May 2010 – 6 June 2014
Prime MinisterViktor Orbán
Preceded byImre Forgács
Succeeded byLászló Trócsányi
Personal details
Born (1966-06-13) 13 June 1966 (age 54)
Veszprém, Hungary
Political partyFidesz (since 1994)
Spouse(s)Anikó Prevoz
Alma materEötvös Loránd University

Tibor Navracsics (born Veszprém, Hungary, 13 June 1966) is a Hungarian lawyer and politician, who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade from June to September 2014. He previously served as Minister of Administration and Justice between 2010 and 2014. He is a member of the Fidesz and was the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport in the Juncker Commission.


Navracsics holds a degree in law (Eötvös Loránd University 1990) and a higher degree as judge (1992). He also received a PhD in political science (Eötvös Loránd University 2000)


  • 1990–1992: Municipal Court, City of Veszprém – Tribunal Clerk;
  • 1992–1993: Regional Assembly of Veszprém County – Research Fellow;
  • 1993–1997: University of Economics, Budapest, Department of Political Sciences – Assistant Professor;
  • 1997– 2001: Department of Political Sciences – Associate Professor
  • 1998–1999: Prime Minister's Office, Communications Department – Head of Department, (Viktor Orbán's Cabinet);
  • 1999–2002: Prime Minister's Office, Department for Press and Information – Head of Department;
  • 2002–2003: Parliamentary Group of Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Union, Head of Department for Political Analyses;
  • 2003–2006: Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Union, Chief of President's Cabinet;
  • 2004– Leader of the program-creating team, referred to as "Civic Governance";
  • 2006– Member of Parliament
  • 2001– : Department of Political Sciences Eötvös Loránd University – Senior Associate Professor
  • 2006– : Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Union – Leader of the Fraction
  • The Congress of Fidesz in May, 2007, has accepted his (Navracsics's) polemical essay "Our Future";
  • Member of the Political Sciences Association
  • 2010 – 2014: Minister of Public Administration and Justice
  • 2014: Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Professional experiences[edit]

  • 1990–1992: Department of Social Sciences at the University of Veszprém – Lecturer;
  • 1992–1998: Dániel Berzsenyi Teacher's College, Szombathely – Department of Sociology and Political Sciences – Lecturer;
  • 1992–1993: Periodical Comitatus – Editor;
  • 1998–2000: Secretary General of the Hungarian Association of Political Scientists;
  • 1996– : Vice-President, Association of the Hungarian Institute for Political Science;
  • 1999– : Member of the Editorial Board, Politikatudományi Szemle (Political Science Review);
  • 2001– : Member of the Presidency, Hungarian Association of Political Science


  • Európai belpolitika (Internal Politics in the European Union). Budapest: Korona, 1998
  • Political Analysis of the European Union, Bp., Korona, 1998
  • Political Communication, 2004 (co-author: István Hegedűs-Szilágyi-Mihály Gál-Balázs Sipos)

Field of research[edit]

Navracsics's field of research are comparative politics and internal politics in the European Union. Because he speaks Serbocroatian, he wrote a number of analyses regarding the former Yugoslavia.

Notable facts[edit]

  • At the invitation of the presidency he wrote about the ground values of the party a manifesto, after he organized several public debates on the topics of living standards, competitiveness, public services and justice. The manifesto was accepted by the 2007 Congress of the Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Union.
  • He was elected "Teacher of the Year 2007" by the students of ELTE.
  • On 6 October 2014, the European Parliament proposed to reject him as EU commissioner-designate since he was found unsuitable for the post related to citizenship.[1] Instead he was given the portfolio for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.


  1. ^ "MEPs reject Hungary's Navracsics for top EU culture job". Retrieved 7 October 2014.

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National Assembly of Hungary
Preceded by
János Áder
Leader of Fidesz in the National Assembly
Succeeded by
János Lázár
Political offices
Preceded by
Péter Kiss
Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary
Served alongside: Zsolt Semjén
Succeeded by
Zsolt Semjén
Preceded by
Imre Forgács
Minister of Public Administration and Justice
Succeeded by
László Trócsányi
Preceded by
Tamás Fellegi
Minister of National Development

Succeeded by
Zsuzsanna Németh
Preceded by
János Martonyi
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Succeeded by
Péter Szijjártó
Preceded by
László Andor
Hungarian European Commissioner
Succeeded by
Olivér Várhelyi
Preceded by
Androulla Vassiliou
as European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth
European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
Succeeded by
Mariya Gabriel
as European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth