I am winding up Presidency communication work (and this blog, too) in good conscience. I believe we can be proud of all the successes of the Presidency and those results achieved by our communication activity, as well. We have received lots of praise and acknowledgement from other Member States and from our domestic partners, too. I personally also feel that everything has come off well. Certainly, some affairs could have been handled with even greater care if we had not been working 12-14 hours each day during the last six months (on many occasions, weekends included), but 16 -18 hours instead. But I am not sure we could have survived it mentally and physically safe and sound.
The credit goes to my excellent colleagues for everything that went well on this homepage or in other areas of Presidency communications - I mean cultural events, relations with NGOs, dealings with the press, publications etc. All of them worked extremely hard, always keeping an eye on the greatness of the challenge and feeling honoured to be a part of the team. I am really grateful to them and would like to thank them in this post, too. If anything went wrong or if we missed some opportunities, it is my fault.
We have organised about eighty press conferences in Hungary and roughly as many in Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg. Hundreds of interviews were given and more than thirty Presidency publications have been published. We have organised 13 meetings with NGOs and government experts and dozens of cultural events for the participants of informal ministerial and other high level meetings in Hungary – and for their partners. We took part in realising dozens of popular and high-end cultural events for the general public, as well - thanks to the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice for each of them.
And last, but not least, I would like to thank you, dear Reader, for your constant interest in this website, not only in the blog posts but in the news, interviews and other content, as well. You have provided us with the most precious feedback concerning the success of this website by generating more than 2.7 million page views since last December.
Latest news will not be available on this website any more but it will serve as an archive for many years to come.
I had been following the developments of the European Union as a journalist over the past 16 years, but since the summer of 2010, I lead the Hungarian Foreign Ministry’s EU Presidency Communication Department. Some will say I betrayed my profession. But the way I see it, there are exceptional situations when you just got to descend from the grand stands and join the game. The Hungarian EU Presidency is such a period for me. It is an honour for me to be able to help the work of the Presidency, but I cannot break lose completely from my beloved profession. I will be writing this blog partly for this very reason.
Like the hero of novel by Hungarian humorist Frigyes Karinthy, who dreamed of being simultaneously two cats that were playing with each other.