Eu Presidency – Roma intergration responsibility of member states, says commissioner.

Romat intergration is the responsibility of European Union member states, but the European Commisioner is ready to offer all its support, the European Commisioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion said on Friday in Budapest.

Acheivements will not be apparent overnight, but work must be started withouth delay, told Laszlo Andor to the 5th European Roma Platform meeting.
He added that the commission is asking member states to prepare their Roma stratergies by the end of this year, which will be the first step to Roma intergration.
Continuing with saying that It is not congruent with the EU 2020 stratergy that millions of Roma should be excluded from social and economic life. Viviane Reding, the European Commissioner for Justice Fundamental Rights and citizenship, said that the Commission’s framework stratergy on Roma integration has been created through a hard-fought battle and it must not be allowed to become dilluted.  Every member state must now prepare its own Roma stratergy, even those who do not eagerly admit that they have Roma living on their terretoriy, she added.
Reding also said that the member states must join forces withthe EU in the fight against Roma discrimination. “The image of Hungary we want to strengthen is the thousand-year tradition of inclusion, cooperation and coexistence of cultures” said Zoltan Balog, justice ministry state secretary in charge of social inclusion, who wish to express Hungary’s readiness for Roma inclusion.
“But Hungary also has another image: that of poverty, hopelessness and hate. Prejudices do exist (…) but our own answer to this is the European Roma Stratergy” he added.

Hungary is on the right path with the reform programme, OECD chief says.

OECD Secretary-GEneral ANgela Gurria said in an interview with MTI on Friday that with a recently unveiled structural reform programme, Hungary is on the right path.

Mr. Gurria said that “We strongly support the Szell Kalman Plan”.
He also said that the plans are in line with the OECD’s recommendations, and now the organisation is waiting for the steps the government plans to take
“The implementation is just as important as the plan, although unquestionably a good plan helps much”  he said, adding that Structural reforms have always been key from the point of view of  growth, but now they are the only opportunity for growth.

Chief Corporate Development Officer to join Telenor

Frank J. Klausz III (40) has been appointed to Chief Corporate Development Officer (CCDO) of Telenor Hungary, effective from 2 May 2011. The manager of American-Hungarian descent will be responsible for corporate communication, regulatory and government affairs, strategic planning and corporate responsibility.

Telenor Hungary decided to create a new CxO position to improve the efficiency and coordinated management of the above functions and appointed Frank J. Klausz III to CCDO. During his career, Frank accumulated a wide range of experience in telecommunications and ICT covering service development and repositioning, organizational development, operational excellence strategies as well as the development of regulatory frameworks.

“I’m happy that the position of Chief Corporate Development Officer has been filled by a strong leader with a broad industry knowledge, management experience and consulting background such as Frank J. Klausz III. He has strong values which are perfectly in line with Telenor standards. I am confident that he will reinvigorate this strategic function, manage its challenges and contribute to the long-term objectives of Telenor in Hungary”, said Christopher Laska, CEO of Telenor Hungary.

Frank J. Klausz III. started his career at AMI Research in the United States. Then he was Partner Manager at CUC International. In 1997, he joined management consulting firm A.T. Kearney where he was responsible for business consulting and business development. In 2000, he left A.T. Kearney’s Virginia office to continue his career in the Budapest office as the Manager of the Telecommunication and High Tech Practice. In 2002, he joined the team of Oracle as e-Strategy Consultant for Central and Eastern Europe where he was appointed to Business Development Manager in 2003. In 2005, he returned to A.T. Kearney as Director. He will join the team of Telenor on 2 May 2011.

“Managing the corporate development function of a multinational company such as Telenor is an exciting challenge and a great opportunity for me. Since the company wants to become Hungary’s favourite mobile operator, my priorities will include using innovative solutions and enhancing customer focus”, Frank J. Klausz III said.

Frank J. Klausz III graduated in engineering from Harvard University, then he earned an MBA degree at University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School in Philadelphia. This background makes him an expert capable of developing a strategic approach to promote growth and efficiency in all areas of business.

He is member of the Board of AmCham. His hobbies are playing the piano and rowing. He used to be member of the US National Rowing Team. Frank is married. Their first child was born last weekend.

Source: Press Release


New route connects two oneworld member hubs for the first time

Photo: Press Release

On Wednesday, American Airlines, a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, inaugurated its new nonstop service between Budapest and New York JFK.

The new year-round service links two hubs of American and Malév Hungarian Airlines, opening up great connection possibilities for travellers on both sides of the Atlantic. As part of the celebrations, American’s Boeing 767-300 aircraft was welcomed with a memorable water cannon salute as it landed on Hungarian soil for the first time.

Customers departing on the first flight were welcomed at the gate with a special cake, canapés and a glass of sparkling wine so that they could join in and toast the new flight in style. A ribbon cutting officially launched proceedings before passengers were given a special commemorative gift before boarding.

Speaking at Budapest Airport’s Terminal 2B this morning, Kurt Stache, Vice President International, American Airlines, commented: “We are delighted to be launching this new flight from Budapest to New York, which is truly a oneworld alliance route. New York has been like a home to American Airlines since we began flying there in 1939, so we know a thing or two about this amazing city and all it has to offer. This is also one reason why we have invested so heavily in our own terminal at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport. Designed with the traveller in mind, it aims to speed customers on their journeys, hopefully making it an enjoyable experience whether people are remaining in New York or connecting to destinations across the Americas and Caribbean.”

Martin Gauss, CEO Malév Hungarian Airlines, which is a oneworld codeshare partner on the route, described the service as a new air bridge connecting Budapest with one of the most important cities in the world. He commented: “The establishment of this cooperation is of considerable significance for Malév Hungarian Airlines and the result of sustained and joint efforts between partners. Together we are confident that we will not only serve the travelling public but also strengthen and expand existing relations between the two countries in the long term”.

Mr Kam Jandu, Director of Aviation, Budapest Airport, emphasised Budapest Airport’s commitment to the future, adding: “Budapest Airport has a vision to build the best airport within the Central-Eastern European region and we have a capital investment programme to spend over 260 million Euros, of which around 82% is complete. Many will have seen the showpiece of this investment – bud:skycourt – which opened just last month and is simply stunning. Over the coming months, we will be refurbishing the transfer product downstairs and also the satellites in 2A and 2B. There is no better way for us to celebrate these investments than with a great new service operated by American Airlines and therefore I look forward to it becoming a great success.”

The new schedule launched today is as follows:

American’s schedule between Budapest and New York JFK:

Flight No: Departure Airport Departure Time Arrival Airport Arrival Time
AA158 Budapest (BUD) 11.55 New York (JFK) 15.35
AA159 New York (JFK) 18.40 Budapest (BUD) 09.30 (following day)