Donald Tsang

Hungarian leader to visit HK

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 September, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 September, 2005, 12:00am

Updated at 4.27pm:
Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcs?ny would arrive in Hong Kong on Friday following his visit to China, a government spokesman said on Thursday.

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen would meet Mr Gyurcs?ny at an official luncheon on Saturday, the spokesman said.

During his two-day visit, the prime minister will attend the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding on Cultural Co-operation between Hong Kong and Hungary.

Mr Gyurcs?ny will also officiate at the opening of the retrospective film show of Hungarian film director B?la Tarr. The event is organised by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Association.

Hungary, or the Republic of Hungary, is a landlocked country in Central Europe. After Nazi Germany withdrew from it at the end of the World War II, it became part of the Soviet Union area of influence and was appropriated into a communist state.

In the late 1980s, Hungary began shifting toward multi-party democracy and a market-oriented economy.

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Hungary developed closer ties with Western Europe, joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) in 1999 and the European Union on in May 2004.