President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (Acting)

Attila Mesterhazy ​​​​​​

Presidential Priorities

President Mesterhazy has committed himself to ensure that the Assembly:

  1. keeps the unique transatlantic bond close and strong.
  2. carries the message that NATO is not just a political-military organisation, but an alliance of democracies based on shared values, including a commitment to the equal role of women and men in peace, security, and defence.
  3. understands and helps shape the political transitions within Europe and comprehend their implications for NATO and the EU.
  4. contributes to the NATO reflection process aimed at strengthening political dialogue within the Alliance.
  5. highlights the threat that Russia’s aggressive actions pose to the Alliance.
  6. supports Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations.
  7. raises awareness of the challenge of hybrid operations seeking to destabilise Allies.
  8. stresses the need for a common policy towards China’s military, economic and technological challenge. 
  9. keeps attention focused on the Western Balkans and helps anchor the region firmly in the Euro-Atlantic and European community.
  10. better informs and communicates to Allied publics, especially its youth, about NATO and about the Assembly.

Biography:

Attila Mesterházy has been a member of the Hungarian parliament since 2004 and is currently the vice-president of its Foreign Affairs Committee. In 2010-2014, he was the Chairman of the Hungarian Socialist Party and the party’s candidate for the office of Prime Minister in the 2010 and 2014 elections. From 2016 to 2018, he chaired the parliament’s Budgetary Committee. 

Prior to becoming MP, he worked as University lecturer, Head of Department in the Prime Minister’s Cabinet and in the private sector as a PR and communications project director. He also served as State Secretary at the Ministry of Children, Youth and Sport (later - Youth, Family and Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities).

Attila Mesterházy wrote a doctoral dissertation (summa cum laude) at the University of Economics and Public Administration, Budapest, examining the EU’s regional and trade policies. He also has a master’s degree in economics (with honours) from the same university, and studied at the universities of Valladolid, Spain, and Groningen, Netherlands, as well as at the Diplomat Academy in Vienna, Austria. 

Attila Mesterházy has been a member of the NATO PA since 2006 and was elected as Vice-President of the Assembly in 2019.  Previously, he also served as Chairman of the Defence and Security Committee’s Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Defence and Security Cooperation.  He has also held rapporteur positions  on the Economics and Security Committee and the Defense and Security Committee.
Attila Mesterházy was appointed as acting President of the NATO PA in December 2019.

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