Balázs Rákossy

Balázs Rákossy

Secretary of State for the Utilisation of European Union Funding

Ministry of Finance, Hungary

Place and date of birth:
• Pécs (Hungary), 1971.

Foreign languages spoken:
• English, German, French, Russian 

Professional career:
• 2014-: State Secretary for EU Funds
• 2013-2014: Chief of Staff of the Minister for National Economy, Ministry for National Economy
• 2012-2013: Chief of Staff of the Minister Responsible for Liaison with International Financial Organizations
• 2010-2012: Chief of Staff of the Minister of State for the Prime Minister’s Office
• 2008-2010: Chief Legal Officer, MOL Plc
• 2008: Chief Legal Officer, British American Tobacco Hungary
• 2006-2008: Chief Legal Officer for the CEE Region, Pfizer CEE Headquarters, Brussels
• 2004-2006: Chief Legal Officer, Pfizer Hungary Ltd
• 2002-2004: Chief Legal Counsellor, Hungarian Delegation of the European Commission
• 1998-2002: Chief of Staff of Fidesz Parliamentary Group Leader
• 1995-1998: Barrister in Embryo

• Legal expert in capital markets and banking law, Péter Pázmány Catholic University (2018)
• Master of Laws, Member of the Hungarian Bar Association (1999)
• University of Oxford, University College, Magister Juris (LL.M.) in European and Comparative Law (1997)
• Maastricht University, LL.M. in European and Comparative Law (1996)
• Janus Pannonius University, Pécs (Hungary), Faculty of Law, Juris Doctor (1995)

Social responsibility activities and awards:
• President for Social Relations at PVSK (Pécs Sports Club) (2018-)
• President of Pécs VSK-Veolia 1st Division Men’s Basketball Club (2015-)
• Member of the Club Friends of Baranya County (2016-)
• Zsolnay Award for Contributing to Baranya County Economic Development (2017)


Participates in the sessions:

  • Plenary session: 15 years in the European Union


    Plenary session: 15 years in the European Union

    • Benefits of being an EU member. Experience of Poland, Baltic states and Slovakia?
    • In search of a new Europe. A need for a fresh view
    • After the European elections – power structure, expectations and projections
    • Europe versus protectionism, trade barriers and limitations
    • Eastern neighbourhood in a new Europe. Opportunities and threats for Poland and the Baltic states
    • How will the EU’s future budget respond to social challenges and expectations?
    • Fifteen years of Eastern Poland – effects of changes. The role of support from the European Union

    Plenary session: 15 years in the European Union

    • Ernest Bodziuch - Publicist, Radio and Television, Journalist, Polsat News
    • Cezary Kaźmierczak - President, Association of Entrepreneurs and Employers (Związek Przedsiębiorców i Pracodawców)
    • Natalja Luts - Counsellor for Economic Affairs, Embassy of the Republic of Estonia in the Republic of Poland
    • Jan Mikołuszko - Honorary Ambassador of the Podlaskie Voivodeship
    • Boris Pašalić - Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, Republic of Srpska
    • Balázs Rákossy - Secretary of State for the Utilisation of European Union Funding, Ministry of Finance, Hungary
    • Andrzej Sadowski - Member of the National Development Council of the President of the Republic of Poland
    • Paweł Wojciechowski - Minister of Finance in 2006, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland in the years 2009-2010


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