The Visegrád Countries and Brazil, edited by Sándor Gyula Nagy was launched on the 5th October 2021 at the Hungarian Diplomatic Academy. Our colleague was awarded by the Government of Federative Republic of Brazil for his extraordinary activity in the field of promotion relationship between Brazil and Hungary.
After the opening speech of Orsolya Pacsay-Tomassich (State Secretary for the Hungarian Diplomatic Academy and Stipendium Hungaricum Programme, President of the Hungarian Diplomatic Academy) authors of the book gave an insight into the different chapters, regarding relations of Brazil and the members of the Visegrád Group.
Maurício da Costa Carvalho Bernardes (Diplomat, former Head of the Central and Eastern European Division (2013–2017), Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs) spoke about the growing importance and visibility of V4 in Brazil. Martin Hrabálek (Assistant Professor at the Department of Territorial Studies, Faculty of Regional Development and International Studies, Mendel University, Brno); Sándor Gyula Nagy (Associate Professor at the Corvinus University of Budapest and chief advisor of the Hungarian Diplomatic Academy) and Bartłomiej Znojek (Latin America analyst at the Polish Institute of International Affairs, PISM) highlighted several aspects of cooperation, praising the scientific and educational relations, urging to do more about “invisible” trade barriers between MERCOSUR and the EU and recommending to do more on defence and political cooperation (like V4+). The moderator of the event was Judit Ricz (Research Fellow at the Institute of World Economics, Centre for Economic andRegional Studies and Associate Professor, Corvinus University of Budapest).
In his closing remarks José Luiz Machado e Costa (Ambassador of Brazil in Budapest) praised the work of the authors and handed over the Official Cross of the Rio Branco Order to Sándor Gyula Nagy, who was awarded by the Government of Federative Republic of Brazil for “his extraordinary activity in the field of promotion relationship between Brazil and Hungary”.