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Central Europe – the Engine for Growth

LSE European Institute-APCO Worldwide Perspectives on Europe series

Date: Thursday 10 November 2011
Time: 3-4pm
Venue:  Shaw Library, 6th floor, Old Building
Speaker: Viktor Orbán
Chair: Peter Sutherland

In the midst of the global economic and financial crisis as well as the Eurozone crisis, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will outline his views on how Hungary and Central Europe could be the driving force behind stimulating growth and prosperity. The Hungarian Government has taken measures to create a competitive economic institutional framework by simplifying and reducing taxation, increasing the flexibility of the labour market and by abolishing regulatory obstacles of market entry by businesses. 

Viktor Orbán is Prime Minister of Hungary, a position he has held since the general election of 2010.

Mr Orbán was a student of Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest at the Faculty of Law, he was a founding member of Bibó College. A year later, with his fellow students, he created Századvég, a journal of social sciences, and became one of its editors. He graduated as a lawyer in 1987. From 1988, he was a member of the Central-Eastern Europe study group, a programme financed by the Soros Foundation. In 1989-1990, Mr Orbán studied the history of British liberal political philosophy in Pembroke College, Oxford, sponsored by the Soros Foundation.

In March 1988 he was a founding member of the Alliance of Young Democrats (Fidesz), and has served as an MP since the first free elections following the regime-change in 1990. Following victory at the polls in 1998, Viktor Orbán became the Prime Minister of the centre-right coalition of Hungary serving as Prime Minister until 2002.

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A transcript of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's speech is available to download. Download 'Central Europe – the Engine for Growth' (pdf).


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