We can show both ourselves and the world that we are indeed capable of enriching the millennia-old treasures and values of Hungary. To us, this is not merely a matter of performance, but that of honour. The Foundation for a Civic Hungary has been in the service of that honourable cause for two decades now, and it has been supporting common goals that serve the rise of our nation in that very spirit.
For the idea of a civic nation comprises a distinct spirituality, a form of behaviour and the power of community.
President of the Board of Trustees , Foundation for a Civic Hungary
In the fall of 2003, after the Hungarian Parliament permitted political parties to establish foundations supported from budgetary resources, the Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Alliance party decided to bring the Foundation for a Civic Hungary to life with the objective of furthering political culture, and backing the forces centred around a civic-Christian-national system of values.
The emblem of the Foundation for a Civic Hungary depicts two apple tree branches intertwined, which stands for the fact that our organisation is value-driven. The graphic, reminiscent of early 20th-century bookplates, symbolizes unity; organic, value-creating improvement; and fertile knowledge. Taking on the responsibility of our role in public life, our credo remains the same: The primary goal of our foundation is to preserve and renew our civic communities and to safeguard Hungarian communities within and beyond our borders.
We aim to support the development of organically evolving communities through our apprenticeship programme, the prizes awarded for outstanding work in public life, the support given both to individuals and organisations, our thematic trainings, relevant research activities and our regular events. We provide all necessary tools to strengthen the value-based unity of individuals and communities as well.
Since its establishment, The Foundation for a Civic Hungary has been committed to the notion of a Europe based on sovereign nation-states, the ideas of subsidiarity, decentralisation, and Christian values; these are the principles we represent and promote during our international activities.
We are engaged in an active strategic partnership with a number of foreign conservative think tanks. We are constantly striving to cement and expand our Foundation’s already diverse network of external relations, and continue to seek out new potential allies.
Our activities involve organising diplomatic breakfasts, specialised seminars on foreign policy, drafting strategic background studies on foreign policy, and keeping in touch with international actors.
In 2020, our Foundation opened its very first foreign representation in Brussels.
Over the past several years, news about Hungary have often been too one-sided and negatively predisposed, and repeatedly created false impressions of Hungary by distorting reality. By establishing a presence in Brussels, our Foundation seeks to offset this trend proactively.
Our representation in Brussels keeps a direct, day-to-day contact with the elite of European public life and their circle of supporters, so as to get trustworthy and first hand information concerning Hungary’s positions. Our objective is to create a more balanced picture about Hungary by engaging in a discussion with the political, economic and scientific decision makers of Europe. Head of Brussels Office: Dániel Horogszegi Szilágyi-Landeck