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PA Europe is very pleased to announce the appointment of Ambassador Tibor Kiss as a Senior Political Advisor to be based from its Brussels office. Ambassador Kiss brings to PA an impressive wealth of experience as a leading diplomat and negotiator for Hungary. As the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Hungary to the European Union for six years until 2010 he was instrumental in Hungary’s successful accession to the EU and its preparations for its hosting of the EU Presidency in 2011. As such he headed and managed the largest representation of Hungary abroad and acquired a profound insight of EU policies and institutions, including the challenges of inter-institutional cooperation, political communication and counseling.

Speaking on his appointment PA Europe’s Chairman and former Belgian Prime Minister, Mark Eyskens, said “Through his work in Council and Coreper Ambassador Kiss knows the main dossiers, the leading persons as well as the national and institutional stakeholders’ positions. His personal insights and profound knowledge of the way Brussels works will be a great asset to PA and its clients”.

For over 30 years Ambassador Kiss has been deeply involved in European affairs and has been active in most professional fields of external affairs in trade and diplomacy, both bilateral and multilateral. Through the last two decades he has been in the unique position to guide and pioneer Hungary’s European integration efforts, from the early negotiating stages up until the actual EU accession and beyond. Following his tenure in Brussels he was appointed State Secretary for European Affairs where he was responsible for development, coordination, communication and high level representation of most national EU positions.  More recently, he assisted the 2011 Hungarian EU Presidency as a senior Government Adviser through analyzing and presenting strategy options in several European policy areas.

With previous appointments as Ambassador in both Brussels and the Hague he is also familiar with the Belgian and Dutch political and business communities. With an ability to work in English, French, Dutch, German and Hungarian he will be able to assist and lead PA Europe’s work on issues relating to energy, transport, ICT, infrastructure and food. On his appointment Ambassador Kiss stated “Having served in public administration (both in central Government and in the foreign service) I have acquired a substantial amount of work experience relevant to the nature of tasks of PA Europe. By using my Brussels experience and network as part of PA Europe’s team I look forward to working directly with industry and indeed EU Member States and prospective ones on the issues and challenges faced in Brussels today.”