On 24th May 2022, Dr. Ákos Kozma, the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights of Hungary held a bilateral meeting with the Ombudswoman of the Republic of Croatia, Tena Šimonović Einwalter in Nagykanizsa. During the meeting, the state institutions for the protection of fundamental rights of the two countries, as well as the mandates and powers of the commissioners were discussed.
At the 23 May 2022 meeting of EU Ambassadors, Valiant Richey, OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings expressed his appreciation for the extraordinary efforts that Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Dr. Ákos Kozma and his Office have been making to provide assistance to Ukrainian refugees by being present at the border.
On 20 May 2022, Dr. Ákos Kozma, Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, and Dr. Elisabeth Sándor-Szalay, Deputy Commissioner, Ombudsman for the Rights of National Minorities living in Hungary attended the Pro Cultura Minoritatum Hungariae awards ceremony held in the Vigadó of Buda. As many as thirteen individuals and organizations were decorated with this award, which was handed over to them by Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén, responsible – among others – for national minorities.
On 27 April 2022, the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights gave a talk and took part in a panel discussion at a conference organized by the European Network of Ombudsmen in Strasbourg under the title “The role of Ombudsmen in times of crisis – Sharing best practices for helping refugees fleeing from Ukraine”. At the conference, the participants discussed – among others – the circumstances of the reception of those fleeing to Europe from the war in Ukraine, and the measures taken to assist them more efficiently.