Who I am


 dr. ISTVÁN UJHELYI, member of the European Parliament


28 February 1975, Berettyóújfalu, Hungary

Married, father of six children.


– Diploma at József Attila University Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, Szeged, 2003

– High school degree, Tóth Árpád High School Debrecen, 1993


– Special Ambassador / UN World Tourism Organisation

– Member of European Parliament (2014-) (Head of Hungarian S&D/MSZP-Delegation)

– First Vice-Chair of EP’s Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) – responsible for tourism

– Member of European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)

– Initiator of European Health Union (“champion” of European Health Union Initiative)

– Vice-president of the Hungarian Socialist Party 2014-2017

– Deputy speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly from 2010-2014

– President of the National Tourism Committee 2009-2010

– State secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office 2009-2010

– State secretary of the Ministry of the Local Government and Regional Development, 2006-2008

– Vice-president of the Hungarian Socialist Party 2004-2008

– Government commissioner, 2002-2006

– Member of Hungarian Parliament from 2002-2014

– Member of the General Presidency of the Hungarian Socialist Party, 2000-2004

– Member of the Board of Trustees of the Hungarian Radio Public Foundation, 2000-2001

– Member of the Hungarian Television Public Foundation Board of Trustees, 1999-2000

– Chairman of Hungarian Children and Youth Council 1999-2004

– Vice-president, then president of the youth organization of the Hungarian Socialist Party, 1995-2004

– Member of the local government of Szeged, 1994-2002

– Member of the Hungarian Socialist Party between 1993-2022

– Founder of Esély Közösség (Chance Community) social democratic movement, 2022


– Political scholarship, Washington, 1999, 2003

– Scholar of the European Council, London, 1999


– Founder and President of the Confucius Institute at the University of Szeged (established with the cooperation of the Shanghai International Studies University)

– Member of the governing body of the Mediterranean Tourism Board in Malta

– Initiator of EU-China Tourism Year 2018

– Initiator of European Capital of Tourism project, aka “European Capital of Smart Tourism”

– Founder and President of Europe-China OBOR Culture & Tourism Development Committee, 2016

– Political mentor of the FreeInterRail-programme (DiscoverEU)

– Ambassador of Circus Art 2018 (awarded by the World Circus Federation)

– Founder of think-thank “European Democrats” – 2016

– Social chairman of Pick Szeged Handball Team since 2005

– Founder of the Szőreg Rose Foundation, 2003