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Goncz, Kinga

Former Member of European Parliament (S&D, Hungary) and Vice-Chair of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee


Kinga Göncz, Hungary, recently has been appointed the Chair of the Roma Advisory Board of the Open Society Institute. She has been a member of the European Parliament between 2009- 2014, the Vice-Charwoman of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. She was also part of the Delegation for Relations with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo and a substitute member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs.

Before joining Parliament, Göncz was Minister of Foreign Affairs in Hungary from 2006 to 2009 and Minister of Youth, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities from 2004 to 2006. She was nominated as Minister without portfolio of Equal Opportunities in 2004, and was appointed as Political State Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Social and Family Affairs in 2002. Between 1998 and 2003, Göncz taught a course in the Social Psychology of Prejudice at the Human Rights Department of the Central European University, Hungary. She acted as the director of Partners Hungary from 1994 to 2002, and was an associate professor at the Social Policy and Social Work Department of the Institute for Sociology of Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary, from 1989

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