The members of the National Council for Sustainable Development

NCSD’s members are appointed by the delegating organisations based on their own decision rules. The leaders of the relevant organisations are requested by NCSD’s president to appoint their delegates. Civil organisations – with the exception of green organisations which delegate prospective members at their annual national meetings – make their decisions in selection forums.  

NCSD’s members are required to attend the meetings of the Council and the relevant Working Committees. Members absent from NCSD’s meetings cannot be substituted but are allowed to submit their questions, comments and proposals concerning the agenda.

The work of the Council’s members is supported by the Secretariat.

The current Council as of January 2020. The number of members with a right a vote is 34. The Council has a quorum if a minimum of 18 members are present.

  1. factions of the parliamentary parties (1 person from each group),
  2. Hungarian Academy of Sciences (3 persons),
  3. economic chambers (2 persons),
  4. churches (2 persons),
  5. unions (2 persons),
  6. employers’ organisations (2 persons),
  7. associations of local governments (2 persons),
  8. the Federation of Technical and Natural Scientific Societies (1 person),
  9. Hungarian Rectors' Conference (1 person),
  10. civil organisations engaged in social issues and health care (2 persons),
  11. organisations of national and ethnic minorities (2 persons),
  12. civil organisations for environment and nature protection (2 persons),
  13. social strata and age group civil organisations (2 persons),
  14. educational and cultural civil organisations (2 persons)

Current members of the National Council for Sustainable Development:

Delegating body


National Assembly

László Kövér, Speaker of Parliament, the Council’s chairman


István Nagy, minister for agriculture, the Council’s co-chairman, represented by: András Rácz, state secretary for environment

Representative groups of parliamentary parties

András Aradszki, MP, Christian Democratic People’s Party
János Bencsik, MP, FIDESZ Hungarian Civic Alliance

László Hajdu, MP, Democratic Coalition

               MP, JOBBIK Movement for a Better Hungary Party,

Erzsébet Schmuck, MP, Politics Can Be Different Party, the Council’s co-chairwoman

Bence Tordai, MP, Dialogue for Hungary

                    MP, Hungarian Socialist Party

Hungarian Academy of Sciences

András Báldi, MTA DSc

Gábor Náray-Szabó, academic, the Council’s co-chairman
Tamás Németh, academic

Chambers of Commerce

Tamás Pásztor, chairman of the National Ethics Committee, Hungarian Chamber of Agriculture

László Parragh, chairman, Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry


Eszter Karsay, Calvinist priest

Zsolt Kükedi, delegate of the Hungarian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, member of the Naphimnusz Teremtésvédelmi Egyesület

Trade unions

Imre Palkovics, president, National Federation of Workers’ Councils
András Földiák,chairman, Forum of Trades Union

Employer organisations

Attila Bencs, vice president, Confederation of Hungarian Employers and Industrialists (MGYOSZ)

Zoltán Zs. Szőke, president, Hungarian National Federation of Consumer Co-operative Societies and Trade Associations (ÁFEOSZ)

Associations of local governments

Lajos Kovács, chairman, Alliance of Climate-friendly Communities

Antonio de Blasio, president, Hungarian Speaking Association of Healthy Cities

(formerly MTESZ)

Gábor Veress, honorary professor

Hungarian Rectors' Conference

Éva Kriszt Sándorné, co-chair, Hungarian Rectors’ Conference

National and ethnic minorities

Vera Giricz, spokesperson for the Ruthenian minority

Maria Ewa Slaba Rónayné, spokesperson for the Polish minority

Social and health civil organizations

András Molnár, Magyar Vöröskereszt (Hungarian Red Cross)

Tamás Rádai, Egészségügyi Technológia és Orvostechnikai Szállítók Egyesülete (Association of Health Technology Suppliers and Medical Device Manufacturers)

Environmental and conservation civil organizations

István Farkas, president, National Society of Conservationists, the Council’s co-chairman
Katalin Sipos, director, WWF

Social strata and age group civil organizations

József Csaba Bodroghelyi , Nagycsaládosok Országos Egyesülete (NOE) (National Association of Large Families)

Zoltán Hegedüs, Nemzeti Ifjúsági Tanács (National Youth Council)

Educational and cultural civil organizations

Zoltán Molnár, Somosi Környezetnevelési Központ (Somos Centre for Environmental Education)

János Zlinszky, 72 Tanítvány Mozgalom Alapítvány (72 Disciples Movement Foundation)

Honorary chair of the National Council for Sustainable Development

Delegating body


National Council for Sustainable Development

Katalin Szili

List of the permanent invitees of the National Council for Sustainable Development

Delegating body


Deputy of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights
responsible for Future Generations

Gyula Bándi, deputy of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights

Ministry for Innovation and Technology, State Secretariat for Sustainability

Attila Steiner, state secretary

Central Statistical Office

Gabriella Vukovich, president

President’s Office

Csaba Kőrösi, director, President’s Office, Directorate for Environmental Sustainability

Hungarian Catholic Church

His eminence Ferenc Beran, parish priest, associate professor at the Faculty of Theology of the Pázmány Péter Catholic University

Hungarian National Rural Network

László Podmaniczky, board member

National Economic
and Social Council (NGGT)

Mrs. László Tarján Anna Tajnafői, NGGT delegate

National Council for Environmental Protection

Miklós Bulla, secretary general