This year has been an excellent opportunity and an outstanding international reputation for Hungary, as the first six months are marked by the presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Hungarian Post, being the official supplier has played an important part in the EU presidency; moreover, the EU delegations arriving at the Liszt Ferenc Airport enter Hungary through the VIP lounge situated in the area of the International Postal Exchange Center. These are only two tasks performed by the Post which has supported the EU presidency.
It is important to note that the Hungarian Post appears in the building of the Council of the European Union in Brussels, as this way it makes a direct contribution to the mutual success of the presidency. The Post‘s extensive international activity covers not only the business, but the diplomatic areas, too. The Hungarian Post JSC is member of the UN specialized agency, the Universal Postal Union (UPU), the International Post Corporation, and the PostEurop (organization of post offices of 49 European countries), initiator of the most beautiful Europa stamp competition.
Since 1993 the Association of the European Public Postal Operators (PostEurop) has been responsible for issuing EUROPA stamps. Every year the member states choose a topic which appears on the stamps.. For example, 2010 was the Year of Children. The Hungarian Post came up with stamps representing the Vackor illustrations made by Károly Reich, Kossuth Award-winning graphic artist. The graphics of the block of stamps, the envelope drawing and the impress was made by the stamp designer and graphic artist, György Kara.
The Post believes that the stamps are not only postal stationary goods, but artifacts that can be considered cultural symbols of a country, as by using the means of applied graphics, they show the characteristics specific to the country in a condensed form. Stamps are advertising surface carrying information, but they can also be means to raise money: when applied to the postal matters, they carry the news about Hungary anywhere in the world.
We can be proud of these beautiful Hungarian EUROPA stamps displayed on the posters exhibited in the building of the Council in Brussels, as the Hungarian Post’s EUROPA stamp has won the competition of forty-nine European posts three years in a row. It is an extraordinary achievement, considering the fact that the winner is declared according to the Internet votes of the international public. Prior to 2010 the Hungarian Post was equally successful what the topics of “Astronomy” and “Correspondence” are concerned; the pictures of these stamps also adorn the halls of the Council.The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 the International Year of Forests, thus in 2011 the topic of the EUROPA stamps will be the “Forest”.