The Hungarian national EUROPEA organisation was established in 1997 as MASZE – Magyar Agrárszakoktatási Szakértők Egyesülete or in English: HAVE – Hungarian Association of Agricultural Vocational Educational.


It was founded with the aim to provide its members with a strong communicational platform, offer help with their professional work and represent their interests. Today EUROPEA-Hungary unites more than 100 natural persons, mainly teachers in Green VET but also agricultural experts, consultants and specialists working for governmental institutes and offices. Other members are the Hungarian EUROPEA schools, which make up the national network, and they are about 20.

In 2003 our Statutes were amended in a way that made it possible for MASZE to become the Hungarian member organization of EUROPEA. Following the Presidency of the Council of the European Union Hungary hosted the Spring Seminar in 2011 in Kaszópuszta, deep in the charming Hungarian countryside. Our next chance to organise a EUROPEA meeting comes in 2024.

As for competitions, in 2010 we had the honour to organize the 5th EUROPEA Wine Championships, which was held in Budafok, near Budapest, and in Villány, the famous wine region of Southwest Hungary. Our national team has taken part in both of 1st and 2nd AGROLYMPICS in 2015 and in 2017. Moreover, in May this year the beautiful town of Sopron, situated near the Austrian border, will accommodate 17th European Championships in Forestry Skills.

Over the past 15 years EUROPEA-Hungary or Hungarian EUROPEA schools were involved in the following projects: FANCAM, CHAVET, AGROCUA, AQUAP, ALIVE, ANGIE 2.0, EBBEY.

The last annual meeting of the membership was held in December 2017. The current board is led by the new president Zoltán Karácsony (Educational Executive at the Herman Ottó Institute, Bp) and the national coordinator Izabella Krencsey-Élő (International Contact Person at Herman Ottó Institute, Bp).


By Judit Covic (HU), leader of EUROPEA Editorial Group

Photos by Anders Broman (SE) taken during the 2011 EUROPEA Meeting in Kaszópuszta, HU

Did you know…?

Map: Hungary in Europe

Hungary in Europe.

  • Hungary was part of the Celtic world, then the Roman Empire. Following the fall of Rome, the Huns settled in the plains of Pannonia and gave their name to Hungary.
  • Hungary is one of the oldest countries in Europe. It was founded in 896, before France and Germany became separate entities, and before the unification of Anglo-Saxon kingdoms.
  • Around 1000 CE, the Kingdom of Hungary was one of the largest states in Europe, bigger than France. Later, it became of the two “eagle heads” of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
  • The Hungarian language is known as Magyar. It is the direct descendant of the language spoken by the Huns and is therefore not an Indo-European language. It has only two related languages in Europe: Finnish and Estonian.
  • The Hungarian alphabet is unique! It has some letters in it which are composed of more than one letter. For example, the English ‘j’ sound from ‘jam’ is written as ‘dzs’ in the Hungarian alphabet, and it is considered one letter. All together Hungarian alphabet has 44 letters.
  • The capital of Hungary was almost named Pestbuda… Budapest was born when three cities, Buda, Pest and Óbuda (Old Buda) were united, and at first the founders had different ideas about what they should name the new city.
  • World’s largest geothermal cave system is found in Hungary. It is located in the undergrounds of Budapest.
  • Hungarian inventions include the noiseless match (János Irinyi), Rubik’s cube (Erno Rubik), and the krypton electric bulb (Imre Bródy).
  • Hungary, like Austria, has a long tradition of classical music, although often blended with folkloric elements. Composers Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály or Franz Liszt were all Hungarian.
  • As of 2007, 13 Hungarians had received a Nobel prize, i.e. more than Japan, China, India, Australia or Spain.
  • Hungary has one of the oldest metro railways in the world, dating back to 1896.


Katrin Uurman (EE), leader of the campaign “Month of an EUROPEA Member State”


Horticulture Rules!

Photographed by Veronika Abroi

In January, 2018 Räpina School of Horticulture (EE) invited all Estonian schools and kindergartens to take part in a new plant growing project called “Kurgisõbrad” (“Friends of Cucumber”). It is the 5th such type of plant project enforced by Räpina School of Horticulture.

516 groups of students are participating in the project, coming from different educational level from 243 educational institutions. There are a bit more than 9500 participants (students, children and supervisors) attending from all over Estonia. Participants grow cucumber (Cucumis sativus) ‘Dolomit’ F1 and Mexican sour cucumber, called as mouse melon or cucamelon or Mexican miniature watermelon (Melothria scabra).

Räpina School of Horticulture sent seeds and needed fertilizers to all participants on Valentine’s Day. The plant growing experiment in classrooms started on 19th of February and will last until the end of April. During the project several creativity competitions will take part, participants will learn to grow cucumber and cucamelon. All groups reflect their activities on their blogs. Students of Räpina School of Horticulture give advice about the topic. Hopefully, all participants will have a success and enjoy own grown crop at the end of the project. 🙂

Photographed by Eve Saare

Photographed by Raina Leht

Katrin Uurman

Where agriculture originates from?

Source: ICH Hungary

Throughout 2018, we will celebrate our diverse cultural heritage across Europe – at EU, national, regional and local level. The aim of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe’s cultural heritage and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. The slogan for the year is: Our heritage: where the past meets the future.

And what are the Hungarians proud of? Such as falconry, pottery, Matyó heritage and Kalocsa folklore, living traditions all around Hungary.

Check out the elements of Hungarian national inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage


Izabella Élő