Gergely Karácsony is a green, left-wing politician, co-chair of the Dialogue party. He was elected as Mayor of Budapest in 2019 as the joint candidate of 5 opposition parties. Between 2014-2019 he served as mayor of Budapest’s 14th district. Prior to that, he was an MP of the LMP (Politics Can Be Different) party between 2010-2013.
Mr Karácsony is a sociologist and pollster by profession and also taught at the Corvinus University of Budapest for ten years.
He is married and has two children. He enjoys listening to jazz, going for long bike rides and watching volleyball.
He ran as a prime ministerial candidate for the coalition of the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) and the Dialogue party in 2018.
The role and strength of cities in the 21st century not only relates to economic opportunity and prosperity but, increasingly, these issues are an expression of democratic values. The attitudes and voting preferences of those living in modern cities prove the trend. According GLOBSEC research, people in the capitals of Czechia, Hungary, and Slovakia prefer liberal democracy to autocracy more than in other regions. In December 2019, the V4 Mayors, all elected as advocates for progressive politics and liberal democracy principles, formed a progressive value-based Pact of Free Cities. Among other goals, this alliance argues for more direct funding for cities to increase efficiency and progress in climate action and innovation, policy areas that often remain stuck amid debates within national governments. What are the goals and objectives of the Free Cities Pact, and how will they be accomplished? Can they pave the way for more robust national policies? Will the ‘value gap’ between urban and rural areas continue to persist? How can mayors capitalize on support from citizens for climate action and environmental protection?