Dr. Matyas Eörsi
Senior Advisor & Head of Administration, Finance and Human Resources
Dr. Matyas Eörsi is a senior advisor to the secretary general and Head of Administration, Finance and Human Resources at the Community of Democracies. A former lawmaker and senior official in Hungary, he joined the Permanent Secretariat in 2014.
Dr. Eörsi, a former State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, became active in politics during the political changes that swept across Central and Eastern Europe in 1989. He was an active participant in the roundtable negotiations that led to Hungary’s peaceful transition from Communism to a democratic market economy in 1989 and 1990.
In the historical referendum in 1989, Dr. Eörsi served on Hungary’s first Central Election Committee (CEC). In 1990, he was elected to Parliament during the country’s first free elections. He served in leadership positions in the Parliament for 20 years, until 2010.
At the international level, Dr. Eörsi was a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) from 1994 to 2010. In 2002, Dr. Eörsi was elected Leader of the ALDE Group in the Assembly, a position he held until 2009. He also served as Vice-President of Liberal International, and Bureau member of the ELDR Party. In 2008, he was the Hungarian Government’s nominee as Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
In the Council of Europe, Dr. Eörsi was involved in numerous projects that allowed him to share his transition experiences with other countries in Central Asia, Africa, the Middle East and beyond. He was the Council of Europe rapporteur for several countries and political issues. In his capacity as rapporteur, Dr. Eörsi focused on democratic institutions, with a particular focus on parliaments, including the rules of procedure, actions of committees, including investigating committees, anticorruption efforts and several other fields.
In 2011, Dr. Eörsi worked for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) in Jordan. In Libya, he worked for Democracy Reporting International (DRI) to assist parliaments in the Arab Spring countries. He has also visited Tunisia, Egypt and Libya to share transition experiences.
Dr. Eorsi holds a doctorate in law from the Eötvös Loránd University.