A total of 165 persons followed the invitation of host firm Balázs & Holló, Law Firm to join us for the 2005 AGM and Spring Conference in Hungary’s capital, Budapest. Sunny days and a lively, bustling city, made this trip a worthwile experience, notwithstanding some smaller deficiencies giving us just a hint on what it meant to live in a controlled society before Hungary changed to a democratic system.
Most participants stayed in the convention hotel, the Sofitel Atrium Budapest, with a splendid view over the Danube, of the world famous “Chain Bridge” and the castle hill. Alternatively we had also rooms blocked in the hotel Taverna, a typical city hotel.
The conference started with the traditional get-together cocktail in the Sofitel Atrium, offered by the host. It was a very busy event, where our members could meet friends and partners, exchange news and making new acquaintances.
Lead by our Chairman of the Board, Howard Palser, the Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2005 started at 8.30 a.m. on Friday April 29. Having passed the statutory business, it was a true pleasure to welcome as new members (January - May 2005):
HSKA Avocats Associés in Strasbourg / France,
Rechtsanwälte Möllenhoff in Münster / Germany, and
Mag. Hubertus P. Weben, Rechtsanwalt, successor of former Consulegis member firm Dr. Helmut A. Rainer in Innsbruck / Austria.
Members unanimously approved the Advisory’s Board proposal for higher membership fees in order to create a fund for increased marketing activities and accepted the corresponding budget for 2005. Members further approved the creation of a Consulegis subgroup America Latina (CALC) which will serve to foster a closer collaboration of Consulegis firms in this region.
On Friday afternoon participants took part in various specialist groups, and in the evening everybody was invited to a Boat trip on the Danube with a typical Hungarian dinner.
On Saturday participants could chose between a City sight-seeing tour and the visit of the Gellért Thermal Bath, a place to be seen for its original and unique Art Déco Architecture.
This interesting conference finished with a Gala Dinner in the ceremonial hall of the Ministry of Justice, again a place dating back to the 19th century.
We extend our cordial thanks to the host, Balázs & Holló, Law Firm and to their collaborators who undertook great efforts in organizing a memorable event in their beautiful city.