Human Resources Minister Miklós Kásler attended an event on Saturday which marked Baron József Eötvös's 150th death anniversary.
During the reburial event of the late statesman and his family, Kásler said Eötvös (1813-1871) was not only a 19th century politician but “a man who had written his name among history’s greatest”. Eötvös and his contemporaries in Hungary’s Reform Age in the first half of the 19th century worked to “extend the rights of the nobility to the whole nation, sharing power and opportunities with them,” Kásler added. Eötvös, when public education minister, managed to resolve issues around ethnic minorities and the emancipation of Jews, he introduced free public education and implemented a reform of secondary and higher education, Kásler said.
The ceremony was also attended by Tamás Freund, head of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, of which Eötvös had been the third president, as well as National Museum head László L. Simon.
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