The idea behind the scheme is to offer cheap options for would-be homeowners during a time of intense housing shortage
Gergely Karácsony was born on 11 June 1975 in Fehérgyarmat, Hungary. He is a political scientist, acting university lecturer, a former member of the Hungarian Parliament and a district mayor.
In 1993 Gergely graduated from the Tóth Árpád High School, then was admitted to the Károli Gáspár Calvinist University. In 1995 he went to the Institute of Sociology and Social Policy at the Eötvös Loránd University, where he graduated in 2000 as a sociologist.
On top of his sociology education, Gergely studied Political Theory at the Faculty of Humanities at Eötvös Loránd University between 1995 and 1997. Between 2000-2006 he worked for a media and public opinion research enterprise where in 2007 he became Director of research.
Gergely has been a lecturer at the Institute of Political Science at Corvinus University of Budapest since 2004 and since 2007 - a PhD student at the Institute of Political Science, Eötvös Loránd University. He specializes in electoral behaviour, political opinion, political culture, election campaigns, electoral systems.
Karácsony Gergely is currently co-chair of the Dialogue for Hungary (PM). He won the mayoral elections in Budapest on 13th October 2019 with 50.86 percent (353,595 votes), defeating István Tarlós, the outgoing mayor, supported by Fidesz.
He has won a mayor’s seat in municipal elections in Hungary in the past – those in Zuglo, the 14th District of Budapest, in 2014.
Source: Municipality of Budapest, Karácsony Gergely on Facebook