Szabolcs Takács is the State Secretary for European Union Affairs at the Prime Minister’s Office. Prior to this position, he served as the Deputy State Secretary for Security Policy (Political Director) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He also served as the Deputy State Secretary for Global Affairs between 2012 and 2013, and as a Director General of the Asia-Pacific Department between 2011 and 2012. His earlier assignments included working as a director at the Office of the Deputy State Secretary for Global Affairs and also as a director at the Office of the Deputy State Secretary in charge of bilateral relations with non-European countries and International Development Cooperation. Between 2005 and 2009 he was the Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Hungary in Doha and prior to that worked at the Department of Asia-Pacific since joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2002.