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6th December, 2019
Rally planned for homeless people
The Hungarian Helsinki Committee, the Civil Liberties Union and the Street Lawyer Association are organising a demonstration on December 10, the, UN’s Human Rights Day, against the criminalisation of homelessness.
6th December, 2019
Karácsony lifts ban on gay websites
Mayor Gergely Karácsony has lifted a ban on accessing websites of LGBTQ organisations from city hall computers and has withdrawn from a related lawsuit.
6th December, 2019
Hosszú wins European gold
Ajna Késely won a silver medal for Hungary last night at the European short-course swimming championships in Glasgow.
5th December, 2019
Party zone mayor asks Orbán for help
Newly elected Seventh District mayor Péter Niedermüller has asked Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in a letter for financial help to ease problems caused by heavy tourism in Budapest’s so-called Party Zone.
5th December, 2019
CPI plans two hotels in Budapest
Czech property developer CPI will open two new hotels in Budapest by transforming and renovating two buildings in the Fifth District, Portfolio learned.
4th December, 2019
NMHH fines MTelekom over transfer
The media and telecoms authority NMHH fined Magyar Telekom Ft 10 million, because the company repeatedly rejected a subscriber’s request to have a phone number transferred to a new service provider, without proper grounds, it was announced on Tuesday.
4th December, 2019
Wizz Air mulls monthly subscription
Low cost airline Wizz Air may launch a monthly subscription scheme, offering subscribers one return flight monthly for no additional fees, Polish air industry website Fly4Free reported.
4th December, 2019
Fed Cup final to be held at Papp Aréna
The final of the Fed Cup, the women’s tennis international team competition, will be held at the Papp László Sportaréna next April, the Hungarian Tennis Association announced on Tuesday.
3rd December, 2019
Spar to reduce plastic in packaging
Spar will reduce the use of plastics by not covering certain dairy products such as sour cream with a plastic lid, the retail chain announced.
3rd December, 2019
Struggling news website back again
The Szabad Pécs news website has resumed operations after a week, following a plea for financial support.
3rd December, 2019
Police seize Ft 26mn worth of cocaine
Budapest police have seized more than 1.3 kilograms of cocaine worth Ft 26 million in a workshop in Csepel, the city’s 21st District.
2nd December, 2019
Five-star Parisi Udvar opens
Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Péter Szijjártó formally opened the Parisi Udvar Hotel operated by the Mellow Mood Group on Friday.
2nd December, 2019
Thousands take part in climate rally
Mayor Gergely Karácsony addressed the Budapest rally of Fridays for Future students’ movement on Friday, an event attended by several thousand people, many of high school age.
2nd December, 2019
Russian-language radio station to start in Budapes
A Russian-language online music radio station began operations in Hungary on December 1 under the name Dunayska Volna, Danube Wave, Media1 reported on Friday.
29th November, 2019
Last phase of M3 upgrade starts in March
The renovation of the stations on the middle section of the M3 metro line can start after an agreement to that effect was signed on Wednesday, Budapest public transport company BKV announced on Thursday.
29th November, 2019
LOT to fly to Dubrovnik and Varna
LOT will fly between Budapest and Dubrovnik, Croatia as well as between Budapest and Varna, Bulgaria next summer, sales director of the Polish airlines Michal Fijol announced in Budapest.
28th November, 2019
City harmonises parking rules
Budapest city council on Wednesday amended parking regulations in order to standardise practices across the city.
28th November, 2019
Cabinet aims to send a Hungarian into space
Hungary intends to send an astronaut into outer space in 2024 in co-operation with Russian firm Roscosmos, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó announced yesterday at the European Space Agency conference in Seville.
27th November, 2019
Police investigate sale of Audi land
National Bureau of Investigations detectives have impounded documents and files related to the sale of land bought for the construction of an Audi Logistics Centre near Győr.
27th November, 2019
Forint hits new low against euro
The forint weakened against the euro on the interbank market on Tuesday morning to a new record low of 337.2.
27th November, 2019
Hungarian actress wins international Emmy
Hungarian actress Marina Gera won the International Emmy Award as best actress for her role in the film Örök tél (“Eternal Winter”).
26th November, 2019
Smaller shops face growing pressure
There were 120,500 stores operating in Hungary at the end of June, 2,000 fewer than one year earlier, as even the growth in consumption has not been enough to stop the years-long decline in shops, Portfolio reports.
26th November, 2019
News websites in financial trouble
News website Mérce is launching a fund-raising campaign to ensure its continued operation next year, while local website Szabad Pécs suspended operations yesterday due to a lack of money.
26th November, 2019
Hungary’s first heart transplant recipient dies
Sándor Schwarz, the first person in Hungary to undergo a heart transplant, died on Monday, 27 years after the historic operation.
25th November, 2019
VAT refunds for new homes in poor villages
Home builders in the selected 2,486 disadvantaged villages will enjoy a VAT refund of up to Ft 5 million from January 1, 2020, Finance Minister Mihály Varga announced on Friday.
25th November, 2019
New Vienna-Budapest boat link
Vienna city councillor for business, digital innovation and international affairs Peter Hanke visited Budapest mayor Gergely Karácsony on Friday, to discuss problems caused by short-term tourists in city centres, measures countering climate change, social affairs including homeless care, and public participation in city development projects.
25th November, 2019
Woman held for Ft 1bn VAT fraud
A woman has defrauded the state of Ft 941 million in VAT by running a criminal organisation trading in food industry products, mainly sugar and cooking oil, a court has found.
22nd November, 2019
Mayor takes parking spaces from Russians
At the proposal of mayor Tamás Soproni, the Sixth District local council has returned 33 parking places to local residents, the local council said in a statement on Thursday.
22nd November, 2019
Theatre cancels Gothár production
The Katona József Theatre yesterday announced that it has removed from its repertoire Hóhérok (“Executioners”) the most popular play directed by Péter Gothár, who has confessed to sexual harassment.
22nd November, 2019
Tracking device ordered for tram attack culprit
The Capital Court has ordered criminal supervision for four months for a man who hurled bottles and racist abuse at three Nigerians on a tram last Saturday.
21st November, 2019
City and government at odds over congestion fee
Automotive traffic will be restricted in downtown Budapest within five years to improve the quality of the air, deputy mayor Dávid Dorosz announced on RTL news on Wednesday.
21st November, 2019
Scooters banned from Kossuth tér
The cabinet has amended a decree in order to ban scooters from Kossuth tér, effective December 5.
21st November, 2019
GVH fines HelloPay over default tips
GVH has fined HelloPay Ft 20 million because the digital payment provider automatically charged a 10% default tip on all payments made by consumers at events and festivals serviced by HelloPay, the competition authority GVH announced on Wednesday.
20th November, 2019
Court sentences former Questor head
Csaba Tarsoly, the former head of fraudulent brokerage Questor, has been found guilty by a court for the first time.
20th November, 2019
Hostels for homeless to be upgraded
Budapest’s new leadership is preparing to lay aside tens of millions of forints to raise the standard of hostels for the homeless, Bálint Misetics, an activist with the group The City Belongs to Everybody, has told Népszava.
20th November, 2019
Teens can be liable for death threats
Issuing a threat to murder someone by text or online may be punishable by up to five years in prison, according to a recent ruling by a five-member advisory council for the Kúria on criminal matters.
19th November, 2019
Five-star Sofitel to change hands
US-Hungarian investment management and property developer the Indotek Group has acquired five-star luxury hotel Sofitel for €100 million, HVG reports.
19th November, 2019
Festival Orchestra’s funding cut
The government has informed the Budapest Festival Orchestra that it will provide Ft 200 million less to the ensemble next year, forcing the orchestra to cancel some performances and tours planned for 2020.
18th November, 2019
UK Hungarians registering to stay
Some 17,900 Hungarian citizens registered themselves in Great Britain in October, in order to stay in the UK legally after Brexit, British authorities announced.
18th November, 2019
Padthai Wokbar opens unit in Győr
Thai restaurant chain Padthai Wokbar has opened a new unit in Győr, co-founder Máté Kanóczky told Forbes magazine.
18th November, 2019
Hospital mouse becomes TV star
“You get a mouse with the room you pay for” a woman wrote on Facebook on Saturday, sharing a video recording of a rodent that showed up at the maternity ward of Bajcsy-Zsilinszky hospital.
15th November, 2019
Totalcar launches car repair database
Totalcar has launched a publicly accessible database on the repair history of used cars, which is maintained by input from insurance companies and official car maintenance shops, the car industry website announced on Thursday.
15th November, 2019
Government to tax land speculation
The government is aiming to stop speculation on land reclassification by levying a 90% tax on the extra value obtained by speculators, Index has learned.
15th November, 2019
Grand opening for Puskás Aréna
The newly renovated Puskás Aréna, the former Népstadion, will be ceremonially opened to the public tonight ahead of a friendly football match between Hungary and Uruguay.
14th November, 2019
Investors losing interest in property market
Hungary’s property market is on track for a strong year in 2019, despite weaker growth in the spring and summer months, according to the monthly barometer of real estate brokerage Duna House.
14th November, 2019
Police announce huge heroin haul
Police have confiscated 69.1 kilograms of heroin in Budapest, one of the largest drug seizures in Hungary’s history.
13th November, 2019
Health officials deny banning new hires
The government has banned new hires at hospitals from November 6, Népszava reports, citing a letter sent to hospital directors.
13th November, 2019
District website hacked
The Seventh District website was hacked twice yesterday and obscenities were posted about the new mayor, Péter Niedermüller of the Democratic Coalition.
12th November, 2019
Banks freeze 500,000 accounts
Banks have frozen the accounts of half a million clients, after the deadline for identification of account holders expired on October 31, the Bank Association announced on Monday.
12th November, 2019
Hungary joins Diplomatic Fair
The ninth annual Diplomatic Fair will be held on November 24 in Budapest’s Hotel InterContinental, where, for the first time, there will be a Hungarian stand.
12th November, 2019
More volunteers join Tisza clean-up
More and more volunteers are taking part in the PET Cup, a litter-collection drive in the flood area of the Tisza, as more companies make use of the activity as a team-building exercise.
11th November, 2019
West End mall set for renovation
West End Magyarország, owner of the West End shopping mall, plans to spend millions of euros on renovating the facility in central Budapest.
8th November, 2019
Erdogan visit snarls Buda traffic
The visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the Gül Baba tomb yesterday evening paralysed traffic in central Buda and left hundreds of people stranded for an hour, while roads were sealed off for his motorcade, according to reports.
8th November, 2019
Turkey donates Ft 10mn to kindergarten
The wife of Turkish President Erdogan gave more than Ft 10 million to a kindergarten in Kispest, Budapest’s 19th District, on Thursday, local Socialist mayor Péter Gajda announced in a Facebook post.
8th November, 2019
Police reject Eurostat murder data
Police statistics on murders in Hungary disagree with those of Eurostat, the National Police said yesterday.
7th November, 2019
MTelekom educating pensioners
Magyar Telekom is launching digital competence courses for pensioners, the company announced on Wednesday.
7th November, 2019
Takarékbank hit by online banking problems
Takarékbank’s online banking services collapsed yesterday following work to integrate the systems of 13 banks that were merged into the group.
7th November, 2019
Spring Festival line-up announced
The Hungarian premiere of György Kurtág’s opera Fin de partie will be one of the highlights of the 2020 Budapest Spring Festival, it was announced yesterday.
6th November, 2019
Spar spends Ft 1.8bn on renovations
Supermarket chain Spar has invested Ft 1.8 billion in upgrading four outlets in Budapest, Cegléd, Makó and Salgótarján.
6th November, 2019
No new construction in City Park
Budapest city council yesterday approved with a 17-2 vote a resolution declaring that no more construction work can begin in the City Park.
5th November, 2019
OLAF investigates foundation
The EU anti-fraud office OLAF has launched an investigation into a Ft 450 million subsidy won by the Third Millennium Innovation Foundation, 444 reports, citing an official letter.
5th November, 2019
Miskolc desperate for bus drivers
Several bus services in Miskolc have been terminated or are running on reduced schedules because the city has a shortage of bus drivers.
4th November, 2019
Chinese university in Buda Castle
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met with a delegation from China’s Fudan University, which is establishing a campus in Hungary, at his office on Thursday morning.
4th November, 2019
Chinese buying Budapest property
Foreigners account for 12% of turnover on the Budapest real estate market, and as much as 25% in some districts, according to a report by OTP Ingatlanpont.
4th November, 2019
Soros reluctant to return to Hungary
George Soros has said it is unlikely that he will return to his homeland so long as Viktor Orbán is in power, in an interview granted to Britain’s Guardian newspaper.
31st October, 2019
Fake car components discovered
Customs guards have found nearly 40,000 fake car components in a truck on the M43 motorway, the tax and customs office NAV announced on Wednesday.
31st October, 2019
50 deaths in road accidents this month
Fifty people have been killed in accidents on Hungarian roads so far in October, the National Police announced on Wednesday.
31st October, 2019
Old Ft 500 bank notes expiring
Old Ft 500 bank notes will cease to be legal tender after October 31, the MNB warned on Wednesday.
30th October, 2019
Government to expand health tax
The government is planning to expand the tax on foods considered unhealthy to products containing sweeteners from January 1, Népszava has learned.
30th October, 2019
Pilot training centre planned for Hévíz
Norway’s Pilot Fight Academy yesterday signed a letter of intent with the Innovation and Technology Ministry in Hévíz on establishing a pilot training centre at the airport of the resort town.
30th October, 2019
Massive oil spill flows down Danube
A massive oil spill flowed down the Budapest section of the Danube at around 7.30 a.m. Tuesday morning, Index reports.
29th October, 2019
Kövér restricts journalists
Two international NGOs – the International Press Institute and the European human rights organisation Article 19 – have alerted the Council of Europe to new restrictions imposed on Hungarian journalists in their work in Parliament.
29th October, 2019
Major Flemish painting exhibit opens tomorrow
A major art exhibition entitled “Rubens, Van Dyck and the Golden Age of Flemish Painting” is set to open at the Szépművészeti Múzeum on Wednesday.
29th October, 2019
Sigyn captain released from custody
Prosecutors have appealed against a Friday court ruling to terminate the arrest of the Ukrainian captain of the Viking Cruises hotel ship Sigyn and place him under supervision.
28th October, 2019
Drivers to pay 15% more for insurance
Insurance brokers expect an average 15% increase in compulsory vehicle insurance fees (Casco), according to spokesman Lajos Papp of the Independent Insurance Brokers Association.
28th October, 2019
Hungary and US rebuilding Iraqi town
Iraq’s biggest Christian town, Karakos, is being rebuilt in Hungarian-American co-operation, in accordance with the Hungarian government’s policy that humanitarian aid should be taken where the trouble is rather than bringing the trouble to Europe, the Prime Minister’s Office announced on the weekend.
28th October, 2019
Hungary withdraws from Eurovision
Hungary will not take part in next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, state media manager MTVA has announced.
25th October, 2019
Magyar Posta to sell MÁP+ bond
Magyar Posta is going to sell the attractive retail bond MÁP+, according to the leaflet available at state bond information website Állampapír.
25th October, 2019
NAV to waive half of uncontested fines
NAV is cancelling half of its penalty for unpaid taxes if the amounts due are paid without dispute, the tax authority announced on Thursday.
25th October, 2019
Chain Bridge closed tomorrow
The Chain Bridge will be closed to motor vehicle traffic on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., due to a preliminary inspection required for the renovation of the bridge. Pedestrian traffic will not be restricted.
24th October, 2019
Forty Újpest city hall workers quit
The opposition is facing serious problems in some local authorities following surprising victories at the elections on October 13, website 24 reports.
24th October, 2019
Google is Hungary’s favourite brand
Google tops the list of brands most favoured by Hungarian consumers, according to a representative survey by advertising agency VMLY&R.
24th October, 2019
OTP bigger than European rivals
OTP Bank shares ended trading on the Budapest Stock Exchange on Tuesday at a record high of Ft 13,540, an increase of 1.3%, on strong volume.
22nd October, 2019
Taxi drivers plan protest against Bolt
Taxi drivers are planning to stage a demonstration if ride-sharing company Bolt continues carrying passengers, head of the European Taxi Drivers Association István Csertek said on Monday.
22nd October, 2019
Roman coins found in Baranya
A volunteer with a metal detector recently stumbled upon some 2,000 Roman-era coins in the southern part of Baranya county.
21st October, 2019
LOT to increase flights to New York
LOT Polish Airlines announced on Friday that it will increase flight frequency between Budapest and New York from May.
21st October, 2019
Promotion campaign lifts rail ticket sales
MÁV-Start has more than 210,000 registered users of its mobile app, which now accounts for 28% of online ticket sales, the state-owned railway company announced.
21st October, 2019
Karácsony plans public party
The opposition parties, which have often staged anti-government rallies on October 23, will this year take advantage of the holiday to celebrate their successes in the local elections.
18th October, 2019
MÁV to sell Lake Balaton resorts
The state railway company MÁV is selling its Lake Balaton resorts, according to online auction lists of the state asset manager MNV.
18th October, 2019
60 people died in a month in road accidents
Sixty people died in road accidents in the past month, a fatal accident rate not experienced in decades, National Police transportation director József Óberling told state television station M1 on Thursday.
18th October, 2019
National Gallop this weekend
The 12th National Gallop will be held on Saturday and Sunday on Heroes Square, the Budapest Transport Centre told state news agency MTI on Thursday.
16th October, 2019
Poet’s postcard auctioned for Ft 1 million
A postcard written by early 20th century poet Endre Ady to his younger brother Lajos was auctioned off on Tuesday for Ft 1 million.
16th October, 2019
Deadly train accident
A passenger car collided with a train on the outskirts of Nagymaros, Pest county, at a railway crossing on Tuesday. The driver of the car died instantly, Pest county police announced.
11th October, 2019
EC sues Hungary over cigarette tax
The European Commission has turned to the Court of Justice because the excise tax on cigarettes in Hungary is below the minimum required by the EU, the European authority announced on its website on Thursday.
11th October, 2019
Government promises Wi-Fi in every classroom
The government will establish Wi-Fi connections in all of the 3,500 elementary and high school classrooms, Innovation and Technology Ministry undersecretary Károly Solymár announced in Dunaújváros on Thursday.
11th October, 2019
X-Men TV music may have been plagiarised
Hungarian director Zoltán Kriskó is suing several American media giants, alleging that the theme music for the 1990s X-Men TV series was stolen from the music written for Hungary’s “Linda” TV series, broadcast in 1983.
10th October, 2019
50,000 Hungarians hope to stay in UK
The number of foreign EU citizens applying for long-term residence permits in Great Britain has reached two million, according to data released by the British Home Office on Wednesday.
10th October, 2019
Train station to host transport museum
The 130-year-old Kelenföld train station will be converted into a transport museum at the request of the local council, Prime Minister’s Office leader Gergely Gulyás announced outside the station on Tuesday.
10th October, 2019
Gas explosion destroys homes
A gas blast in an apartment building in Szekszárd, southern Hungary on Wednesday damaged up to 30 flats, Népszava reports.
9th October, 2019
EU Court: journalists may not be barred from camps
The Hungarian state violated the rights of a journalist by denying him entry to refugee camps in 2015, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday.
9th October, 2019
Johansson denies praising Tarlós
US actress Scarlett Johansson has denied praising Budapest mayor István Tarlós.
9th October, 2019
Four hotels among best in region
Four Hungarian hotels have been voted among the top 20 in Central Europe by readers of Condé Nast Traveller magazine.

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