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17th May, 2019
EU finances free Wi-Fi for 63 communities
The European Commission announced on Thursday the 3,400 winners of a tender for establishing free Wi-Fi services at public spaces in European communities.
17th May, 2019
Nyugati overpass to be demolished
The Public Development Council of Budapest proposed the demolition of the overpass which passes over Nyugati tér in Budapest’s Sixth District, Budapest mayor István Tarlós told Kossuth Rádió on Wednesday.
17th May, 2019
Szijjártó speaks out against “migrant cards”
Anonymous bank transfers assist illegal immigration and terrorism, so all anonymous transfers in the banking system should be stopped at the global level, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said at the UN in New York on Thursday.
16th May, 2019
Number of attacks on train conductors drops
The number of attacks on conductors employed by state railway operator MÁV-Start has dropped by more than one quarter from a year ago.
16th May, 2019
Over 100 wanted criminals caught
Police have captured 106 wanted criminals in a series of regional operations this year, the police announced on its website on Wednesday.
15th May, 2019
Budapest Airport replaces security services
Budapest Airport will entrust security services to a new company beginning May 15, the airport manager announced on Tuesday.
15th May, 2019
Airport renews noise insulation programme
Budapest Airport will renew its noise insulation programme, the manager of the Liszt Ferenc International Airport announced on Tuesday.
15th May, 2019
Renoir acquired for museum
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced on Tuesday that Hungary has acquired a new Renoir painting which the general public will soon be able to view.
14th May, 2019
Training for nuclear engineers at 6 universities
Six Hungarian universities will offer training for nuclear power plant engineers from the fall, CEO of Paks II Atomerőmű István Lenkei announced on Monday.
14th May, 2019
NAV summons Two-Tailed Dog Party
The National Tax and Customs Office (NAV) has summoned the executive committee of the Two-Tailed Dog Party for “breaching legal regulations pertaining to counterfeiting of legal tender by unidentified persons”, party president Gergely Kovács told Népszava on Monday.
14th May, 2019
Parking free for Zugló residents
The local council of Zugló, Budapest’s 14th District, will cancel its contracts with companies operating the district’s parking, the council decided on Monday.
13th May, 2019
Danubius completes thermal hotel renewal
Danubius Thermal Hotel opened its renovated restaurant on Friday, completing the Ft 3 billion modernisation of the hotel on Margaret Island in Budapest, general manager Péter Mácsai announced at a press conference at the event.
13th May, 2019
Imre Nagy statue delivered to new location
The statue of former prime minister Imre Nagy was re-erected in a new location on Jászai Mari tér in Budapest’s 13th District early Friday morning.
10th May, 2019
Railway station to be closed for 2 weeks
Budapest’s Keleti railway station will be closed May 13-26 for maintenance works. During that period, each of the affected railway lines will run according to a modified timetable, MÁV communications director Dániel Loppert told reporters.
10th May, 2019
E.ON opens charging stations at Aldi
German electricity distributor E.ON opened its first electric car charging stations in the parking lots of German discount retail chain Aldi in Nyíregyháza on Thursday.
10th May, 2019
NAV to introduce uniforms
NAV announced a tender on Thursday for designing ties and scarves to complement uniforms to be worn by its office workers.
9th May, 2019
Hungary tries to expel Afghan families
The European Court of Human Rights intervened after Hungary tried to expel three Afghan families on Tuesday, the BBC reports.
9th May, 2019
Spar launches online delivery
Supermarket chain Spar launched its online delivery service on Wednesday in Budapest and 49 surrounding towns following a Ft 960 million investment, CEO Zsolt Szalay announced.
9th May, 2019
Wizz Air opens early check-in desk
Discount airline Wizz Air has opened an early check-in desk at the Liszt Ferenc International Airport aimed at reducing queues in the summer peak period.
8th May, 2019
Munich university signs accord with CEU
Munich University of Technology president Wolfgang Herrmann led a delegation to the CEU in Budapest on Tuesday and signed an agreement on co-operation between the two universities with CEU president and Rector Michael Ignatieff.
8th May, 2019
Intensive rat extermination to begin
Targeted, intensive rat extermination is to begin in Budapest’s ten inner districts through a joint plan with the National Health Care Centre, the Mayor’s Office announced on Tuesday.
8th May, 2019
Old weather records broken
National and Budapest daytime cold records were broken on Monday, the National Weather Service stated on its website on Tuesday.
7th May, 2019
Ft 1.6bn more for bicycle paths
City Hall has laid aside another Ft 800 million from its budget for cycling development projects, to which the state will add another Ft 800 million, mayor István Tarlós announced at a press briefing on Monday.
7th May, 2019
Digi to launch cheap mobile internet
Cable TV and telecom service provider Digi is launching a mobile-phone internet service on June 1, according to the website of the media and communications authority NMHH.
7th May, 2019
13th District plans low-energy house
The 13th District in Budapest has invited bids for the construction of a 35-home “passive house” – one which requires minimal energy for heating and cooling – at Jász utca 35, according to the EU public tender website.
6th May, 2019
Airport to improve service for Chinese tourists
Budapest Airport announced new services to help Chinese travellers in the Hungarian capital, the airport operator said.
6th May, 2019
EC may look into media conglomerate
The European Commission confirmed to Brussels website Politico on Friday that it is considering whether to investigate whether the pro-government media conglomerate Kesma established in Hungary last November is a beneficiary of illegal state aid.
3rd May, 2019
Cabinet cuts funding for Chain Bridge
The cabinet has reduced the funds earmarked for the renovation of the Chain Bridge and the Castle Tunnel from Ft 7 billion to Ft 6 billion, while ordering more tasks.
3rd May, 2019
Commissioner to oversee students’ trips abroad
High school students can apply for government grants from the next school year to cover the costs of studying a foreign language abroad, Fidesz MP Mónika Bartos announced.
3rd May, 2019
Electronic toll payment going offline
The electronic motorway toll payment system will be unavailable from 8 p.m. Saturday until 8 a.m. Sunday, due to scheduled maintenance work, it was announced on Thursday.
2nd May, 2019
CIB still struggling with IT system
CIB bank’s online services were not available on Tuesday and its online banking, call centre and mobile app were out of service on Wednesday, clients told Napi.
2nd May, 2019
Rat extermination may start this week
An intensive effort to exterminate rats could begin in Budapest this week after the capital’s public procurement committee approved an amendment to an agreement on extermination on Tuesday.
2nd May, 2019
Swine flu spreads to Hajdú-Bihar
African swine flu has reached Hajdú-Bihar county, where three wild boars were found infected near Nyírábrány and Álmosd on April 29, the food safety authority Nébih announced on Tuesday.
30th April, 2019
Gov’t forgoes Norway Funds in dispute over control
Hungary is unwilling to accept nearly Ft 70 billion in grants from Norway because 10% of the total would be distributed directly to NGOs, liberal weekly Magyar Narancs reports.
30th April, 2019
Norwegian investors start pilot training in Hévíz
Norwegian company Central European Aviation Cluster, in partnership with Norway’s Pilot Flight Academy, will establish a pilot training centre in Hévíz from a €15 million investment, Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Péter Szijjártó announced on Monday.
29th April, 2019
Mobile internet usage jumps
The number of mobile Internet users grew by 37% between 2015 and the end of 2018, while mobile data traffic grew four-fold in the period, according to data from media authority NMHH.
29th April, 2019
First guests arrive at Sármellék airport
The first charter flight of the new season landed in Sármellék Hévíz-Balaton Airport on Saturday, carrying more than 80 passengers on a Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt.
29th April, 2019
Students object to foreign-language requirement
High school and university students staged a demonstration outside Parliament Friday afternoon against government plans to make proficiency in a foreign language a requirement for those wishing to pursue post-secondary education from 2020.
26th April, 2019
Sziget announces Ft 1.5bn profit
The Sziget festival aims to achieve a record high number of visitors this year through continuing to increase its budget for top performers.
26th April, 2019
Tímea Vajna becomes head of Nobu
On March 15, Tímea Vajna became a CEO of Buno Vendéglátóipari, the company operating the luxury restaurant Nobu, replacing her husband Andy who died in January, news website 24 found in the company registry.
26th April, 2019
Book fest opens
The 26th Budapest International Book Festival opened at the Millenáris Park on Thursday. The four-day event includes some 400 programmes for the general public.
25th April, 2019
MÁV to clean carriages more often
Due to frequent passenger complaints over dirty trains, MÁV-Start will begin cleaning carriages more often, the state-owned passenger railway company announced Wednesday.
25th April, 2019
City Hall delays rat extermination
Budapest city council was to decide on Wednesday whether to order a special rat extermination procedure with immediate effect, referring to a grave public health hazard, Index reports.
25th April, 2019
Danny DeVito arrives in Budapest
American actor Danny DeVito arrived in Budapest Wednesday to shoot his latest film.
24th April, 2019
No night flights from August
Beginning in August, no flights will be permitted for take-off or landing at Budapest Liszt Ferenc Airport between midnight and 5 a.m., announced Budapest mayor István Tarlós and Innovation and Technology Minister László Palkovics at a press briefing on Tuesday.
24th April, 2019
DK reports Orbán over pensions
The Democratic Coalition party has filed an official complaint against Prime Minister Viktor Orbán for fraud after Prime Minister’s Office leader Gergely Gulyás disclosed at a government press briefing last week that no individual pension accounts will be introduced in this term of government.
24th April, 2019
Magyar Telekom to sell its resorts
Magyar Telekom has decided to sell all of its holiday resorts, including the Telekom Hotel at Lake Balaton in Balatonkenese, the telecoms company announced on its website on Tuesday.
23rd April, 2019
Cafés Night scheduled for May
Budapest’s coffee shops will be promoting café culture in a special Cafés Night on May 17.
23rd April, 2019
Cabinet to buy 3,000 electric buses
The cabinet supports the procurement of 3,000 electric buses and will fund the purchase in the present term of government, Prime Minister’s Office leader Gergely Gulyás told a press conference on Thursday.
18th April, 2019
Mahir refuses to display HVG ads
Outdoor advertising company Mahir is refusing to display posters of HVG’s front pages, with immediate effect, the weekly reports.
18th April, 2019
Hankook accused of penalising former strikers
Hankook has cut back the number of paid vacation days and bonuses of those employees who took part in the strike at the tyre maker in March, the local chapter of chemical industry workers union VDSZ reports.
18th April, 2019
Writer apologises for “upskirt” photo
Tamás Pilhál of government-linked website PestiSrácok has deleted his “upskirting” photo of teenager Blanka Nagy from Facebook.
17th April, 2019
China’s AliPay starts in May
The first AliPay-compatible terminals will begin operating in Hungarian shops for use by Chinese tourists in May, supplier the Ingenico Group announced on Tuesday.
17th April, 2019
More Hungarians living in Germany
There were 212,360 Hungarian citizens living in Germany at the end of 2018, up by 2.6% from 207,025 a year earlier, the German statistics office Destatis announced.
17th April, 2019
Police plan to fence off Pride parade
Police are insisting that this year’s Budapest Pride parade should take place behind temporary barriers, against the wishes of the event organisers.
16th April, 2019
MKB online service out of order
MKB’s online bank service crashed on Monday, Index reports.
16th April, 2019
Air traffic strike threatens flights
Air traffic controllers at HungaroControl are planning a two-hour warning strike for Wednesday, which could cause delays at Liszt Ferenc International Airport in Budapest.
15th April, 2019
Court upholds right to paint on sidewalks
The Constitutional Court on Friday annulled a Szombathely county court ruling that the Two-Tailed Dog Party had violated sanitation regulations by painting bright colours on cracked sidewalks.
15th April, 2019
Magyar Posta selling train tickets
Magyar Posta has signed an agreement with state passenger railway company MÁV-Start on selling train tickets in 17 post offices from April, the companies announced on Friday.
15th April, 2019
Hungarian law students win international contest
A team of Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) law students came first at the prestigious Jessup international competition organised by the International Law Students Association in Washington.
12th April, 2019
Cabinet facing clash with Facebook
The Orbán cabinet is preparing to regulate Facebook, as the social media network may wish to vet pro-government advertisements in the EU election campaign, according to HVG.
12th April, 2019
Meininger opens Ft 6bn hotel
UK-based Meininger Hotels opened its first unit in the Central and Eastern European region in downtown Budapest near the Great Market Hall on Thursday, following a Ft 6 billion investment.
12th April, 2019
Bomber sent back to penitentiary
László Papp, the man sentenced to life imprisonment for detonating a bomb on Teréz körút in 2016, has been released from a psychiatric institute and taken back to the Vác prison where he was serving his term.
11th April, 2019
Alstom bribery suspects indicted
Prosecutors have pressed bribery charges against four people at the Capital Court in relation to the procurement of Alstom trains and carriages for Budapest’s fourth metro line.
11th April, 2019
Homes evacuated as bombs are defused
Several World War II bombs were successfully defused or removed from a large area in central Buda on Wednesday morning after thousands of people evacuated their homes and offices.
10th April, 2019
EC suspects Elios of cartel activity
Inspectors of the European Commission (EC) conducted surprise audits of five companies, including Elios, on the same day in the middle of March Index learned from several independent sources.
10th April, 2019
March of the Living set for Sunday
Hungary’s March of the Living to remember the victims of the Holocaust will be held on Sunday in Budapest.
10th April, 2019
Ignatieff: CEU staying in Budapest
The Central European University campus in Vienna will in all certainty be opened but the institution on Nádor utca will also remain, no matter what happens to the legal permit expected from Fidesz, rector Michael Ignatieff told Klubrádió on Tuesday.
9th April, 2019
Continental dismissing employees
ContiTech Fluid Automotive Hungária yesterday confirmed reports that it has been dismissing staff from its factory in Makó.
9th April, 2019
Man kidnapped in broad daylight
ATV has broadcast a video recording of a man being kidnapped in Budapest in broad daylight following a scuffle last week.
9th April, 2019
Ambulance service launches new app
The national ambulance service OMSZ will launch a mobile-phone app with the help of the Vodafone Foundation in the autumn, it was announced on Monday.
8th April, 2019
Austria extends border checks again
Austria is extending checks and controls on its borders with Hungary and Slovenia at least until November, Austrian news agency APA reported on Sunday, citing a letter from Interior Minister Herbert Kickl to the European Commission.
8th April, 2019
Chinese to reopen Zalaegerszeg hotel
The four-star Hotel Balaton in downtown Zalaegerszeg will reopen in the fall, after Chinese backers complete a Ft 1 billion investment, mayor Zoltán Balaicz announced on Friday.
8th April, 2019
Train conductors get body cameras
Train conductors in service on railway lines passing through Mátészalka, east Hungary have been wearing body cameras in response to a rise in insults and physical assaults by fare dodgers and passengers otherwise violating regulations.
5th April, 2019
Recruitment agency receives €4mn in funding
Recruitment agency Talentuno is the recipient of a €4 million investment by state-owned venture capital fund manager Hiventures and investment fund manager Bonitás to finance its expansion, it was announced on Thursday.
5th April, 2019
Hungary outraged by Slovak bill on anthems
The government finds unacceptable Slovakia’s new bill restricting the singing of national anthems of other countries in public places, Prime Minister’s Office leader Gergely Gulyás announced at the government press conference on Thursday.
4th April, 2019
Evacuations ahead after bombs found
The discovery of several World War II explosive devices during construction on the Koltai Jenő Sports Centre in Buda has necessitated the evacuation of a wide area around Healea út, Alkotás utca and the MOM Park shopping mall next week.
4th April, 2019
Google starts updating Street View
Google cars began cruising the streets of Budapest, Székesfehérvár, Győr, Pécs, Szeged, Miskolc and Debrecen on Wednesday to refresh the Street View service, Google Magyarország marketing director Botond Borsos told journalists in Budapest on Wednesday.
3rd April, 2019
HírTV staff wiped out
Practically everybody has been sacked from HírTV, as barely half a dozen of the staff of 200 remain, Népszava reports.
3rd April, 2019
CIB opens new style branch in mall
CIB has opened a new generation branch in Budapest’s West End shopping mall, the bank announced on Tuesday.
2nd April, 2019
Budapest to host telecoms conference
Budapest will host the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) Telecom World conference in Budapest on September 9-12, under an agreement signed by ITU head Houlin Zhao and a representative of the Hungarian government.
2nd April, 2019
OTP ends payment by yellow cheque
OTP has terminated the use of yellow cheques for cash transfer orders at its branches as of April 1, Hungary’s largest bank announced yesterday.
2nd April, 2019
Elderly heroin dealers caught
Two men, one a 70-year-old resident of Siófok, the other a 68-year-old resident of Budapest, are suspected of regularly smuggling heroin along with three Serbian associates, Index reports.
1st April, 2019
Director quits historical film project
Film director János Szász will not direct a state-funded movie on 15th-century regent János Hunyadi, he announced on Friday.
1st April, 2019
New rescue helicopters to enter service
State-of-the-art rescue helicopters will enter into service in Szentes, Debrecen and Budaörs today, police announced on Sunday.
29th March, 2019
Transaction tax cut to be cancelled
Plans to place a cap on the annual amount of financial transaction tax paid by individuals have been scrapped, business website Menedzs¬ment Fórum reports.
29th March, 2019
M3 section reopens tomorrow
The northern section of the M3 metro will reopen to passengers from Saturday afternoon, after Strabag and Swietelsky have completed upgrade works, it was announced yesterday.
29th March, 2019
Gaming company finds many addicts
About 4% of Hungarians are gambling addicts, and a further 10% are at risk of becoming addicted, according to a survey by state gaming monopoly Szerencsejáték.
28th March, 2019
Gender pay gap remains wide
The gap between the average net monthly salary of male and female staff is Ft 50,000-60,000, according to a survey by consultant EMPX Solutions.
28th March, 2019
Ryanair announces six new flights
Discount airline Ryanair will launch flights to six new destinations from Budapest in the 2019 winter timetable, regional director Denis Barabas announced on Tuesday.
28th March, 2019
Two new restaurants win Michelin stars
The number of Budapest restaurants with Michelin stars has risen from four to six, with the inclusion of the Babel and Stand eateries in the latest edition of the gourmand’s guidebook.
27th March, 2019
SET to launch car-monitoring app
The SET Group is testing a mobile phone app based on blockchain technology which tracks the life of cars, the company announced yesterday on the stock exchange website.
27th March, 2019
Dairy farmers protest at Penny Market
Dairy farmers demonstrated at the Penny Market logistics centre in Alsónémedi, Pest country on Tuesday, in protest against the discount retail chain’s sale of cheap milk imported from Slovakia.
27th March, 2019
Two killed by illicit alcohol
Two people died in eastern Hungary and several others were poisoned but survived after drinking illicit alcohol, Index reports.
26th March, 2019
Advertisers won’t host anti-Orbán billboards
Outdoor advertising companies are unwilling to provide surfaces for an ad campaign critical of the government, the Momentum party said yesterday.
26th March, 2019
State to buy “Whale” from Budapest
The city of Budapest will sell the Bálna (“Whale”) building in the Ninth District on the Danube riverside to state asset manager MNV for Ft 11.2 billion plus Ft 3 billion VAT, HVG reports.
26th March, 2019
Omega song plagiarised again
The makers of a British TV series simply stole the hit song recorded by Omega 50 years ago, entitled Gyöngyhajú lány (“Girl with Pearly Hair”), the tabloid Blikk reported.
25th March, 2019
ISIS member detained in Hungary
Authorities on Friday detained and questioned a Syrian terrorism suspect who was a member of ISIS for three years.
25th March, 2019
MNB concludes art buying project
The MNB has ended its art buying programme, having spent Ft 13 billion since January 2014 on the purchase of artworks, it was announced on Friday.
25th March, 2019
Lidl cutting down on plastics use
German discount chain Lidl announced plans to reduce its plastic use by 210 tons by the end of the year as it will reduce the weight of PET bottles and cut back its plastic packaging.
22nd March, 2019
Extreme Digital and eMag to merge
Consumer durable and electronics retail chains Extreme Digital and eMag will merge, Extreme Digital CEO Balázs Várkonyi announced on Thursday.
22nd March, 2019
Tarlós promises cycle-friendly roads
Both the network of bicycle-friendly public roads in Budapest and MOL’s Bubi bicycle rental system will be expanded, mayor István Tarlós announced on Thursday.
22nd March, 2019
Hungarian suspect caught in Mexico
A Hungarian wanted for an attempted murder in 2001 is facing charges in a Hungarian court after he was caught in Mexico last summer.
21st March, 2019
IIB rejects “Russian bank” label
The International Investment Bank (IIB) yesterday rejected claims that it is a Trojan horse of the Russian secret service, index reports.
21st March, 2019
OTP to pay Ft 219 dividend
The board of directors of OTP is recommending that shareholders approve a Ft 219 dividend per share at the AGM on April 12, the bank group announced on the stock exchange website.
21st March, 2019
Spar selling reusable plastic bags
Spar has launched the distribution of reusable and sealable plastic bags at its fruit and vegetable sales points, the Dutch retail chain announced on Wednesday.
20th March, 2019
Budapest Airport to open car park
Budapest Airport is planning to open a new parking facility for 670 vehicles in June, the airport managing company announced on Tuesday.
20th March, 2019
Family not given meals in transit zone
The Hungarian Helsinki Committee reported that the European Court of Human Rights had to intervene for the eighth time since August because Hungarian authorities did not give meals to asylum-seekers waiting in the transit zone.
20th March, 2019
Teréz körút bomber taken for medical observation
László Papp, the man who planted a bomb on Teréz körút in September 2016, which critically injured two police officers, has been taken to a psychiatric institute for mental observation after he collapsed in prison.

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