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27th June, 2019
Drive Now starts services on July 1
Drive Now is launching its services in Budapest on July 1, the premium car-sharing company announced on Wednesday.
27th June, 2019
Hungarians comfortable with cash
Some 46% of Hungarians are cash users by habit although they are aware of available electronic payment options, the Association of Electronic Payment Service Providers found in a survey.
27th June, 2019
Government paving unpaved roads
Some 45km of unpaved road in Budapest will be paved by the end of the year, ministerial commissioner Kristóf Szatmáry said on Wednesday.
26th June, 2019
Casinos earn more, pay less tax
Revenues of Hungary’s casinos rose by more than Ft 6 billion last year to Ft 38.7 billion, boosting their post-tax profit by nearly Ft 3 billion to Ft 11.6 billion.
26th June, 2019
MKKP bus stop destroyed
A bus stop built by the Two-Tailed Dog Party (MKKP) in Szombathely from public donations has been pulled down by unknown persons in the middle of the night, shortly before it was to be formally approved.
25th June, 2019
EC finds no double standard in food quality
There is no proof that the quality of the same food products differs in Eastern and Western European shops, the European Commission found in a report published on Monday.
25th June, 2019
Maccabi Games start next month
An estimated 2,300 athletes from 42 countries will arrive in Hungary for the 15th European Maccabi Games, to be held in Budapest from July 29 to August 7, it was announced yesterday.
24th June, 2019
Lázár files e-cigarettes bill
Only existing tobacco retailers will be permitted to sell e-cigarettes under a bill filed on Friday by government commissioner for the protection of non-smokers János Lázár.
24th June, 2019
Danubius sells Gellért Hotel
The Danubius Hotels Group has signed an agreement on selling the Gellért Hotel in Budapest’s 11th District to Hungarian investor the Indotek Group, the two companies announced on Friday.
24th June, 2019
Body of another Hableány victim found
The body of another victim of the May 29 Danube ship accident was found in Csepel on Sunday morning, the website 168 Óra reports, citing a reliable source.
21st June, 2019
Budapest airport ran out of runway
Hundreds of passengers suffered flight delays on Wednesday evening as Budapest Airport closed the only operating runway of the city’s international Airport during 6-8 p.m. because its surface was damaged.
21st June, 2019
GreenGo reaches Budapest airport
Electric car share operator GreenGo has reached an agreement with Budapest Airport on using the VIP car park of the hotel at Liszt Ferenc International Airport, it was announced on Thursday.
21st June, 2019
Pécs launches city bike system
The city of Pécs launched its public bike sharing system on Thursday, local website Szabad Pécs reported.
20th June, 2019
Wizz Air buys long-range jets
Wizz Air has ordered 20 Airbus A321XLR long-range jets, indicating plans to expand its market, airline industry website Airportal reported from the Paris Air Show, where the contract was signed on Wednesday.
20th June, 2019
Festival visitors must show ID
All those wishing to attend large festivals in Hungary will have to show identification, according to a bill filed by Fidesz MPs Gergely Gulyás and Máté Kocsis and Christian Democrat Lőrinc Nacsa.
19th June, 2019
Railway stations get caretakers
MÁV has launched a programme of employing caretakers at train stations in order to maintain a proper environment in the facilities, the state railway company announced on Tuesday.
19th June, 2019
Fewer bank branches, more staff
The number of bank branches stood at 2,007 at the end of March, a 15.9% drop from 2,387 one year earlier, according to recent figures released by the MNB.
18th June, 2019
New trains too big for tunnels
The first double-decker KISS commuter trains set to enter into service in Hungary next year do not fit into the tunnel leading to Buda’s Déli station.
18th June, 2019
Boat catastrophe relatives may sue in Switzerland
Relatives of the Hableány boat accident victims can expect to receive higher financial compensation if they file lawsuits in Switzerland than in Hungary, Magyar Nemzet writes.
17th June, 2019
Passengers stranded on deserted train
Dozens of passengers were left stranded on a stationary MÁV train outside Monor on Friday after the driver and conductor left.
17th June, 2019
Fidesz MP demands banning of Pride
Deputy Fidesz caucus leader István Boldog took the opportunity to call for a ban on the annual Pride parade during general debate on media legislation in Parliament on Thursday.
17th June, 2019
No home schooling from next year
The government will terminate home schooling from the academic year 2020-21, under a bill presented by the Human Resources Ministry.
14th June, 2019
State pays high price for historic wine testing
A tender worth Ft 393 million was awarded to Diagnosticum for examining 12,500 bottles of historic wine kept in state storage, according to the public procurement website.
14th June, 2019
Mastercards face reading problems
Mastercard and Maestro bankcard holders may experience problems with POS terminals and ATM machines reading their cards, OTP Bank warned on its website on Thursday.
14th June, 2019
Police move wreckage to Újpest harbour
Budapest Police examined the wreckage of the tourist ship Hableány for over 26 hours before transporting it from Csepel to Újpest harbour where it will stand under guard.
13th June, 2019
US considers re-launching Radio Free Europe
The daily Népszava inferred from an American tender that Washington may be considering the re-launch of the Hungarian broadcast of Radio Free Europe.
13th June, 2019
New restaurant to employ physically disabled
A restaurant employing physically disabled people opened on Wednesday in the building which houses Budapest’s 12th District local council.
12th June, 2019
Hableány lifted from Danube
The floating crane Ádám Clark lifted the tourist ship Hableány (Mermaid) from the Danube on Tuesday, and later placed it onto a barge.
12th June, 2019
Highest heat alert in force
The highest-level heat alert is in force from Wednesday on instructions from the Chief Medical Officer, the National Public Health Centre told state news agency MTI Tuesday afternoon.
11th June, 2019
First direct flight arrives from Shanghai
The first direct flight connecting Shanghai and Budapest landed to a ceremonial welcome at Terminal 2B of the Liszt Ferenc International Airport on Friday, shortly before 6 a.m.
11th June, 2019
Viking Sigyn returns to Hungary
The hotel cruise ship Viking Sigyn, which was involved in a deadly boat collision in Budapest on May 29, again entered Hungary early Monday after leaving Passau, Germany on its regular one-week trip, according to the website Vesselfinder.
7th June, 2019
Divers prepare Hableány for crane
Divers have begun welding under the water and are pulling breast-ropes under the sunken tourist boat Hableány, in preparation for an attempt to raise it to the surface.
7th June, 2019
Government building wrestling school in Serbia
The government has allocated Ft 937 billion for the construction of a wrestling academy in Kanijza, Serbia, according to a decree published on Wednesday.
6th June, 2019
Government to limit free company data
The government will limit the scope of free company data available to the public, according to a section of a mixed bill filed in Parliament on Tuesday, news website G7 discovered.
6th June, 2019
Nagy statue unveiled without ceremony
The black nylon was removed from sculptor Tamás Varga’s statue of the martyred prime minister Imre Nagy on Jászai Mari tér on Wednesday without any ceremony.
6th June, 2019
Four more Hableány bodies found
Another four bodies of victims of the Hableány tour boat disaster were pulled from the Danube on Wednesday, two from near the Margit bridge, and two from 40-50km downstream.
5th June, 2019
Second theatre to be built in Debrecen
The construction of the Latinovits Theatre in Debrecen, which began nine years ago, can now be completed with the help of EU funds.
5th June, 2019
MOL Limo goes to Liszt Ferenc Airport
MOL Limo, the energy group’s car sharing company, is expanding its services in Budapest to Liszt Ferenc International Airport, head of MOL’s retail division Péter Ratatics told Portfolio on Tuesday.
5th June, 2019
Danube yields two more victims of boat disaster
Divers recovered another body from the wreckage of the tourist boat Hableány and police retrieved another body 58km downstream on Tuesday.
4th June, 2019
Bodies of 2 boat disaster victims found in Danube
The bodies of two of the South Korean victims of the Hableány boat disaster were pulled from the Danube yesterday, one of them near Harta, more than 100km downstream from Budapest, the other from close to the scene of last Wednesday’s collision.
4th June, 2019
China Brand Fair opens doors
China Brand Fair, a Chinese supplier exhibition and forum, opened its doors on Monday at the Experience Center in Budapest, 15th District.
31st May, 2019
Ship captain arrested after disaster
Budapest police have arrested the captain of the Danube cruise ship that rammed a smaller sightseeing vessel on Wednesday night, killing at least seven people.
31st May, 2019
NKM to open e-car chargers at Spar
NKM Mobilitás, the subsidiary of the state utility company, has signed a co-operation agreement with Spar on installing 33 electric car charging posts at 17 of the hypermarket chain’s units.
31st May, 2019
Rainfall record almost doubled
During this week’s intense rains more rain fell in a day in many towns than the overall average for May.
30th May, 2019
Elmű ends free e-car charging
Elmű-Émász has ended free charging of electric cars at its five stations in Budapest from May 28, the electricity distributor announced on Wednesday.
30th May, 2019
Red Bull ends Air Races
The Red Bull Air Race scheduled for Zamárdi in July will be the last such race but one, as organisers announced that they will not continue the competition beyond this year.
29th May, 2019
Bosch may bring production from UK
Bosch is considering a plan to close down its garden tools factory in the UK and relocate production to Miskolc, the BBC reported on Tuesday.
29th May, 2019
Decline in population speeds up
The natural decrease in Hungary’s population accelerated in the first three months of 2019, as there were 4.3% fewer births and 1.6% more deaths than in the same period of last year, the Central Statistics Office reported on Tuesday.
29th May, 2019
Óbudai Island to host rowing centre
The government has set aside Ft 628 million for construction of a protecting dam on Óbudai Island in Budapest, it was announced in official gazette Magyar Közlöny.
28th May, 2019
MNB cracks down on financial firm
The MNB has banned UK-based financial service provider Goldsten from collecting deposits or other repayable financial assets without a licence with immediate effect and has filed a criminal report against the company.
28th May, 2019
Danube most contaminated river in Europe
Comprehensive research into anti-biotics contamination in the world’s rivers found the Danube to be the most affected river in Europe, it was announced at a conference in Helsinki on Monday.
27th May, 2019
Wizz Air leaves passengers stranded in Frankfurt
The Prime Minister’s Office has condemned Wizz Air for leaving passengers at Frankfurt Airport on Saturday morning.
27th May, 2019
Police announce major drug haul
Police impounded more than 17kg of various drugs, mostly marijuana, from two homes on Saturday.
24th May, 2019
Opposition short of election monitors
The opposition parties will not be able to send delegates to monitor the vote counting at 2,500 polling stations on Sunday, website 24 reports.
24th May, 2019
New biotech building for ELTE
The Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) is building a new biotechnology centre on its campus in Budapest’s 11th District, it was announced on Thursday.
23rd May, 2019
Varga would postpone instant bank transfers
Finance Minister Mihály Varga and Hungary’s banks would prefer that the MNB delay the launch of instant bank transfers beyond its scheduled date of July 1, Napi reports.
23rd May, 2019
Diabetic refugee couple denied food
An aging diabetic refugee couple were not given meals for three days at the Röszke transit zone, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee wrote on its website on Wednesday.
23rd May, 2019
MÁV to run more commuter trains
MÁV-Start is increasing the frequency of its morning commuter trains from Kecskemét and Szolnok to the Nyugati train station in Budapest, the state railway company announced on Wednesday.
22nd May, 2019
Apple Pay arrives in Hungary
Apple Pay launched its services in Hungary on Monday, initially to clients of OTP, the bank’s digital sales director Péter Csányi announced on Tuesday.
22nd May, 2019
Island no longer a protected site
The cabinet has removed Óbudai-sziget from among the locations proposed for Unesco World Heritage status.
21st May, 2019
Tarlós criticises Karácsony over parking
“I propose that parking become free for every Budapest resident in the district where they live, and that only those from outside the district should pay,” Budapest mayor István Tarlós said in an interview with Magyar Nemzet on Monday.
20th May, 2019
Crime raids on Budapest nightlife
Several people including wanted criminals were arrested during raids conducted by 110 police officers in nightlife spots in the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Districts Friday night, police announced on Saturday.
20th May, 2019
Gov’t foreign language programme
The government will provide Ft 90 billion for 140,000 students annually to study foreign languages abroad, ministerial commissioner responsible for the project Mónika Bartos told Inforádió on Sunday.
20th May, 2019
Intensive rat extermination begins
The company responsible for rat extermination in Budapest has begun work as planned in the Fifth, Ninth, 13th and 20th Districts. The operation is being carried out by 11 teams.
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.

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