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19th March, 2019
Record turnover via bank cards
Hungarian bank card holders carried out more than 209 million transactions in the fourth quarter to an all-time high of Ft 1.6 trillion, according to data from the MNB.
19th March, 2019
Socialist MP performing public works
Socialist Party vice-president Imre Komjáthi yesterday began performing 60 hours of public works, as he refused to pay the fine issued to him for breaking through a police line at an opposition rally near Kossuth tér on December 8.
19th March, 2019
Evacuations ahead due to bombs
Some residents of Budafok will have to temporarily evacuate their homes on Saturday as disposal experts will defuse and remove World War II bombs from the Danube nearby.
18th March, 2019
Wizz Air offloads unruly passenger
A Wizz Air flight bound for London had to return to Budapest because of a disorderly and violent passenger, Index reported.
18th March, 2019
New Zealand terrorist visited Hungary
The Counter-Terrorist Centre announced on Saturday that it is co-operating with partner services of other countries in investigating Brenton Tarrant, perpetrator of the terrorist act in New Zealand on Friday, who lived and travelled in this region in recent years.
14th March, 2019
MNB prepares to close NHB bank
The MNB appears to be preparing to shut down the troubled NHB bank, website Menedzsment Fórum reports.
14th March, 2019
German boss beaten by restaurant security guards
The head of one of Germany’s largest car manufacturers was beaten by security guards in Budapest’s party zone, suffering severe injuries, last Friday night.
13th March, 2019
Anti-EU ads removed from Weber’s view
Dozens of anti-EU billboards portraying European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and George Soros were removed from the road leading to the airport early on Tuesday morning before the arrival of European People’s Party politician Manfred Weber.
13th March, 2019
Elmű-Émász app replaces meter readers
Elmű-Émász has launched a mobile app that enables consumers to take a photograph of their meter and report the figures online, the Budapest and North Hungarian electricity distributor announced on Tuesday.
13th March, 2019
Teréz körút bomber sentenced to life
The Capital Court on Tuesday upheld the lifetime imprisonment sentence issued to Gergely László Papp, who was convicted of detonating a bomb on Teréz körút that injured two police officers.
12th March, 2019
CEU rebuts Fidesz claims
Claims by the Hungarian government that the Central European University can stay in Budapest are “false and misleading,” president and rector Michael Ignatieff said in a statement issued on Monday.
12th March, 2019
Local farmers prevent giant hatchery
Co-operation between local egg farmers in Western Hungary has thwarted plans by a German investor to establish large laying hen farms in the region, Magyar Nemzet writes.
12th March, 2019
Disaster Control in damage control
Damage control units are on the alert for falling trees and broken branches, which caused serious damage on Monday, Disaster Control affirmed.
11th March, 2019
Gov’t assigns Ft 1bn to fashion
The government is granting Ft 1 billion for unclear purposes to a state fashion company run by a good friend of the Prime Minister’s daughter Ráhel, Index reports.
11th March, 2019
Deaths from exposure surpass 160
A total of 164 people died of exposure in Hungary from last September to March 8, the Hungarian Social Forum announced on Sunday, citing reliable sources.
11th March, 2019
Hungarian film wins in Monte Carlo
The Hungarian film Rossz versek (Bad Poems) by director Gábor Reisz won the main prize at the Monte Carlo international film festival Saturday evening.
8th March, 2019
Taxify changes its name to Bolt
Taxify is changing its name to Bolt to reflect an expansion in services, the app-based taxi company announced on Thursday.
8th March, 2019
Fewer crimes registered in 2018
Police recorded 186,724 crimes last year, 13% fewer than in 2017, National Police spokesman József Gál told state news channel M1 on Thursday.
7th March, 2019
Wizz Air fined for late luggage delivery
The government office in Budapest has fined low-cost airline Wizz Air Ft 15 million because of late luggage delivery.
7th March, 2019
Tarlós favours ban on night flights
Budapest mayor István Tarlós and officials overseeing civilian flights are initiating legal amendments in order to reduce noise and air pollution near Budapest’s Liszt Ferenc International Airport.
7th March, 2019
Hungary has fewest women in power
Hungary has a lower percentage of women in its legislature and cabinet than any other EU member state, according to data from Eurostat.
6th March, 2019
Floating waste flowing down the Tisza
Large quantities of waste material floating along the Tisza river from Ukraine and Romania have almost become a permanent problem, Hungarian water management authority OVF said yesterday.
6th March, 2019
Police fine reporters covering protest
Two journalists who followed a small crowd of protesters on to the flyover at Nyugati station on the night of January 23 have been fined a total of Ft 80,000 for blocking traffic.
6th March, 2019
Jobbik pastes over gov’t billboards
Jobbik is pasting over the government’s anti-EU billboards to state that the EU has not relocated a single person to Hungary in the past three years, while the cabinet has allowed 86,000 immigrants to enter the country.
5th March, 2019
750 more Venezuelans expected to come to Hungary
The cabinet wants to take in 750 more Venezuelan citizens alongside the 350 who have arrived here in recent months from the country now immersed in misery and violence, according to the BBC.
5th March, 2019
Liszt Academy in world’s top 100
The Liszt Ferenc Music Academy is among the world’s top 50-100 higher education institutions in the Performing Arts category, according to the 2019 rankings of London-based higher education analysts Quacquarelli Symonds.
4th March, 2019
Zamárdi agrees to host air race
Zamárdi on the southern shore of Lake Balaton will host the Hungarian part of the Red Bull Air Race series this year on July 13-14 after Budapest mayor István Tarlós said he would no longer issue a permit for the event.
4th March, 2019
Hungarian hitman caught in Prague
An ethnic Hungarian from Serbia suspected of committing a murder in the car park behind Budapest’s Pólus Center shopping mall in the 15th District last September has been captured in the Czech Republic.
1st March, 2019
BKV sues Russian subway car maker
Budapest public transport company BKV took legal action against Russian company Metrowagonmash in February, seeking Ft 6 billion in damages, according to a written answer provided by mayor István Tarlós to councillor József Gál.
1st March, 2019
Energy official gets luxury flat cheap
The Energy Office will pay Ft 68 million of public funds to the First District local council so that its president can continue to rent a 101m2 flat in Buda Castle for Ft 42,000 a month, HVG reports on the basis of a proposal it has obtained.
1st March, 2019
US firm to design new transport museum
US design studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro has won the international competition to design a new Transport Museum to be built in Budapest’s Tenth District, it was announced on Thursday.
28th February, 2019
MTelekom cuts off village
Magyar Telekom has cancelled all fixed-line telephone subscriptions for households in the village of Szentkatalin, Baranya county, RTL Klub reported on Tuesday.
28th February, 2019
Hankook union prepares for strike
The union representing employees of the Hankook tyre factory in Dunaújváros has launched a strike process, citing the company management’s lack of readiness to negotiate.
28th February, 2019
Consumers hopeful of buying cars
A new survey indicates that 9% of households are planning to purchase cars in the coming three years, economic research company GKI reports.
27th February, 2019
E.On will make e-charging payable
E.On will work out conditions for introducing fees for charging electric vehicles, the company said after opening five public car chargers in Székesfehérvár.
27th February, 2019
Corrupt police officers caught
Crime-fighting authorities have captured 18 police officers suspected of taking bribes from drivers on the M1 motorway in a co-ordinated operation involving 150 staff members.
27th February, 2019
Museum to investigate Petőfi’s death
The Petőfi Literary Museum and the Defence Ministry Military History Institute signed a co-operation agreement on Tuesday on exploring the battlefield near Sighisoara in Romania where the poet Sándor Petőfi is believed to have died at age 26.
26th February, 2019
Spar under scrutiny over pay
Supermarket chain Spar may be subject to inspections by labour authorities for not adhering to wage rules, Magyar Nemzet reports.
26th February, 2019
Few pay tax on pálinka production
Despite the symbolic Ft 700 per litre tax on home-distilled pálinka, the majority of distilling equipment owners are evading tax, Magyar Nemzet writes, citing the Pálinka Council.
25th February, 2019
Tarlós wants new airport for low-cost airlines
Air cargo traffic and flights by low-cost airlines could be redirected to an airport further away from Budapest, as a long-term solution to noise pollution in the city, mayor István Tarlós told a Friday press conference.
25th February, 2019
Bill bans personal use of company IT
IT equipment provided by employers must be used for work purposes only, according to a new bill filed in Parliament by Justice Minister László Trócsányi.
25th February, 2019
Ft 122mn stolen from Mazsihisz
Fraudsters have stolen Ft 122 million from Mazsihisz, the Jewish religious federation announced on its website.
22nd February, 2019
GVH investigates Booking.com
GVH has launched an investigation into the activities of online accommodation booking agency Booking.com in Hungary, the competition authority announced yesterday.
22nd February, 2019
Direct Shanghai flights start in June
Flights between Budapest and Shanghai will start on June 7, according to the Shanghai Airlines website, Magyar Hírlap reports.
22nd February, 2019
Tony Curtis exhibition planned
An exhibition of memorabilia connected to American actor Tony Curtis will open in Mátészalka, Szabolcs county, the birthplace of Curtis’s father, in August, the local council announced.
21st February, 2019
Media campaign costs near Ft 57bn
The Cabinet Office, run by Antal Rogán, is spending Ft 10 billion on the new anti-EU poster campaign featuring pictures of George Soros and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, website g7 reports.
21st February, 2019
Banks announce service interruptions
Erste Bank and Budapest Bank announced separately that some of their online services may be temporarily unavailable today for technical reasons.
21st February, 2019
Tesla showroom opening in Budapest
Universal Leasing is about to open a Tesla electric car showroom in Budapest, near the Petőfi Bridge on the Pest side, HVG reports.
20th February, 2019
Spar starts testing home delivery
Spar started testing its home delivery system on Monday for a select group of customers, according to a letter sent by the food retail chain to some Super Shop card holders, Portfolio reports.
20th February, 2019
Nuclear waste dump said to be leaking
The nuclear waste depot in Püspökszilágy, Pest county is leaking, according to environmental NGO Paksi Riot.
20th February, 2019
Museum buys Van Dyck for Ft 2bn
The Museum of Fine Arts has purchased at auction a portrait of Princess Mary Stuart, daughter of King Charles I of England, by Flemish artist Anthony van Dyck.
19th February, 2019
Wizz Air announces new flight to Spain
Discount airline Wizz Air will operate direct flights between Budapest and Castellon in Spain from July, it was announced on Monday.
19th February, 2019
Magyar Posta shedding 300 jobs
Magyar Posta will lay off 300 people in the spring as part of its drive to streamline its operations, the company announced on Monday.
19th February, 2019
Officers honoured for catching armed man
Twelve police officers were honoured on Monday after taking part in the capture of an armed criminal on a Budapest street on Friday.
18th February, 2019
Hungary ups work permit quotas for non-EU workers
The Finance Minister has raised the work permit quota for citizens from third countries to 57,000 from 55,000, according to Mfor, citing official journal Hivatalos Értesítő.
18th February, 2019
Chain Bridge upgrade starts in October
The first stage of the reconstruction of the Chain Bridge, the Castle Tunnel and the tram and road underpass under Széchenyi István tér is expected to start in October, the Budapest Transport Centre announced on Friday.
18th February, 2019
Áder opens new Dance Theatre
President János Áder dedicated the new Nemzeti Táncszínház (National Dance Theatre) at the Millenáris Park on Friday evening.
15th February, 2019
LOT announces new Budapest flights
Polish airline LOT yesterday announced the launch of new flights from Budapest to Brussels and Bucharest from September.
15th February, 2019
Refugee couple denied food for a week
The two adults in a five-member Iraqi family staying in the Tompa transit zone in Hungary alongside the Serbian border were not given meals by Hungarian authorities from last Friday until Thursday.
15th February, 2019
Another Jobbik sound recording leak
Máté Silhavy, chairman of the board of trustees of a media foundation linked to Jobbik, called pensioners fools and described them in an offensive manner, according to a sound recording aired on pro-government television stations.
14th February, 2019
Trolleybus terminus abolished
The 72 and 73 trolleybuses lines will no longer terminate at Podmaniczky tér from Saturday, due to the renovation of the square.
14th February, 2019
AutoWallis opens premium showroom
AutoWallis opened Wallis Prémium Használtautó Centre, a showroom for used BMW cars, in Budapest on Wednesday, the listed company announced on the stock exchange website.
14th February, 2019
YouTube starts Hungary music charts
YouTube launched its music chart service for Hungary on Tuesday, with four categories, namely Trending, Top songs, Top music videos and Top artists.
13th February, 2019
UniCredit launches cash withdrawal via phone
UniCredit has launched Hungary’s first smartphone-based cash withdrawal service, “mCash” the bank announced on Tuesday.
13th February, 2019
NVI informs EU citizens of voting rights
The nearly 113,000 EU citizens domiciled in Hungary have been informed by the National Election Committee (NVI) that they can vote for Hungarian party lists at the European Parliament elections in May, the NVI said.
13th February, 2019
Tarlós initiates talks on airport noise
At the initiative of Budapest mayor István Tarlós, the city council, HungaroControl, Budapest Airport, the Innovation and Technology Ministry and affected NGOs have been holding talks since January on the noise levels near Liszt Ferenc International Airport, the ministry announced on Tuesday.
12th February, 2019
Neckermann sees strong demand for cruise holidays
Turnover of travel agency Neckermann Magyarország rose to Ft 18.4 billion last year, from Ft 16.2 billion in 2017, CEO Veronika Békefi told state news agency MTI.
12th February, 2019
Serb man caught smuggling drugs
Excise guards have found about 11 kilograms of marijuana hidden in the car driven by a Serbian man at the Röszke border station.
11th February, 2019
Investors buy half of homes in capital
More than half of those buying homes in Budapest in the past two months made the purchase for investment purposes, property agency Duna House announced on Friday.
11th February, 2019
Huawei on agenda of Pompeo-Orbán meeting
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will express concerns over the growing presence of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies in the region on his current visits to Poland, Slovakia and Hungary, a high-ranking US official told Reuters news agency.
8th February, 2019
Protesters to close Chain Bridge on Sunday
Protesting NGOs will block vehicular access to the Chain Bridge from 8 a.m. to midnight on Sunday.
8th February, 2019
Undersecretary slams Budapest Airport
Budapest regional development undersecretary Domonkos Schneller sharply criticised the services provided by Budapest Airport to passengers at the Liszt Ferenc International Airport in a recent letter to air industry news website Air Portal.
8th February, 2019
Metro threatens to cut jobs
Some 200 of the 2,500 Metro employees could be dismissed if the union does not lower its wage demands, Népszava reports.
7th February, 2019
Dialogue appeals for donations
Dialogue co-president Gergely Karácsony on Wednesday asked supporters for donations because of the suspension of the party’s budget funds by the State Audit Office (ÁSZ).
7th February, 2019
Sermer: Orbán to hold secret talks on tournament
Viktor Orbán will secretly meet Cornel Marculescu, head of international swimming’s governing body FINA on Friday, to ensure that Budapest can host the 2027 world swimming championships, Liberal candidate for mayor Ádám Sermer said on Wednesday.
6th February, 2019
Tesco targets fully recyclable packaging
Tesco will make packaging of all of its own brand products in Hungary renewable by 2025, the retailer announced on Tuesday.
6th February, 2019
Budapest Airport refreshing old terminals
Due to increased needs of passengers, Budapest Airport is investing Ft 6.5 billion in the development of its old terminals, spokesman Gábor Szarvas announced on Tuesday.
6th February, 2019
Tarlós cancels Red Bull Air Race
Budapest mayor István Tarlós has had enough of the Red Bull Air Race, and will not issue a permit for holding the annual stunt fliers’ contest in Budapest planned for July.
5th February, 2019
Two sentenced in toxic sludge trial
A Győr court on Monday sentenced two former senior executives of now defunct aluminium company MAL to two years in prison in a repeated first-instance trial regarding the toxic sludge disaster of 2010.
5th February, 2019
Chain Bridge named among world’s most beautiful
The Chain Bridge has been named one of the 18 most beautiful bridges in the world by Architectural Digest magazine, ATV reports.
4th February, 2019
Arson blamed for dormitory fire
Budapest Police detectives on Thursday arrested two 15-year-old boys and one 16-year-old boy who are suspected of starting the fire that heavily damaged the Ráday college dormitory on January 23.
4th February, 2019
Magyar Idők to become Magyar Nemzet
The daily Magyar Idők will be published under the name Magyar Nemzet from February 6, Magyar Idők wrote in a terse statement in its Saturday edition.
1st February, 2019
Political, movie elite turn out for Vajna funeral
Prominent politicians and entertainment industry figures turned out amidst intense security for Thursday’s funeral of Hollywood movie producer and government commissioner for the national film industry Andy Vajna.
1st February, 2019
Nagy statue moving to Jászai Mari tér
Sculptor Tamás Varga has consented to the re-erection of his statue of 1956 prime minister Imre Nagy on Jászai Mari tér, ATV reports.
31st January, 2019
Mayoral primary attracts interest
More than 10,000 people have so far voted in the primary to decide whether Dialogue co-president Gergely Karácsony or Socialist Csaba Horváth will be the left-wing candidate for mayor of Budapest.
31st January, 2019
Wizz Air profits plummet
Wizz Air yesterday reported profits falling to €1.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, an 88% drop from one year earlier, despite a 21% rise in revenue to €513 million.
30th January, 2019
Home price increases near 11%
The average price of existing homes was up 10.7% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2018, while new home prices were an average of 4.3% higher than one year earlier, the Central Statistics Office announced.
30th January, 2019
VW dismisses workers hired from Audi
Volkswagen’s Slovak unit has decided to return 500 workers temporarily hired from its Audi subsidiary in Győr, the German carmaker’s announced on Tuesday
30th January, 2019
Gera to be football ambassador
Zoltán Gera, who has played 97 times in international football matches for Hungary, will be the ambassador of the Budapest location of the 2020 European Football Championships.
29th January, 2019
WizzAir leaves baggage behind
State secretary for public services Bence Tuzson has put forward an initiative to launch proceedings against Wizz Air after the airline failed to bring baggage on a Saturday night flight from Dubai to Budapest.
29th January, 2019
New Ft 500 notes out this week
The new Ft 500 banknote enters into circulation on February 1, the MNB announced on Monday.
29th January, 2019
Schwarzenegger to speak at Vajna’s funeral
Movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger will return to Budapest as he has been asked to deliver a eulogy at Andy Vajna’s funeral on Thursday.
28th January, 2019
GVH clears Media Markt acquisition
The competition watchdog GVH has approved the acquisition of nine electronics retail units inside Tesco hypermarkets by electronics retailer Media Markt.
28th January, 2019
Baby births on the wane
The number of newborn babies decreased in the first 11 months of last year, despite government efforts to boost the population, financial website Az Én Pénzem reports.
28th January, 2019
High-profile art exhibitions ahead
The Museum of Fine Arts and the National Gallery plan to stage three significant exhibitions this year.
25th January, 2019
EC tells Hungary to increase tax on cigarettes
The European Commission sent a letter of formal notice to Hungary on Thursday, calling on the government to raise the tax on cigarettes to at least the minimum threshold required by the relevant EU directive.
25th January, 2019
Over 700,000 visited Parliament in 2018
More than 700,000 people visited Parliament last year, 20% of them Hungarians and 23% from outside the EU, Parliament’s press office announced on Thursday.
25th January, 2019
December protesters fined
Police have issued fines to about half of the protesters whose names were recorded on the night of December 13, and are yet to question the other half, 444 reports.
24th January, 2019
Demand for homes soars
The number of inquiries for home sales was 84% higher in the first three weeks of January than one year earlier, real estate website Ingatlan.com announced.
24th January, 2019
Museum lends artworks to Orbán office
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s new office has borrowed 34 paintings and four sculptures from the Museum of Fine Arts for five years, investigative website Átlátszó reports.
24th January, 2019
Man arrested at his own wedding
Police arrested a man wanted on forgery charges at his wedding, police magazine Zsaru reported on Wednesday.
23rd January, 2019
TV stations coming under central control
Gábor Liszkay’s Central European Press and Media Foundation will probably take over TV2 following the death of the station’s owner, Andy Vajna, Népszava reports.
23rd January, 2019
Court revokes construction licences for museums
The Public Administration Court has revoked the construction permit for the New National Gallery to be built in the City Park, and instructed the Fifth District office to conduct new proceedings, the NGO Civil Zugló Egyesület wrote on its Facebook page on Tuesday.
23rd January, 2019
KÉSZ wins Riga theatre contract
Construction company KÉSZ has won the contract to build a retractable roof for the open-air theatre in Riga, Latvia, the company announced on Tuesday.
22nd January, 2019
ELTE dismissing dozens of teachers
Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) has denied that it is facing financial problems following reports that a large number of instructors are to be dismissed.
22nd January, 2019
MÁV refrains from applying labour law
State railway company MÁV will not require employees to work 400 hours of overtime, as permitted by the new labour law, CEO Róbert Homolya told opposition politicians yesterday.
22nd January, 2019
Charity food bank expands
Magyar Élelmiszerbank increased the amount of excess food it collected and redistributed by 20% to 11,000 tons in 2018, the charity food bank announced on Monday.
21st January, 2019
Film producer Vajna dies after long illness
Movie producer Andy Vajna, government commissioner for the development of the national film industry, has died in his Budapest home at age 74 following a protracted illness, the National Film Fund announced on Sunday.
21st January, 2019
Two arrested after protest
Police detained two men on Saturday following Saturday’s demonstration in Budapest, one for assaulting a cameraman, the other for pushing a police officer.
21st January, 2019
Hamed in custody after jail term
Ahmed Hamed, convicted of terrorism over an incident at the Röszke border station in 2015, was taken back into custody as soon as he was released from prison on Saturday.

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