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25th June, 2018
US ambassador arrives
New US ambassador David Cornstein and his wife Sheila arrived in Budapest on Friday. Foreign Ministry state secretary Levente Magyar was on hand to receive the ambassador on behalf of the Hungarian cabinet.
25th June, 2018
Dialogue demands metro cars inquiry
The Dialogue party is demanding that Budapest city council form a committee to examine whether the city’s metro trains were renovated in Russia or whether the city simply was sold older trains owned by Russia.
25th June, 2018
New swimming pool for Szeged
The cabinet is providing Ft 4.1 billion this year for the construction of a swimming pool in Szeged, according to a decree published in the official gazette Magyar Közlöny.
22nd June, 2018
Search for thermal water near Szabadság tér
The Fifth District council is having a well drilled near Szabadság tér at a cost of Ft 198 million in a search for thermal water.
22nd June, 2018
Opera cancels 15 Billy Elliott shows
The Hungarian State Opera has cancelled 15 performances of the Billy Elliott musical after pro-government newspaper Magyar Idők asserted that the musical is a propaganda tool for homosexuality, 24 reports.
22nd June, 2018
LMP launches petition against air race
LMP has launched a petition drive to have the Red Bull Air Race banned from next year, as the stunt pilots prepare for the annual contest in Budapest this weekend.
21st June, 2018
Gov’t to allow skyscrapers in Budapest
The government will increase the maximum height permitted for buildings in Budapest from the present 65 metres to 90 metres, according to a motion filed by Prime Minister’s Office state secretary Bence Tuzson in Parliament on Monday, Népszava noticed.
21st June, 2018
Gov’t gives up pálinka fight with EU
The government has abandon its fight with the EU on the so-called health tax, levied on soft drinks but not on spirits, according to the tax bill filed in Parliament on Tuesday.
21st June, 2018
Ronaldo breaks Puskás’s record
Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo yesterday broke Hungarian Ferenc Puskás’s record for the most goals scored in international competition by a European, in a World Cup match against Morocco.
20th June, 2018
Metro union may scrap wage contract
Retail workers union KASZ on Tuesday threatened to cancel the wage agreement signed with cash and carry chain Metro unless wages are increased.
20th June, 2018
Airbnb to disclose prices in Hungarian
The competition authority GVH announced on Tuesday that it has accepted the changes offered by Airbnb Ireland, which operates the private accommodation booking site in Hungary, on revealing the full price for consumers on Hungarian-language sites.
20th June, 2018
Jana water withdrawn from shelves
Food safety authority Nébih yesterday ordered a recall of Jana brand strawberry and guava flavoured mineral water with a sell-by date of February 22-24, 2019, after finding samples tainted.
19th June, 2018
People-smuggling suspect caught
A Syrian people-smuggling suspect wanted by Hungarian police has been caught by Greek authorities in Athens, National Police announced on Monday.
19th June, 2018
Munkácsy show a hit in St. Petersburg
An exhibition of works by 19th-century Hungarian painter Mihály Munkácsy in the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg has received its 500,000th visitor.
19th June, 2018
OTP installs voice-controlled ATMs
OTP has installed 200 voice-controlled ATMs to help people with limited visual ability, mostly at ATMs at larger branches.
18th June, 2018
More road accidents this year
The number of road accidents in which people were injured came to 6,289 in the first five months, a 13% year-on-year increase, drivers’ news website Vezess reports, citing police data.
15th June, 2018
People-smuggler gets 25 years
Kecskemét Court sentenced an Afghan people-smuggler to 25 years in prison on Thursday.
15th June, 2018
City Park underground garages on way
The construction of underground garages near City Park has begun, CEO Benedek Gyorgyevics of project company Városliget told Inforádió on Thursday. “The goal is to shape as much green area as possible in the neighbourhood,” he added.
13th June, 2018
Basic Law to outlaw homelessness
Fidesz intends to enshrine the illegality of sleeping rough in the Constitution, MP István Bajkai announced Tuesday.
13th June, 2018
Over 40% live in overcrowded homes
An estimated 40.4% of Hungarians live in overcrowded homes, according to recent figures from Eurostat. This is the sixth largest percentage in the EU and around two and a half times the European average.
12th June, 2018
Bank unveils contactless payments
Budapest Bank is offering contact-less mobile phone payment solutions to its customers from Monday, the state-owned bank has announced.
12th June, 2018
Kőbánya station revamp delayed
State railway company MÁV has announced a new tender for the renovation of Kőbánya-Kispest railway station in Budapest, it told HVG on June 8.
11th June, 2018
Airport closed after damage to runway
Several flights had to be cancelled at Liszt Ferenc International Airport for technical reasons on Thursday and Friday.
11th June, 2018
Four die in storm in south west
Fire-fighters were alerted to hundreds of locations as a storm hit south west Hungary on Friday night.
8th June, 2018
Auchan completes first housing project
Supermarket chain Auchan has completed its first housing project, the Boróka Park, consisting of 59 homes in Kecskemét, the French-owned company announced on Thursday.
8th June, 2018
Bear travels nearly 300km
A brown bear first spotted in Somoskőújfalu near the Slovak border on May 23 was on the outskirts of Tömörkény in southeast Hungary on Thursday, having covered almost 300 kilometres.
7th June, 2018
Wizz Air warns of deception
Wizz Air warned its potential clients on Wednesday that a data phishing fraud is spreading quickly on the internet, especially on Facebook, promising two flight tickets for €1 if personal data is provided.
7th June, 2018
Heti Válasz prints last edition
A possible American buyer of conservative weekly Heti Válasz has withdrawn, so Thursday’s print edition will be the last for some time, chief editor Gábor Borókai announced on Wednesday.
6th June, 2018
Book Week starts tomorrow
Over 300 new titles will appear at the 89th Book Week starting on Thursday, Katalin Gál, president of the book publishers association MKKE told a press briefing on Tuesday.
6th June, 2018
Pákh to sell Golgota to state for Ft 3bn
The government will buy the Golgota painting by 19th-century artist Mihály Munkácsy from its owner Imre Pákh for Ft 3 billion, Prime Minister’s Office leader Gergely Gulyás told his Tuesday press conference.
5th June, 2018
Gov’t to provide Ft 3bn for student summer jobs
The finance ministry will provide Ft 3 billion to municipalities and municipally-owned companies for the summer employment of students aged 16-25, Finance Minister Mihály Varga announced on Monday.
5th June, 2018
NAV launches 1mn procedures
The tax authority NAV launched 994,000 enforcement proceedings last year to recover some Ft 757 billion in unpaid taxes, according to reports.
4th June, 2018
Tesco extends online delivery to Balaton area
UK hypermarket chain Tesco has launched a summertime online delivery service on the south coast of Lake Balaton from June 1.
1st June, 2018
Beer bikes banned from 14th District
Beer bikes will be banned from the 14th District from July 1, just like in the Fifth District, the mayor’s office announced on Thursday.
1st June, 2018
Over 30 suspected of alleged corruption
The Central Investigative Prosecutor General’s Office has questioned 32 excise guards who are suspected of having regularly accepted cash from foreigners leaving Hungary at the Röszke border station from October 2017 onward, prosecutor general Imre Keresztes said in a statement on Thursday.
31st May, 2018
Széna square modernisation ahead
The modernisation of Széna tér in Budapest is expected to start in June 2019 and is planned to be completed by late 2020.
31st May, 2018
City decides to establish new parking zones
Budapest city council amended on Wednesday the capital’s decree regulating parking to introduce new zones where drivers will need to pay for parking in the 11th and 14th districts. It also approved a raise to the parking fees in those districts.
31st May, 2018
The Citizen wins grand movie prize
Director Roland Vranik’s movie Az Állampolgár (“The Citizen”) won the grand prize at the Festival Internacional de Cine Político in Buenos Aires, the Hungarian National Film Fund told state news agency MTI on Wednesday.
30th May, 2018
Fifth District bans Segways, rickshaws, beer bikes
The Fifth District’s local council on Tuesday announced that the use of Segways, electric bicycles, electric rollers, hoverboards, beer bikes and rickshaws will be banned on sidewalks and pedestrian zones from the middle of June.
30th May, 2018
Robot performs brain surgery
Brain surgery was performed with the help of a robot for the first time in Hungary, and in Central and Eastern Europe for that matter, more than a month ago, Loránd Erőss, head of the Functional Neurosurgery Ward at the National Clinics Neurology Institute, said at a press conference on Tuesday.
29th May, 2018
Over 300,000 Hungarians working abroad
Slightly more than 5% of Hungary’s working-age population, equalling 339,300 people, worked in another EU member state in 2017, Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office, said on Monday.
29th May, 2018
Centre opens for single parents
Human Resources Ministry state secretary for family and youth affairs Katalin Novák on Monday opened Hungary’s only single-parent centre at the corner of Üllői út and Mária utca in the Eighth District.
28th May, 2018
LMP’s Ungár buys stake in news site
Former LMP executive committee member Péter Ungár has bought a stake in news website Azonnali, fellow new site Index reported on Saturday.
28th May, 2018
GVH fines two firms selling vacation rights
The competition watchdog GVH has fined two companies selling vacation rights a combined Ft 41 million for unfair business practices.
25th May, 2018
Court annuls Golgotha resolution
A Capital Court on Thursday annulled a resolution on art relic protection which had declared Hungarian 19th-century painter Mihály Munkácsy’s painting Golgotha a protected work of art, meaning that the state cannot forbid the owner any longer to take the painting out of the country if he so wishes.
25th May, 2018
Public workers to relieve day labourer shortage
Agriculture Minister István Nagy said in an interview with business daily Világgazdaság, published on Thursday, that he considers improving competitiveness a paramount issue in agriculture.
25th May, 2018
Downtown square to be renovated
The renovation of Vörösmarty tér, in downtown Budapest, and of its vicinity is planned to begin in September, a proposal submitted to the City Council reveals. The works will last until August next year.
24th May, 2018
Hungarians dream of the euro
Nearly two thirds of Hungarians favour the introduction of the euro, the second highest rate in the region, while 54%, the highest rate ever, believe that adopting the euro would have positive consequences for them personally, Eurobarometer, the European Commission’s public opinion survey agency, said on Wednesday.
24th May, 2018
Labour shortage keeps car parts maker away
German car parts maker Fehrer Automotive decided not to build a plant in Kozármisleny, in the South of Hungary, for the time being because of a shortage of sufficient labour, Kozármisleny’s mayor told the daily Szabad Pécs on Wednesday.
24th May, 2018
Bridge to be closed for cars on four weekends
Szabadság híd will be closed for traffic again for four weekends in the summer to let pedestrians take the entire bridge and picnic there if they wish, deputy mayor Alexandra Szalay-Bobrovniczky said at a press briefing on Wednesday.
23rd May, 2018
More than 19,000 cases of missing minors
More than 19,000 cases of missing minors were registered in Hungary in 2017, 300 more than in the previous year, the Ezer Lámpás Éjszakája Alapítvány (Night of 1,000 Lights Foundation) said on Tuesday on International Missing Children’s Day.
23rd May, 2018
Foreign bus involved in deadly crash
A foreign mini-bus and a truck collided head-on on road No. 4 near Ceglédbercel on Tuesday evening and several people were killed in the accident.
22nd May, 2018
Guardian barred from covering conference
The 21st Century Institute run by Mária Schmidt, head of the House of Terror Museum and one of the owners of the political weekly Figyelo, has rejected UK daily the Guardian’s application for press accreditation for an upcoming conference of the Institute, the news site 444 reported on Monday.
22nd May, 2018
MOL to help lost dogs, owners reunite
Oil and gas company MOL has equipped 50 of its petrol stations with animal chip readers to help lost dogs and their owners reunite.
18th May, 2018
EC expects explanation for alleged passport fraud
The European Commission expects an explanation from Hungarian authorities regarding alleged Hungarian passport fraud cases.
18th May, 2018
Chinese firm offered Hungarian residence permits
A Chinese company whose owner earlier took part in the residency bond programme is promoting a new Hungarian immigration project, website Direkt36 reported.
17th May, 2018
More work permits for foreigners
Last year 25,000 foreigners from non-EU countries received work permits in Hungary, an increase of 10,000 from the previous year, to ease the dire labour shortage in many industries, Magyar Idők reports, citing data from the Immigration Office.
17th May, 2018
Diesel prices to top Ft 400 per litre
MOL raised its wholesale fuel and diesel prices by Ft 7 and Ft 8 per litre from Wednesday and said more hikes are to come on Friday.
16th May, 2018
Soros foundation leaving Budapest
The Open Society Foundations (OSF) formally announced yesterday plans to move international operations and staff from Budapest to Berlin, citing “an increasingly repressive political and legal environment in Hungary”.
16th May, 2018
Forint falls to two-year low
The forint fell to its weakest level against the euro in two years, trading above the 317 level on Tuesday.
15th May, 2018
Wizz Air expanding at Debrecen airport
CEO József Váradi announced yesterday that discount airline Wizz Air will launch seven new flights from Debrecen and will maintain a second Airbus A320 aircraft at its local base from December.
15th May, 2018
Samsonite gets Ft 800bn subsidy
A consortium led by Samsonite Hungária Bőrönd has received Ft 811 million in state support to expand capacity and increase efficiency by integrating SMEs into its operations, the luggage maker announced.
14th May, 2018
Unique fossil remains to go on show
The fossilised remains of the tail of an ancient crocodile, five metres long and 180 million years old, found in Hungary, will soon be put on display at the Museum of Natural Sciences.
14th May, 2018
Ministry to support truck driver training
The Economy Ministry will extend the programme for training new truck drivers, it was announced on Friday.
11th May, 2018
US may terminate visa waiver
The US government has major concerns regarding passport fraud in Hungary and may terminate its visa waiver for Hungarian citizens, investigative news site Direkt36 and US daily the Washington Post said on Thursday.
11th May, 2018
Tourism growth stuns in March
Hungary’s tourism industry continued its robust expansion in March after a record month in February, figures the Central Statistics Office released on Thursday showed.
10th May, 2018
Over Ft 250bn to be spent on stadiums
The government will spend a more than Ft 250 billion on sports stadiums this year and next year combined, HírTV said on Wednesday.
10th May, 2018
Foreign professors stand up against Stop Soros
A total of 77 foreign university professors and academics released a statement on Wednesday to express solidarity with the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and independent Hungarian civil society in relationship with the Stop Soros legislative package that the Parliament is set to pass soon, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee said.
10th May, 2018
March for Life to be held on Sunday
“Come and show how beautiful the world is when colourful” is this year’s slogan for the annual March for Life, which pays tribute to the victims of the Holocaust.
9th May, 2018
Two-Tailed Dog Party starts collection drive
The Two-Tailed Dog Party has turned to the public in an effort to collect the Ft 25 million it must repay into the state budget for its individual candidates who failed to reach the 2% support threshold in the April 8 parliamentary elections.
9th May, 2018
Italian tries to smuggle puppies
Legal proceedings have been launched against an Italian man for torturing animals after he tried to smuggle 19 puppies from Hungary, Zala county police announced on the police’s website on Tuesday.
8th May, 2018
Billions remain on Szép cards
There is still Ft 3 billion left on OTP Széchenyi leisure cards in fringe benefits, accounting for 4% of the total, OTP announced on Monday.
8th May, 2018
Hosszú will be back in June
Three-time Olympic swimming champion Katinka Hosszú will be competing again at the Mare Nostrum swimming competition in June, after a six-month hiatus, she said in an interview with Huawei.
8th May, 2018
Police officer shoots assailant in the leg
A police officer shot an assailant in the leg in Tiszajenő, Jász county, and the 37-year-old man from Szeghalom underwent surgery in the evening, the county’s prosecution general told state news agency MTI on Monday.
4th May, 2018
Kossuth tér to be closed off earlier
News website 444 has obtained a decision made by Parliament’s Headquarters which states that Kossuth tér will be fully closed off to the public already on Monday evening, May 7.
4th May, 2018
Central bank foundations buy tapestries
One of the central bank’s foundations has bought hand-knitted tapestries for a total of Ft 38 million and placed an order for a statue of Pallas Athena at a cost of Ft 63 million, according to documents obtained by investigative reporters at news website Átlátszó. Átlátszó had requested information about the spending of the central bank’s foundations that exceeded Ft 5 million.
3rd May, 2018
Szijjártó slams Austrian aid decision
The Austrian government’s latest decision to reduce family allowances for foreign workers is unfair to Hungarian families, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in a statement sent to state news agency MTI on Wednesday.
3rd May, 2018
Sports complex to be built downtown
Fauna-Duó és Gesztelyi Építőipari és Kereskedelmi won a nearly Ft 5 billion tender to build a sports complex in downtown Budapest, the public procurement gazette Közbeszerzési Értesítő said on Wednesday.
2nd May, 2018
EU to ease rules to cut off funding – FT
The EU plans to simplify the procedure for cutting off financial support for certain members states where it sees that the rule of law is at risk such as Hungary and Poland, several Hungarian papers reported on Monday, citing a Financial Times report.
2nd May, 2018
LOT starts Krakow-Budapest route
Polish national airline LOT launched its first flight from Krakow to Budapest on Saturday.
27th April, 2018
Authorities seize suspect food
Hungarian authorities seized 105 tons and over 7,000 litres of potentially harmful food and beverages as part of an international operation from December to March, it was announced yesterday.
27th April, 2018
Five countries ban Hungarian pork
Serbia and four Asian countries have placed a temporary ban on pork and pork products from Hungary because of the discovery of African swine fever in a wild boar.
27th April, 2018
Theatre artistic director sacked
Artistic director Gábor Miklós Kerényi has been sacked from the Budapest Operetta Theatre, having violated regulations, months after several people accused him of sexual harassment.
26th April, 2018
Media freedom shrinking in Hungary
Hungary dropped two places from 71st to 73rd in the past year in the Press Freedom Index compiled by international journalists organisation Journalists Sans Frontieres (RSF).
26th April, 2018
Big rise in taxi fares ahead
Riding in taxis will become more expensive in Budapest from July as the present Ft 450 basic fee will be raised to Ft 700, under a decision made by city council on Wednesday.

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