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20th April, 2018
Hungary losing population fastest in V4
Hungary is losing its population the fastest among the Visegrád Four countries, the Central Statistics Office said in a study published on Thursday.
20th April, 2018
Hefty fine for eating ice cream
A girl has been fined Ft 16,000 on a BKK bus for eating an ice cream and the story has spread on Facebook.
19th April, 2018
GVH fines Apple for users incurring extra costs
The competition authority GVH has fined Apple Ft 100 million because users have incurred extra costs because of one of its services, the GVH announced on Wednesday.
19th April, 2018
Historic metro line might be expanded
The Budapest transport centre BKK has called a tender for a feasibility study to upgrade and expand the historic metro line M1, news website Zoom learned.
19th April, 2018
First child lung transplant performed
The first child lung transplant surgery has been performed successfully in Hungary, doctors of the Semmelweis University and the National Oncology Institute announced in Budapest on Wednesday.
18th April, 2018
Tax Office finds fake invoice “factory”
Tax authority NAV investigators have identified a criminal network that has issued fake invoices to a total value of Ft 3 billion, NAV announced on Tuesday.
18th April, 2018
Police to hold 24-hour speed marathon
Hungarian police have joined the speed marathon initiative of the European traffic police network Tispol, meaning that they will perform a 24-hour speed enforcement operation between 6 a.m. on May 14 and 6 a.m. on May 15 in an effort to prevent accidents due to speeding.
18th April, 2018
Air France cancels some Budapest flights
Due to an ongoing strike, Air France has cancelled several of its Budapest flights on Wednesday, the airport manager Budapest Airport announced on its website on Tuesday.
17th April, 2018
Hungarian movie selected for Cannes Critics Week
Movie director Zsófia Szilágyi’s first feature Egy nap (One Day) has been selected for screening at the Cannes Critics Week, a sidebar event to the Cannes film festival, which is devoted to first and second features.
13th April, 2018
Sale of Magyar Nemzet now less likely
Businessman Lajos Simicska and newly elected LMP MP Péter Ungár will begin negotiations on the sale of Magyar Nemzet on Monday, HVG writes.
13th April, 2018
Running race limits weekend traffic
The 33rd Vivicittá running race that takes place in Budapest on the weekend will limit car and public transport traffic, the Budapest Sports Office announced on Thursday.
13th April, 2018
Budapest heat record broken
The Budapest daily heat record was broken on Thursday, as the temperature was measured at 26.9C in Újpest, the Fourth District, the National Weather Service told state news agency MTI.
12th April, 2018
Former Malév workers win court case
Six years after the national airline Malév went bust in February 2012, its former employees have won their legal battle for unpaid salaries, Napi reports.
12th April, 2018
Bogus parties may cost state Ft 3bn
Bogus parties cost the state Ft 3 billion this year, according to calculations by Transparency International and Political Capital.
11th April, 2018
Lufthansa and Air France cancel flights
Several flights linking Budapest to Paris, Frankfurt and Munich were cancelled on Tuesday, due to strikes by airline personnel.
11th April, 2018
MOL workers ready to demonstrate
Oil industry workers will demonstrate to promote their demands for a non-discriminatory and fair increase in base salaries on April 17.
10th April, 2018
CEU signs to open campus in Vienna
The city of Vienna has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Central European University on establishing a campus there, Austrian news agency APA reports.
10th April, 2018
More guests at Budapest baths
The number of guests visiting Budapest baths increased by some 20% in March, business daily Világgazdaság reports.
9th April, 2018
Euronics opens in Zalaegerszeg
Electronics retailer Euronics has opened a new, 1200m2 store in Zalaegerszeg, its 69th in Hungary, a brownfield investment costing Ft 290 million.
9th April, 2018
79 illegal immigrants in Serbian truck
Police discovered 79 illegal immigrants in a Serbian truck at the Ártánd border station, it was announced on Friday.
6th April, 2018
Gov’t OKs Ft 20.3bn for expressway upgrade
The government has approved Ft 20.3 billion for the upgrade by 2021 of the expressway leading to the Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport, the cabinet said in its official gazette Magyar Közlöny, the website Napi said on Thursday.
6th April, 2018
Man assaults rabbi
Without any warning, a man hit on Thursday a Canadian rabbi, struck the kippah off his head and left in a hurry at a store in the Árkád shopping mall. The rabbi’s wife, daughter and her sibling witnessed the attack.
5th April, 2018
Mobile payment firm updates app
State-owned mobile payment company Nemzeti Mobilfizetési has updated its mobile phone app used for paying motorway charges and car parking fees, the company announced on Wednesday.
5th April, 2018
OTP eyes SocGen’s Bulgarian bank
OTP’s Bulgarian subsidiary DSK is eying peer Societé Generale Expressbank, a unit of Societé Generale, the Bulgarian daily Kapital learned.
5th April, 2018
Lake Balaton’s water level too high
Lake Balaton’s water level reached 133cm at Balatonfenyves, over the target ceiling of 120cm, the town’s mayor Gábor Lombár told radio channel InfoRádió on Wednesday.
4th April, 2018
Budapest Spring Festival opens
The 38th Budapest Spring Festival opened on Tuesday at 40 venues with 150 programmes. The festival will run until April 22.
4th April, 2018
Bruce Willis promotes Hell
Hollywood movie star Bruce Willis will promote Hell, produced by the eponymous Hungarian energy drink maker, the company’s marketing director Péter Pantl told tabloid Blikk.
3rd April, 2018
More than 58,000 may cast vote from abroad
More than 58,000 people have registered to cast their ballot at one of Hungary’s 118 embassies or legations at the April 8 parliamentary elections. That number was 28,161 four years ago.
3rd April, 2018
Dog accessories maker expands
Julius-K9, a dog accessories manufacturer, has started to hire some 200 staff at its new production site in Tiszafüred, Szolnok county, to expand production, the company said.
29th March, 2018
MTelekom to suspend some services temporarily
Magyar Telekom will suspend some of its services for a few hours at several locations throughout the country on March 29 due to electricity network upgrades carried out by the respective local power suppliers, the telecommunication company announced on Wednesday.
29th March, 2018
Blaha Lujza tér to be renovated in 2019
The capital has earmarked Ft 1.8 billion for the renovation of Blaha Lujza tér, a busy transport hub in the Eighth District in Budapest, mayor István Tarlós announced at a press conference on Wednesday.
28th March, 2018
IKEA slashes home delivery prices
IKEA will cut in half its home delivery prices for customers living more than 50km from Budapest from April 1, the furniture and home decoration chain announced on Tuesday.
28th March, 2018
Hungary gets first 2-star restaurant
Onyx in Budapest has become the first restaurant in Hungary to receive two Michelin starts, it was announced yesterday.
27th March, 2018
HírTV turns to election committee
Private TV channel HírTV has turned to the election committee because of what it called the Tasó scandal. HírTV reported on Monday that its crew had been ousted unlawfully from Fidesz MP László Tasó’s rally on Sunday evening. A billboard had promoted the political rally in Nyíracsád.
27th March, 2018
Ryanair flies to Santander from Budapest
Irish low-cost airline Ryanair has launched a direct flight to Santander, Spain, from Budapest, the airline announced on Monday.
27th March, 2018
Trianon rock opera in the pipeline
Director Gábor Koltay will direct a rock opera about the effects of the Trianon Treaty, which formally ended World War I in 1920 and which stripped historical Hungary of two-thirds of its territory.
26th March, 2018
Police fine protesters, journalists for jaywalking
Police have fined several students who participated in the February 23 and March 15 demonstrations and journalists covering those events Ft 50,000 for jaywalking, 444 reported.
26th March, 2018
LOT to launch long-haul flights from Budapest
Poland’s national airline LOT will launch its first direct transatlantic flight from Budapest to the US from May 3, CEO Rafal Milczarski said on Friday, after the airline’s first Boeing 787-9 landed at Warsaw’s Chopin airport, from Boeing’s Everett plant.
23rd March, 2018
UK calls for action against Russia
The British ambassador to Hungary says it is the duty of every country to resist the aspiration of the Kremlin to divide the international community, HVG reports.
23rd March, 2018
MGE out to curb used car imports
The car importers association MGE has expressed its concern about the possible acceleration of used car imports, citing fears of increased pollution from outdated diesel engines.
23rd March, 2018
Tainted cumin products found
Nébih has found cumin product tainted with poisonous seeds of jimsonweed (also known as devil’s snare) the food safety authority announced on Thursday.
22nd March, 2018
Lukács papers taken from archive
The manuscripts of philosopher György Lukács were taken away from the archive in his former home, on Tuesday morning, Népszava reports.
22nd March, 2018
Nyugati station to be closed for a day
Budapest’s Nyugati train station will be closed for a whole day on March 24 for maintenance works on the overhead electricity lines, state railway company MÁV announced.
21st March, 2018
Maintenance works on M1 motorway
Maintenance works will be carried out on the M1 motorway until August, filling holes near Budapest, state road maintenance company Magyar Közút announced on Tuesday.
21st March, 2018
Coca-Cola Zero Lemon arrives
Coca-Cola Zero Lemon will make its debut in Hungary this month, the international soft drink maker announced on Tuesday.
21st March, 2018
Kertész Institute planned
The government is granting Ft 2 billion to establish an Imre Kertész Institute, honouring the Nobel-winning writer, to be run by the foundation that oversees the House of Terror museum.
20th March, 2018
App aims to educate about money
Economy Minister Mihály Varga and head of the State Treasury József Mészáros presented a new mobile phone app at a Budapest high school on Monday.
19th March, 2018
GVH takes action against Orangeways
The competition authority GVH has issued an Ft 85.4 million fine to Pivot-Consulting, a company which operated bus services under the umbrella of coach operator Orangeways.
19th March, 2018
MTV fined for political bias
The National Election Committee (NVB) has fined state-run MTV more than Ft 1 million after finding that it had violated basic principles of the electoral process, as for weeks it in effect operated as a Fidesz party station.
14th March, 2018
Airport sees more US passenger traffic
Passenger traffic between Budapest Airport and the US reached 470,000 last year, although there are no direct flights to the US, the airport manager’s chief commercial officer Kam Jandu said on Tuesday.
14th March, 2018
Costly Aquatics Championship video goes unseen
A three-and-a-half-minute post-event publicity video for last summer’s Budapest World Aquatics Championships cost Ft 230 million, but serves no apparent purpose, investigative news website G7 reports.
13th March, 2018
CEU in talks regarding Vienna campus
The Central European University and the city of Vienna have announced that they are in negotiations on allowing CEU to establish a campus in Vienna alongside its educational locations in Budapest and New York state.
13th March, 2018
Work starts on Miskolc-Kosice link
Work on the 57km Hungarian section of a planned Miskolc-Kosice motorway M30 began on Monday.
13th March, 2018
On Body and Soul wins film prizes
The prize for best feature film went to Ildikó Enyedi’s Oscar nominee On Body and Soul at the fourth Hungarian Film Week awards on Sunday night.
12th March, 2018
Reconstruction starts on busy rail line
The Ft 150 billion upgrade of the 55km Budapest-Hatvan railway line began on Saturday, the Development Ministry announced.
12th March, 2018
Cache of Liszt manuscripts surfaces
Manuscripts of priceless historical significance written by Franz Liszt and thought to have been lost were presented to the media on Saturday.
12th March, 2018
Orbán daughter was robbed in France
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s daughter Ráhel was attacked by thieves while in a car en route to Paris from the airport in November, French newspaper Le Parisien reported on the weekend.
9th March, 2018
Gov’t committed to protecting farmland
The cabinet is committed to protecting Hungarian farmland so that it shall remain in Hungarians’ hands, Prime Minister’s Office head János Lázár said on Thursday at a press conference in reaction to a ruling earlier this week by the Court of Justice of the EU.
9th March, 2018
Historic bourse building’s renovation to start
The renovation of the historic stock exchange building on Szabadság tér in Budapest’s Fifth District could start this year, Canadian property developer Tippin Corp. said on Thursday.
8th March, 2018
Semmelweis among top 200 medical universities
Semmelweis University in Budapest has made it to the world’s top 200 institutions in the field of medical science and pharmaceuticals, according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) list, the Human Resources Ministry told state news agency MTI on Wednesday.
8th March, 2018
Budapest warehouse fire put out
Fire-fighters extinguished a massive fire at a warehouse in Dandár utca in Budapest’s ninth district on Wednesday morning, Máté Kisdi, spokesman of the capital’s disaster management directorate, announced.
7th March, 2018
Csányi, Soros among world’s richest
OTP Chairman-CEO Sándor Csányi is one of the world’s richest people, Forbes said on Tuesday.
7th March, 2018
Court reprimands Index journalist
The Győr Court on Tuesday reprimanded Index journalist Gergely Nyilas and obliged him to pay the trial’s expenses.
6th March, 2018
HungaroControl tests remote tower
Hungarian air traffic controller HungaroControl announced on Monday that it has successfully tested air navigation controls simultaneously at three Hungarian airports from Germany.
6th March, 2018
VAT fraud suspected at Mart
Construction material retailer Mart Építőipari Kereskedelmi has sought bankruptcy protection as fraud is suspected at the company, business news website Napi learnt.
5th March, 2018
Mészáros seen as most corrupt – poll
Felcsút mayor Lőrinc Mészáros, government commissioner in charge of the movie industry Andy Vajna, István Tiborcz, the son-in-law of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Antal Rogán, head of the prime minister’s office, and Lajos Simicska, a businessman who used to be a close friend of the premier, are regarded, in that order, as the most corrupt Hungarians, a poll Závecz Research conducted for HírTV, published on Sunday, shows.
5th March, 2018
New country image in the pipeline
Various experts are “working around the clock” to help the Tourism Agency (MTÜ) come up with a “new country-brand for Hungary” that could define foreigners’ image of the country for several decades to come, MTÜ head Zoltán Güller told state TV channel M1.
2nd March, 2018
FDA delays verdict for Richter’s Esmya
The US Food and Drug Administration said it has extended its deadline to August to issue its verdict on whether Richter’s original drug Esmya, a treatment for uterine myoma, could be launched in the US, Richter’s US partner Allergan announced.
2nd March, 2018
No tennis stadium on Margaret Island
The cabinet does not support the construction of a tennis stadium on Margaret Island in the current form of the plans, Prime Minister’s Office head János Lázár said on Thursday.
2nd March, 2018
Exposure claims 21 fatalities
Some 21 people died in the extreme cold weather from Sunday to Wednesday, the Hungarian Social Forum announced on Thursday, HírTV reports.
1st March, 2018
New Ft 1,000 banknote
Starting March 1, new Ft 1,000-denomination banknotes will replace the current ones, the central bank announced on Wednesday.
1st March, 2018
State’s role grown massive in ad market
The state’s role grew even more massive in the advertising market last year, Zsolt Urbán, head of the Advertising Association said on Wednesday.
28th February, 2018
Fired journalists suing
Two of the several newspaper editors who were fired because of a falsified interview with the prime minister published in Fejér Megyei Hírlap in December 2016 have turned to court.
28th February, 2018
Mészáros eying Hotel Gellért
A hotel management company owned by Lőrinc Mészáros, a businessman reportedly close to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, will soon purchase Danubius Hotel Gellért, situated in the 11th District in Budapest, investigative news website Zoom learned from unnamed sources in the hotel industry.
28th February, 2018
József Nádor tér to be rebuilt
The Fifth District has selected Gödöllő-based construction company Penta, a frequent winner of public procurement tenders, to rebuild József Nádor square, in downtown Budapest, after the construction of an underground garage on the square has been completed.
27th February, 2018
Night shelters 90% used up
Night shelters filled up to 90% of their capacity over the weekend due to the cold weather conditions, Menhely Alapítvány (Shelter Foundation) director Zoltán Aknai told Klubrádió on Monday.
26th February, 2018
Children’s ward closes due to lack of staff
Due to a lack of personnel, healthcare services have been suspended for an unspecified period of time from February 23 at the baby and children’s ward of the Sátoraljaújhely hospital and at the children’s outpatient clinic, the hospital said on its website.
26th February, 2018
Hundreds on hand to cheer athletes
Hundreds of fans, family members, friends, and journalists were on hand at the Gyakorló Jégcsarnok (the Ice Hall for Practise) on early Sunday afternoon in Budapest to receive the Hungarian athletes back from the Winter Olympics.
23rd February, 2018
Digi postpones mobile services launch
Romanian-registered cable, internet and telecom service provider Digi, winner of the state tender to launch a fourth mobile-phone company in Hungary, is in the testing phase of its service, Index reports.
23rd February, 2018
Austria challenges Paks II in ECJ
Austria has formally challenged the European Commission’s approval of Hungarian state support for the Paks nuclear power plant expansion project at the European Court of Justice, Austrian Environment Minister Elisabeth Köstinger announced on Thursday.

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