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27th February, 2020
DK calls for border controls due to coronavirus
The Democratic Coalition wants to know why the government has not introduced epidemiological checks for the coronavirus infection on the land borders, for example for traffic passing through Hungary from northern Italy.
27th February, 2020
Quarantine panic rumoured in shops
Not only have inhabitants of quarantined Western European cities begun emptying the supermarkets, but a Budapest shopper has also found empty shelves.
27th February, 2020
BorsodChem cancels event due to virus
BorsodChem has cancelled its February 28 project closing and new technology unit opening ceremony due to the aggressive spread of the coronavirus in northern Italy, the chemical factory announced on Wednesday.
26th February, 2020
Taxi drivers angered by Niedermüller’s accusations
Taxi drivers have expressed outrage at Seventh District mayor Péter Niedermüller’s suggestion that they deliver illegal drugs, declaring “We are not drug dealers”.
26th February, 2020
Sopron team cancels Italy match over virus fears
The Sopron women’s basketball team has refused to play a Euroliga game against Italian club Schio at a neutral site in Ljubljana, due to fears of the coronavirus.
25th February, 2020
Metro stations closed for revamp
The Arany János utca and Ferenciek tere subway stations will be closed temporarily from March 9, due to renovations on the M3 metro line, the Budapest Transport Centre announced on Monday.
25th February, 2020
Fewer food and beverage vending machines
The number of food vending machines fell to around 20,000 from 35,000 in the last 18 months, due to rising fees, Magyar Hírlap reports.
24th February, 2020
GreenGo enters Prague market
Hungarian car-sharing company GreenGo has started operations in Prague with 100 all-electric VW e-up! cars, it was announced on Friday.
24th February, 2020
42% of Hungarians mistrust the election system
Hungarians are unusually distrustful of domestic elections, G7 reports, citing an international survey, which found that 42% of Hungarians do not trust the country’s election results.
21st February, 2020
Giro d’Italia to cross Chain Bridge
Participants in the 2020 edition of the Giro d’Italia cycling race will cycle across the Chain Bridge on the tournament’s opening day, under a new route change.
21st February, 2020
Hungarian pavilion on schedule for Dubai Expo
The topping-out ceremony for the Hungarian pavilion at the 2020 World Expo in Dubai was held on Thursday.
20th February, 2020
Tesco ups wages in two phases
Tesco is raising its employees’ salaries in two phases this year, as part of an agreement signed with the retail employees’ unions KASZ and Kdfsz, the retail chain and the unions announced jointly on Wednesday.
20th February, 2020
State buys electric cars for hospitals
The state health care supplier centre ÁEEK has purchased 249 electric cars for hospitals for Ft 3 billion, head of the institution Miklós Gondos announced on Wednesday.
20th February, 2020
Ft 2bn to operate Puskás Aréna
Operating the new Puskás Aréna, the former Népstadion, will cost Ft 1.9 billion this year, website 444 has spotted in Magyar Közlöny.
19th February, 2020
Plane stranded for six hours
Passengers on a Ryanair plane were stranded on board the aircraft for six hours at Liszt Ferenc International airport before it eventually took off on Tuesday.
19th February, 2020
Open banking arrives in Hungary
Open banking – in which fintech companies have access to bank account information – started in Hungary on Tuesday with the launch of the services of Számlázz, a company which allows clients to manage their accounts at different banks with one app.
18th February, 2020
Sixth District property trial revived
Prosecutors have pressed charges against 14 former local councillors and two former notaries over property deals in the Sixth District in 2003-05.
18th February, 2020
Parragh supports lower turnover tax
Reducing the local business tax could save companies Ft 80-100 billion and attract more multinational companies to Hungary, Chamber of Commerce and Industry president László Parragh told Magyar Nemzet.
17th February, 2020
YouTube deletes PestiSrácok channel
YouTube has deleted pro-government website PestiSrácok’s channel after finding that it had been used to upload child pornography.
17th February, 2020
Hungarians from Wuhan leave quarantine
The seven Hungarians who were quarantined 14 days ago after they returned home from Wuhan in China via France have been allowed to return to their homes.
14th February, 2020
Socialists call on gov’t, MNB to explain weak HUF
The Socialist Party is calling on the government and the central bank to explain why the forint has dropped to a historic low against the euro and what rate of exchange can be expected in the future, MP László Szakács said at a press conference in Budapest on Thursday.
14th February, 2020
British ambassador to leave post in September
The British Foreign Office announced in a press statement Thursday that current ambassador Iain Lindsay will be replaced by Paul Fox in September.
14th February, 2020
Lookout tower burns down
A lookout tower on Fülöp hill in Révfülöp, Veszprém county, collapsed after catching fire early Thursday.
13th February, 2020
Instant bank transfers start on March 2
Instant bank transfers will go into effect on March 2, MNB director Lajos Bartha announced on Wednesday.
13th February, 2020
Exhibition opens in metro carriages
A photo exhibition will be on display on metro lines M2, M3 and M4 in Budapest until April 11.
13th February, 2020
Swimming complex drops discrimination appeal
The MOM Sports Swimming Complex has dropped an appeal after earlier discriminating against an LGBTQ sports club.
12th February, 2020
80,000 Hungarians register to remain in UK
Around 80,000 Hungarian citizens have registered to remain in the United Kingdom following the end of the post-Brexit transition period ending December 31 this year, British ambassador Iain Lindsay told Inforádió on Tuesday.
12th February, 2020
Weddings spike to reach 30 year high
The number of weddings in 2019 rose to a level not seen in nearly 30 years according to the latest data of the Central Statistics Office.
11th February, 2020
MNV to sell state properties
National asset manager MNV will sell high-value state properties on online auctions beginning February 11, it announced on Monday.
11th February, 2020
Fulbright scholarship expands
The amount of US Fulbright scholarship funds available for Hungarians will be doubled from Ft 200 million to Ft 400 million by 2022, state secretary Zsigmond Perényi of the Innovation and Technology Ministry announced on Monday.
11th February, 2020
Disaster Management warns of high winds
The Directorate General for Disaster Management (OKF) has issued a high wind warning, deputy spokesman of OKF Imre Dóka told Inforádió Monday morning.
10th February, 2020
Wizz Air to cancel Budapest-Frankfurt flights
Budget airline Wizz Air will discontinue its Budapest-Frankfurt service effective April 30, the company confirmed to state news agency MTI on Friday.
10th February, 2020
Serbian authorities remove migrants from border
Serbian authorities used 15 to 20 buses to transport migrants away from the temporarily closed Hungarian border station at 2 a.m. early Friday morning.
10th February, 2020
122 die of exposure since September
The number of deaths from exposure shot up to 27 in the past twenty days, most of which occurred in unheated homes, the Hungarian Social Forum announced on Saturday. That brings the total number of deaths to 122 since September of last year.
7th February, 2020
New premium office restaurant ready to expand
The owners of Kantin, a premium office restaurant, will open new outlets in Budapest after their first venture outperformed expectations, Portfolio reports.
7th February, 2020
Park activists sentenced to perform public works
The Pest Central District Court has given sentences of 100 hours of public works to each of eight activists who resisted construction work at the City Park, after convicting them of hooliganism committed in a group.
7th February, 2020
El Greco exhibition coming in 2022
The Museum of Fine Arts plans to stage an exhibition of the works of 16th-century painter El Greco in 2022, director László Baán told Inforádió on Thursday.
6th February, 2020
Szentkirályi open to e-mail queries
New government spokeswoman Alexandra Szentkirályi has announced that she will take e-mail and surface mail questions from the public in an arrangement dubbed Cabinet Info Plus.
6th February, 2020
Budapest Pride president dies
Szilvia Nagy, president of Budapest Pride, has died of cancer, the organisation announced on its website.
5th February, 2020
ECHR again orders Hungary to feed asylum-seekers
The European Court of Human Rights stopped another case of starvation in Hungary’s transit zone at the Serbian border, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee wrote on its Facebook page yesterday.
5th February, 2020
Minimum wage fourth lowest in EU
Hungary’s minimum wage is the lowest among the Visegrád Four countries and the fourth lowest in the EU, Eurostat reports.
5th February, 2020
Ryanair announces flights to Zadar
Ryanair will fly twice a week between Budapest and Zadar, Croatia from July 1 until the end of September, the airline has announced.
4th February, 2020
Former Smallholder HQ to be a hotel
The four-star Hotel Vision Budapest will open in the spring in the former Smallholders Party headquarters on the Belgrád rakpart in the Fifth District, Portfolio reports.
4th February, 2020
Danube to rise rapidly this week
The level of the Danube in Budapest is expected to rise by five metres this week, as considerable amounts of rain have fallen on the catchment areas of major Hungarian rivers, the National Water Management Authority reports.
3rd February, 2020
Hungarians flown out of China
Seven Hungarians fleeing the coronavirus outbreak in China arrived in Budapest from France on a Hungarian armed forces plane after 8 p.m. Sunday night.
3rd February, 2020
Joint bike-sharing scheme started
Esztergom and its Slovak neighbour Sturovo on the other side of the Danube launched a new bicycle share scheme on Saturday, with the help of Ft 300 million from the US’s Interreg programme.
3rd February, 2020
Old bridge collapses in Piliscsaba
A bridge, built around 1890, collapsed at Piliscsaba on the weekend, the civil guard wrote on its website on Saturday.
31st January, 2020
Sixth District regulates e-scooters
The Sixth District council has decided to make the parking of electric scooters subject to a permit, as of February 1, in order to protect the safety of road users, the interests of the residents and the image of the streets.
31st January, 2020
Tesco re-enters filling station market
Tesco has opened a unit in a Shell petrol station on Haller utca in Budapest’s Ninth District and plans to open three more at filling stations in February, Napi reports.
31st January, 2020
30 fatal accidents at zebra crossings
There was a total of 969 accidents at pedestrian crossings in 2019, of which 39 were fatal, according to police data.
30th January, 2020
Budapest to bid for Rác baths
Budapest is going to file a bid of up to Ft 7.4 billion to buy the assets of bankrupt bath and hotel complex the Rác Fürdő, city council decided on Wednesday.
30th January, 2020
Authorities declare flu epidemic
The number of patients seeking treatment for influenza-like symptoms crossed the epidemic threshold in the fourth week of January, the National Public Health Centre reported.
29th January, 2020
Shots fired as refugees storm border crossing
A group of 60-70 refugees tried to enter Hungary from Serbia at Röszke early Tuesday morning, but were deterred by warning shots, the Interior Ministry reported.
29th January, 2020
Fraudsters preyed on elderly
A criminal gang defrauded more than 30 people, most of them elderly, of a total of Ft 54 million, Budapest Police announced yesterday.
28th January, 2020
MÁV to install 375 ticket machines
State railway company MÁV-Start will install 375 new ticket machines this year at a cost of Ft 4.6 billion, in addition to the existing 178 operating at railway stations, chairman and CEO Róbert Homolya announced on Monday.
28th January, 2020
Local Chinese festival cancelled due to virus
The outbreak of the coronavirus has led to the cancellation of Lunar New Year festivals in China and Chinese communities in Europe, including Budapest
27th January, 2020
Hungarians stranded by coronavirus outbreak
Six Hungarians are stranded in Hubei province in China, where authorities have imposed a quarantine due to the coronavirus outbreak, Foreign Affairs Ministry state secretary Tamás Menczer announced on Saturday.
27th January, 2020
More first-time buyers on property market
The proportion of first-time home buyers increased to 22% in Budapest and 24% outside the capital in 2019, according to data from real estate brokerage Duna House.
27th January, 2020
Man dies as ambulance fails to enter village
A man died after an ambulance driver refused to enter the Roma majority village of Csenyét in Borsod county on Friday night.
24th January, 2020
Forint reaches record low
The forint hit its weakest position ever against the euro at Ft 327.26 on Thursday, losing 0.2% over the previous day.
24th January, 2020
Wizz Air to launch Santander flight
Wizz Air will launch two weekly flights between Budapest and Santander, Spain beginning June 2, the budget airline announced on Thursday.
24th January, 2020
Heroin haul at Serbian border
Police arrested a 63-year-old English man on suspicion of drug possession after the man attempted to cross into Hungary from Serbia Tuesday evening.
23rd January, 2020
Banks to introduce instant payment by March
Hungarian banks are ready to introduce instant payment by March 2, secretary general of the Hungarian Banking Association Levente Kovács said at a press conference.
23rd January, 2020
Unions strike wage deal with Auchan
Unions and the management of hypermarket chain Auchan concluded a wage agreement for this year. The move will cost Ft 1.6 billion in extra expenditures for the retailer, which will raise the entry wage of non-executive staff by 17%, according to a statement.
23rd January, 2020
Budapest is most expensive Hungarian city
Budapest is the most expensive city in Hungary according to a list of world cities ranked by living expenses compiled by Numbeo. Budapest is placed at 274 on the list, while Debrecen is at 305 and Szeged at 311.
22nd January, 2020
Russian TV channel launched
Russian Kino, a Russian-language television station which broadcasts Russian films, will be launched by Hungarian telecommunications company Vidanet this month, the company announced on Tuesday. Films produced between 1948 and the present will be aired on the channel.
22nd January, 2020
New trams coming to Budapest
New trams built by Basque manufacturer CAF will soon go into service in Budapest.
22nd January, 2020
Sziget Festival receives honour
The Sziget Festival received a decoration for its efforts in the field of environmental protection at a ceremony of the Greener Festival Awards in Groningen, Holland on Sunday.
21st January, 2020
Gov’t spent nearly Ft 100 billion on communication
The Cabinet Office run by Antal Rogán has spent nearly Ft 100 billion on communication and national consultations since 2015, HVG reports.
21st January, 2020
Illegal accommodations discovered in Budapest
Dozens of illegally operating commercial accommodations were discovered by website 24 in the Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Districts of Budapest. Such accommodations accepted reservations but were not found in the districts’ accommodation registries.
21st January, 2020
Malaysia sends garbage back to Hungary
Malaysia will send back 3,737 tonnes of illegally imported garbage to the USA, France, Japan, Canada, the UK, Spain, Belgium, Hungary and Jamaica according to Malaysian Minister Yeo Bee Yin.
20th January, 2020
Electric vehicle charging to see price jump
Electric vehicle charging company Ionity, which operates three ultrafast electric vehicle chargers in Hungary, will abandon its flat pricing at charging stations across Europe beginning January 31, Portfolio reported citing German media.
20th January, 2020
Anniversary of Budapest Ghetto liberation marked
The 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Budapest ghetto was marked at the Dohány utca memorial wall on Friday.
20th January, 2020
Money launderer extradited to Hungary
Italian authorities have extradited the alleged perpetrator of a Ft 685 million money laundering scheme. The police stated on its website that 27 associates of the suspect have already been captured.
17th January, 2020
Aréna mall to expand in Budapest
Symmetry Arena, the owner of Budapest shopping centre Aréna, has filed a request with the Budapest Government Office on expanding its area from the present 42,000m2 to 60,000m2, HVG reports.
17th January, 2020
MÁV admits problems with drivers’ 12-hour shifts
MÁV-Start will immediately review its policy of having engine drivers work in 12-hour shifts, the state passenger rail service announced on Thursday.
16th January, 2020
New low-cost terminal opens at airport
Liszt Ferenc International operator Budapest Airport will open a new light material structure for low-fare flight passengers from Friday after test operations began on Wednesday.
16th January, 2020
Indian firms plan investments here
Planned investments in Hungary by Indian companies that employ the latest technology will create 1,000 jobs, Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Péter Szijjártó told state news agency MTI by phone from Mumbai on Wednesday.
16th January, 2020
Hungarian wins €30mn lottery prize
A Hungarian won €30 million in the Europe-wide Eurojackpot lottery on November 22, state gambling company Szerencsejáték announced on Wednesday.
15th January, 2020
Gov’t measures encourage use of cash
The amount of cash in circulation at the end of 2019 stood at Ft 6.627 trillion, up by 8.3% from the beginning of the year, the MNB announced on Tuesday.
15th January, 2020
Dobrev eager for EU minimum wage
A European minimum wage is “worth fighting for,” Democratic Coalition MEP Klára Dobrev declared on Tuesday as EU Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights Nicolas Schmit, published a related proposal.
15th January, 2020
Hungarians spend most time in hospital
Hungarian patients spend an average of 9.8 days in hospitals, the highest figure among EU member states, according to a Eurostat report based on 2017 data.
14th January, 2020
EIP plans 300-room hotel in Budapest
Czech-based Europa Investment Property (EIP) is planning to build a 300-room hotel in Budapest’s 10th District on Hungária körút, according to reports.
14th January, 2020
Fewer young teachers in state schools
The corps of Hungary’s schoolteachers is ageing, while more children are segregated in state schools, according to a report by the Academy of Sciences.
14th January, 2020
Military boat on patrol on the Tisza
The Hungarian armed forces, in co-operation with the police, have deployed a patrol boat on the Tisza river from January 13 to prevent migrants from unlawfully crossing the border, the Defence Ministry announced.
13th January, 2020
Household gas cheapest in Budapest
Household gas prices in Budapest remained lower than in any other European capital in the first half of last year, according to data from Eurostat.
13th January, 2020
More than 70 dead of exposure
The number of reported deaths from exposure in Hungary so far this winter stood at 74 people on January 5, the Hungarian Social Forum announced on Friday.
10th January, 2020
Spar reaches wage deal with union
Spar Magyarország has agreed with the retail workers union KASZ on 2020 wages, spokesman Márk Maczelka of the Dutch-owned retail chain announced on Thursday without providing an average wage hike figure.
10th January, 2020
Dire times for mail carriers
All five mail carriers in the Békés county town of Battonya have resigned, citing an increase in their duties with no corresponding rise in pay.
9th January, 2020
Court orders release of Elios contract
A court has ruled that the town of Gyál had no right to conceal parts of a contract concluded with Elios Innovatív Energetikai, the public lighting company formerly owned by the prime minister’s son-in-law.
9th January, 2020
Wizz Air avoiding Iraq and Iran
Wizz Air has not had to cancel any of its flights as a result of new tensions in the Middle East, the airline announced on Wednesday.
9th January, 2020
Hosszú voted European female athlete of the year
Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú has been voted female athlete of the year for 2019 in a poll of European sports journalists.
8th January, 2020
New freight centre opens at airport
Budapest Airport’s new freight centre, BUD Cargo City, has begun operations with the arrival of a Boeing 747, the airport operator announced.
8th January, 2020
Banks call for end to transaction tax
The Bank Association yesterday called for the abolition of the transaction tax before the new instant payment system becomes operative on March 2.
8th January, 2020
Wolves spotted in Bükk hills
A pack of eight wolves has been videoed a few hundred metres from inhabited areas in the Bükk hills of northeast Hungary.
7th January, 2020
State to sell Hollóháza porcelain maker
The government is planning to privatise Holló¬házi Porcelángyár, one of the oldest porcelain manufacturers in Europe and the oldest in Hungary, Napi reports.
7th January, 2020
Data protection inquiry into Fidesz lists of voter
The National Data Protection and Information Freedom Authority has launched an inquiry into the “Kubatov lists” – data on voters compiled under the supervision of Fidesz party director Gábor Kubatov.
6th January, 2020
MNB to support green home purchases
The MNB will support purchasers of energy efficient homes, deputy governor Csaba Kandrács told economic news website Növekedés on Friday.
6th January, 2020
Fidesz MP angered by segregation ruling
Local Fidesz MP László Horváth lashed out at “the money-grabbing operations of the Soros network” on Saturday after the Kúria ruled that the state must pay compensation for the segregation of Roma and non-Roma children in a Gyöngyöspata school in 2004-17.
6th January, 2020
Passengers escape plane via emergency chutes
Passengers on board a Wizz Air flight waiting to leave Debrecen for Paris had to flee the plane via emergency chutes at Debrecen airport Saturday evening as it appeared that a supplementary engine of the plane had caught fire, the website Airportal reports.
3rd January, 2020
M4 metro line filled to capacity
Passenger traffic on the M4 metro line has nearly doubled in the past five years and if this trend continues, then Budapest will have to procure new metro carriages, according to reports.
3rd January, 2020
Cabinet devotes Ft 12bn to Makovecz oeuvre
The cabinet has set aside Ft 12.4 billion to build, restore or expand 30 buildings by 20th-century architect Imre Makovecz, Napi reports.
3rd January, 2020
Hungarian may be world’s most prolific writer
Writer István Nemere had published 726 titles by the end of 2019, achieving a new world record, he announced on Thursday.
2nd January, 2020
Digi keeps AMC channels in late deal
Cable television and telecom company Digi agreed with AMC on keeping all of the content provider’s channels for another year at 9 p.m. on December 31, Index reports.
2nd January, 2020
New air link to central China
Shanghai Airlines started to fly between Budapest and Xi’an in central China, it was announced on Monday.
2nd January, 2020
Revellers injured by firecrackers
Firecrackers caused numerous accidents on Tuesday night, National Ambulance Service spokesman Pál Győrfi announced on Wednesday.
31st December, 2019
IKEA bans single-use plastic products
IKEA will stop selling single-use plastic products in its stores worldwide from January 1, the Swedish furniture and home design chain announced on Monday.
31st December, 2019
Old Ft 10,000 notes no longer valid
From January 1, 2020 the old Ft 10,000 banknote ceases to be legal tender, HVG recalls, warning consumers that these notes cannot be used after December 31.
31st December, 2019
Hospitals ban photography
Hospitals are warning patients and visitors against taking photographs lest the images damage the reputation of the institutions, 444 reports.
30th December, 2019
Record year at Budapest Airport
Total passenger traffic for the year at Budapest’s Liszt Ferenc International Airport reached 16 million on Friday, an all-time high, operator BA announced on Friday.
30th December, 2019
Record year-end sales at shops
Retail sales could reach a record Ft 1.2 trillion in December, head of the Retailers Association György Vámos told state news channel M1.
30th December, 2019
Many criminals caught at Christmas
Police captured 274 criminals in 72 hours during December 24-26, it was announced on Friday.

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