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22nd July, 2019
Half of police consider resigning
Nearly one in two law enforcement officials are thinking of resigning, even as trade union data indicates that the services are already under-staffed.
22nd July, 2019
Áder giving money to green start-ups
President János Áder’s foundation, Kék Bolygó (“Blue Planet”), has set up an investment firm that will support project ideas promoting environmentally conscious farming and climate protection, Magyar Narancs reports.
19th July, 2019
28,000 Hungarians apply for residence permit in UK
More than 900,000 foreign EU citizens, including nearly 28,000 Hungarians, have applied for residence status to the British authorities, the UK government reports.
19th July, 2019
Orbán on cheap flight, no bodyguards
Viktor Orbán took a Wizz Air flight from Milan to Budapest on Monday, HVG reports, based on a reader’s account.
19th July, 2019
Red Cross helps storm victims
The Hungarian Red Cross is giving out food, sanitary packages and building materials to the victims of recent extreme storms in Szabolcs county, it was announced on Thursday.
18th July, 2019
Szijjártó opposes care for migrants
It is unacceptable to propose that UN member states should provide the same healthcare to illegal immigrants as to their resident citizens, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó declared at Wednesday’s sitting of the UN Economic and Social Council.
18th July, 2019
Flydubai postpones launch of Budapest flights
Flydubai airlines has postponed the launch of its flights to Budapest planned for October 1, due to the grounding of its fleet of Boeing 737 Max aircraft, website Arabian Business reports.
18th July, 2019
Tímea Vajna inherits fortune
According to official papers, the widow of Andy Vajna, Tímea Vajna is the inheritor of the late film producer’s estimated Ft 50-100 billion fortune, but the situation is not clear-cut.
17th July, 2019
Lázár offers rides in a new Lada
Former Prime Minister’s Office leader and Hódmezővásárhely mayor János Lázár has invited members of the public to share a ride with him in a new Lada vehicle and discuss current issues.
17th July, 2019
Spanish chain opens Budapest hotel
The four-star Barceló Budapest hotel has opened following a Ft 15 billion investment, it was announced on Tuesday.
16th July, 2019
Apple’s Wozniak to visit Hungary
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple with Steve Jobs, is to be a guest speaker at the Novathon conference on October 30 organised by CIB bank and its parent company Intesa Sanpaolo in Budapest.
16th July, 2019
Serb caught with Ft 40mn in drugs and weapons
Police announced the capture in Budapest of a Serbian man with Ft 40 million worth of drugs and weapons.
15th July, 2019
Home sales drop as households wait
Home sales in Hungary were down 20% year-on-year to 10,542 in June, property broker chain Duna House announced on Friday.
15th July, 2019
Bock invests in expansion product
The Bock Winery will invest Ft 1.6 billion by the end of 2020 to expand its portfolio, bringing new premium quality wine and grape juice to the market as well as cold-dried fruit products, the Villány-based company announced.
15th July, 2019
Mild earthquake rattles Biatorbágy
An earthquake of 2.4 magnitude occurred in the Biatorbágy area, 25km west of Budapest at 2.41 p.m. Saturday, the Kövesligethy Radó Seismology Observatory reported.
12th July, 2019
V-Tel launches mobile service
After years of preparation, V-Telecom Hungary (V-Tel) launched its mobile services on July 1, the company announced on Thursday.
12th July, 2019
50 border guards convicted
The Military Council of the Capital Court has convicted 50 of 51 border police at Záhony who were accused of accepting bribes on the job as part of a criminal organisation.
12th July, 2019
Romanian actor to play Orbán in film
Romanian actor Radu Banzaru will play Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in a movie about German Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
11th July, 2019
Hungary leads EU in property price rise
Hungary is experiencing the most drastic rise in real estate prices in the whole of the EU, according to Eurostat data.
11th July, 2019
Ancient king’s original burial place found
Archaeologists believe they have found the original burial place of 11th-century King Péter Orseolo in the crypt of Pécs cathedral, during excavations of recent months, it was announced on Wednesday.
11th July, 2019
Tarlós opens swimming complex
Budapest mayor István Tarlós on Wednesday opened the spa and swimming complex in Pesterzsébet, Budapest’s 20th District, renovated at a cost of more than Ft 3 billion.
10th July, 2019
Hungarians visit banks less frequently
Customers are visiting bank branches less frequently and fewer transactions are carried out there as more services have become available in electronic form, Világgazdaság writes.
10th July, 2019
Index reporter banned from Parliament
Index journalist Tamás Fábián was banned from entering Parliament until the end of the year on Tuesday, because of an interview he conducted in a corridor.
10th July, 2019
Greenpeace objects to plastic bags
Greenpeace activists installed statues of whales trapped in plastic and other waste products outside Parliament on Kossuth tér on Tuesday to draw attention to the problem of worldwide plastic pollution.
9th July, 2019
Volánbusz recruiting with special bus
State coach company Volánbusz will tour summer festivals with a special bus equipped with a driving simulator, to recruit potential employees.
9th July, 2019
City’s longest tram line completed
The new 1.7km section of Budapest’s No. 1 tram line linking Fehérvári út and Etele tér is to be officially opened today.
9th July, 2019
Four Hungarian universities in top 200
Semmelweis University has been ranked 41st in Europe in terms of teaching and learning environment by Times Higher Education, it was announced yesterday.
8th July, 2019
Ft 260bn for tourism projects
Development funds available for tourism under the Széchenyi 2020 program in the current EU’s 2014-20 budget cycle will reach Ft 260 billion, Innovation and Technology Ministry state secretary Tamás Schanda said on Friday.
8th July, 2019
Body of Hableány victim recovered
The body of a 27th victim of the Hableány boating disaster was found in the Danube near Makád, 50km south of Budapest, on Friday.
8th July, 2019
National Theatre generates Ft 150mn in losses
The National Theatre, run by Attila Vidnyánszky, closed last year with a Ft 150 million loss, although it received nearly Ft 2 billion in state funds, HVG reports.
5th July, 2019
Szijjártó opens consulate in Vancouver
Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó opened Hungary’s westernmost permanent consulate in Vancouver, Canada on Thursday.
5th July, 2019
Police bans anti-Pride demo
Police have banned a counter-demonstration by Mi Hazánk that the far-right party planned to hold this Saturday during the Budapest Pride parade.
5th July, 2019
Kertész exhibition opens at museum
An exhibition of photographs, letters, postcards, documents and interviews with photographer André Kertész opened at the Petőfi Literary Museum on Wednesday.
4th July, 2019
Ogreco to launch e-scooter sharing service
Hungarian-owned Ogreco will launch its electronic scooter sharing service next week with a fleet of 100 in downtown Budapest, the company told state news agency MTI.
4th July, 2019
Nébih launches campaign against food waste
The food safety organisation Nébih launched an awareness campaign against the waste of vegetables and fruits, it announced on Wednesday.
4th July, 2019
Bridge open to pedestrians in July
Szabadság híd in Budapest will be open to pedestrians on weekends in July, the Budapest transport centre BKK said in a statement on Wednesday.
3rd July, 2019
DriveNow to reach Budapest airport
Liszt Ferenc International Airport will be accessible to drivers using Hungary’s car sharing service DriveNow from July 1, the company has announced.
3rd July, 2019
Physicians start returning home – Kásler
The number of Hungarian physicians working abroad has decreased, Human Resources Minister Miklós Kásler told a press briefing on Tuesday, adding that the negative trend experienced before 2010 has now passed.
2nd July, 2019
NKM ends free e-car supercharging
NKM Mobilitás, a member of the state utility group NKM, will begin charging Ft 50 per minute for using its electric car super chargers on July 1, the state-owned company announced on Monday.
2nd July, 2019
Man driven around for 5 hours after heart op
A man with heart disease who had just undergone an operation was driven around in a car for five hours, one of the man’s relatives reported on a Facebook page.
2nd July, 2019
Average heat record broken in June
Hungary experienced record high temperatures in June, the National Weather Service announced on its website on Monday.
1st July, 2019
MNB fines MagNet Bank
MNB has fined MagNet Bank Ft 19 million for infractions it has made since January 2014, the financial supervisory announced on Friday.
1st July, 2019
Outpatient clinics and pharmacies closed Monday
Outpatient clinics and pharmacies will remain closed on Monday, July 1 to mark the birthday of physician Ignác Semmelweis, known as the “saviour of mothers”.
1st July, 2019
Over 9,000 people swim across Lake Balaton
Some 9,724 people swam across Lake Balaton on Saturday for the 37th annual Lidl Balaton Cross Swimming event.
28th June, 2019
Surrealist exhibition opens in Buda
A large-scale exhibition presenting the Surrealist movement in nearly 120 paintings, graphic designs, sculptures, photographs, films and documents opened at the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest on Thursday.
28th June, 2019
Hungary to host Fed Cup tournaments over 3 years
Budapest will be the first city to host the women’s world team tennis Fed Cup tournament in its new format next year, it was announced at London’s Queen’s Tennis Club on Thursday.
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.

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