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21st November, 2018
FX debtors may buy back homes
According to a bill filed in parliament on Tuesday, state property manager NET will sell back homes to foreign-currency debtors from whom it had purchased the properties when they went bankrupt.
21st November, 2018
MNB spends Ft 320mn on paintings
The MNB has recently purchased paintings for a total of Ft 320 million, the central bank announced on Tuesday.
20th November, 2018
Interpol renews Hernádi arrest warrant
The governing body of Interpol has accepted Croatia’s request to renew the international warrant for the arrest of MOL chairman and CEO Zsolt Hernádi, the Croatian interior ministry announced.
20th November, 2018
Tarlós may close underpasses at night
The government is examining the possible consequences of closing Budapest’s pedestrian underpasses at night, according to confidential reports obtained by HVG.
20th November, 2018
Széles plans Ft 77bn golf investment
Entrepreneur Gábor Széles is planning a large-scale tourism investment at the Zala Springs Golf Resort, Hungary’s largest 18-hole golf course.
19th November, 2018
Radio station licenses not extended
The Media Council (NMHH) has declined to renew the frequency contracts of commercial radio stations Sláger FM and Music FM, citing “serious legal violations,” it was announced on Friday.
19th November, 2018
Fire destroys DK offices
The Democratic Coalition’s main offices on Teréz körút in Budapest were completely wiped out in a fire on Saturday.
16th November, 2018
UN officials barred from transit zone
UN human rights experts suspended their official visit to Hungary after the authorities refused to let them enter the transit zones at the Röszke and Tompa border stations, Amnesty International announced on Thursday.
16th November, 2018
Retailers start Black Friday sales early
Hungarian online retailers are not waiting for the actual Black Friday date of November 23 to offer deep discounts, but are beginning to do so today, and in some cases have already started, retail news website Blokkk reports.
15th November, 2018
Cameras to be installed on two thoroughfares
Traffic safety cameras will be installed on Szentendrei út in Buda and Váci út in Pest, the city council decided unanimously on Wednesday.
15th November, 2018
State to open outpatient clinics
State health care supply centre (ÁEEK) will open 20 outpatient surgery centres for a total of Ft 8 billion, it was announced in Székesfehérvár on Wednesday by EU development projects state secretary Eszter Vitályos.
14th November, 2018
Magyar Posta modernising mail
Magyar Posta will modernise its letter delivery system in a Ft 5.7 billion project, with the help of Ft 2.4 billion in EU and state support, the state-owned company announced yesterday.
14th November, 2018
Ft 100mn stolen in daytime raid
Thieves riding on a motorcycle made off with an estimated Ft 100 million from a money-changing booth in the heart of downtown Budapest on Monday morning.
13th November, 2018
Stricter guest registration rules ahead for hotels
Deputy prime minister Zsolt Semjén and cabinet minister Antal Rogán have filed a bill in Parliament to modify the law on tourism to require accommodation providers to report detailed information about their guests.
13th November, 2018
More than 100 road deaths expected
A total of 513 people died on Hungarian roads between the beginning of the year and November 1, police said on Monday.
12th November, 2018
DK sues prosecutor’s over Elios case
The Democratic Coalition (DK) is suing the prosecutor’s office, accusing it of abetting crime by failing to pursue an investigation of Elios, the public lighting company formerly owned by the prime minister’s son-in-law.
12th November, 2018
Police uncover Italian airport thieves
Hungarian police have helped to expose Italian airport thieves while trying to detect thievery by baggage handlers in Budapest.
9th November, 2018
Journo prosecuted for story based on public record
The international Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has urged Hungarian prosecutors to drop criminal charges filed against journalist András Dezső because of his investigative work.
9th November, 2018
Austria to extradite Afghan
Austrian authorities will extradite to Hungary an Afghan man accused of raping a woman in the lavatory of a downtown Budapest fast food outlet in September.
8th November, 2018
Hungary leads in brain drain statistic
Some 8% of Hungarian graduates of post-secondary institutions live abroad, the highest figure in Europe, Tárki researcher Ágnes Hárs found in a recent study.
8th November, 2018
Futureal starts building Etele Plaza
Property developer the Futureal group yesterday laid the foundation stone of Etele Plaza, a €300 million shopping mall near Kelenföld train station.
7th November, 2018
Dreher to expand premium beer sales
Dreher Sörgyárak is basing its new strategy on expanding premium beer sales in Hungary both by brewing and importing, the brewery said on Tuesday.
7th November, 2018
Hungary to host karate tournament
Hungary will host the World Karate Championships in 2022, the World Karate Federation announced on Tuesday.
6th November, 2018
China Eastern to start Shanghai flights
The world’s seventh largest airline, China Eastern, will operate direct flights between Shanghai and Budapest from next summer, Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Péter Szijjártó told state news media after talks in Shanghai.
6th November, 2018
Hungarian skaters set world record
The Olympic champion Hungarian men’s relay team set a new world record as they won the 5,000-metre event in the speedskating World Cup in Calgary on Sunday night.
5th November, 2018
Hungary slips in World Bank’s business ranking
Hungary has fallen to 53rd from 48th on the World Bank’s latest “Doing Business” ranking, which rates the business climate in 190 countries.
5th November, 2018
Bath reopened after Ft 4bn overhaul
Spa operator Budapest Gyógyfürdői (BGYH) last week inaugurated a 7,800m2 spa building completed after an investment of Ft 3.9 billion at the Csillaghegy Bath in the city’s Third District.
5th November, 2018
DK pays homeless man’s fine
The Democratic Coalition party has paid the Ft 20,000 fine meted out to a man in Gödöllő who was the first to be penalised for living on public area.
31st October, 2018
Minimum wage in Romania surpasses Hungarian level
The minimum monthly wage in Romania is set to rise by 9.4% by January 1, from 1,900 leu to 2,080 leu, or Ft 144,643, which is higher than the Hungarian minimum wage of Ft 138,000, news website Menedzsment Fórum reports.
31st October, 2018
Nébih bans potency enhancers
The food safety authority Nébih has banned the sale of three allegedly herbal potency enhancers imported from China, because they contain subscription drugs.
31st October, 2018
Gov’t rejects Sunday closing rumour
The government yesterday denied that it is considering a new ban on Sunday shopping after the Innovation and Technology Ministry state secretary Péter Cseresnyés scheduled a meeting with the head of government-friendly retail workers union KDFSZ.
30th October, 2018
Budapest Bank replaces card system
Budapest Bank replaced its bank card system over the weekend, the bank announced.
30th October, 2018
Hungary excels in battery recycling
Hungary is a European leader in the recycling of batteries, as 53% of batteries sold here are recycled, according to Eurostat data.
29th October, 2018
NAV investigates Tennis Association
Prosecutors ordered the tax authority NAV to investigate the financial affairs of the Tennis Association, suspecting considerable mismanagement of funds, HVG reports.
29th October, 2018
Italian design chamber helps Hungarian counterpart
Italian style and design chamber Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana has signed a co-operation agreement with its Hungarian counterpart the Magyar Divat és Design Ügynökség, the latter announced on Sunday.
29th October, 2018
Venerable Európa Kávéház closes
The café Európa Kávéház on Szent István körút in the Fifth District in Budapest closed on October 23 after 100 years of operations, HVG reports.
26th October, 2018
Austria closes half of border stations
Austria’s Burgenland province adjacent to Hungary has banned motorised traffic at 35 of the 60 border stations connecting the two countries.
26th October, 2018
Government to relaunch EV subsidies
The government is relaunching a subsidy programme for the purchase of electric vehicles with Ft 3 billion funding, state secretary for sustainability Balázs Weingartner announced.
25th October, 2018
Doctors object to homeless decree
The Facebook group 1001 Physicians without Gratitude Money is protesting in an open letter against the decree that criminalises homelessness, in effect from October 15.
25th October, 2018
Treasure found in record low Danube
Archaeologists from the Ferenczy Museum Centre have found coins, weapons and other objects from a ship that sank in the Danube in the middle of the 18th century.
24th October, 2018
Court convicts five in Buda-Cash case
The Municipal Court sentenced five people to seven years in prison, minus time already served, who were charged with embezzlement in the Buda-Cash case.
24th October, 2018
Sports aircraft maker to start production soon
Magnus Aircraft will begin production at its plant in Pécs at the end of October, CEO László Boros announced on Friday.
24th October, 2018
Seven die of exposure
Three people have died of exposure in Hungary since October 15 when the new law criminalising homelessness entered into effect, the Hungarian Social Forum announced on Tuesday.
19th October, 2018
Lázár mulls widespread smoking ban
Ministerial commissioner for the protection of non-smokers János Lázár suggested banning the sale of tobacco products to those born after January 1, 2020, at the Tobacco Hungary conference in Siófok on Thursday.
19th October, 2018
Low turnout expected at EP elections
Some 31% of EU citizens said they will definitely vote in the European Parliament elections next May when polled by Eurobarometer. This figure was only 28% for Hungarians, 32% of whom said they will definitely not vote.
19th October, 2018
Chain Bridge to close for Friday night
The Chain Bridge will be closed in the early hours of Saturday morning for a load test ahead of its renovation, Budapest transport centre BKK announced Thursday. No traffic will be allowed between 00.10 and 04.30 hours on Saturday.
18th October, 2018
Suburban rail to be extended to Kálvin tér
The 2030 urban development concept could bring major changes for Budapest’s buildings and public transport, MÁV CEO Róbert Homolya told the Budapest 2030 conference on Wednesday.
18th October, 2018
Ft 1,000 banknotes to be withdrawn
From November 1, Ft 1,000 banknotes issued before 2017 will no longer be legal tender, the MNB warned on Wednesday. However Banks and post offices will exchange the old notes for new ones for three years, and the MNB for 20 years.
18th October, 2018
Air quality critical in four cities
Air pollution reached levels that are dangerous to health in Dunaújváros, Kecskemét, Nyíregyháza and Pécs on Tuesday, the Public Health Authority (OKI) announced.
17th October, 2018
Segregated Roma win lawsuit vs state
The state must pay compensation to Roma children who were taught in separate classes for years at the Nekcsei Demeter Primary School in Gyöngyöspata, Eger Court ruled on Tuesday after years of litigation. The state was sued by 62 children and the court ruled partially or fully in favour of 60 of those.
17th October, 2018
No more gender masters in Hungary
A government decree signed by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has banned gender studies master degrees in Hungary, according to the Monday issue of official gazette Magyar Közlöny.
17th October, 2018
Danube’s lowest ever water level recorded
The water level along the Hungarian stretch of the Danube river is at a record low, the National Water Management (OVF) announced on Tuesday.
16th October, 2018
Household solar power takes off
The number of Hungarian homes powered by solar panels rose by 45% to 29,593 last year, data released by the energy regulator MEKH shows, adding that based on the first quarter figures, the increase could outstrip last year’s.
16th October, 2018
Vajna hosts Orbán, Schwarzenegger
Government film commissioner Andy Vajna hosted Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and US movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger at his home in Budapest on Sunday evening, according to the Instagram page of his wife Tímea Vajna. Schwarzenegger is seen taking a selfie with Orbán and Vajna.
15th October, 2018
Puskás Academy unveils new facility
The Puskás Ferenc Football Academy dedicated a Ft 12.5 billion multi-purpose sports hall and conference centre in Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s home town of Felcsút, Fejér county, on Saturday.
15th October, 2018
Composer’s favourite hangout to re-open
Kispipa, the former place of work of acclaimed songwriter Rezső Seress, is set to reopen on Akácfa u. 38 in Budapest’s Seventh District.
12th October, 2018
Most firms offer non-wage benefits
About 88% of employees at Hungarian companies receive some form of non-wage benefits, according to a survey by the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Economy and Business Research Institute.
12th October, 2018
WWII bomb defused at Déli station
Bomb disposal experts defused a World War II device found at Déli train station early on Thursday.
11th October, 2018
Hungarians most obese in Europe
Hungarians are among the most obese nations in Europe, and are in fourth place on a global scale, the Hungarian Obesity Science Council (MET) announced on Wednesday, citing the latest report by the OECD.
11th October, 2018
Train conductors afraid of attacks
The railway workers union VSZ is calling for an increase in the criminal penalty for those who physically assault ticket collectors, because the number of such attacks is rising.
11th October, 2018
Wizz Air changes baggage rules again
Low cost airline Wizz Air announced that its baggage rules will change from November 1.
10th October, 2018
EU to transfer almost all funds
The government has managed to resolve disputes with the European Commission on all but two funding issues, namely the construction of the M4 metro line and Hungary’s tendering system for EU funds.
10th October, 2018
Rat population rising in Budapest
The rat population in Budapest multiplied rapidly earlier this year, as weeks went by between the expiry of the city’s contract with exterminators and the signing of a new contract with a different company.
9th October, 2018
Magyar Posta prepares for holiday rush
Magyar Posta is expanding its package-sorting capacity and warehouse space in the run-up to the holiday season, it was announced on Monday.
9th October, 2018
Six tourists overcharged at nightclub
Six tourists were overcharged by Ft 500,000 at a downtown nightclub in the past two weeks, police announced on Monday.
8th October, 2018
GVH inquires into jeweller’s sales
The Competition Office (GVH) has launched a proceeding against Emporia Style, a company that sold jewellery via a television show.
8th October, 2018
Hosszú wins 4 gold and 3 bronze medals
Olympic champion Katinka Hosszú won four gold and three bronze medals at the three-day Budapest stop of swimming’s World Cup series.
5th October, 2018
Online sales may rise 20% in 2018
Online sales in Hungary were up 23.6% year-on-year in the first six months and could reach Ft 440 billion this year, up 20% from 2017, according to CEO Balázs Várkonyi of online retailer Extreme Digital.
5th October, 2018
Aldi opens five new stores
German retail chain Aldi has opened four new stores outside of Budapest in the last five weeks and will soon open its 137th Hungarian outlet close to Budapest, in Üllő.
4th October, 2018
New Budapest flights announced
Budapest Airport has announced the new flights that begin with the winter timetable starting on October 28.
4th October, 2018
EP suggests VAT ceiling of 25%
The European Parliament yesterday approved a European Commission proposal to place a 25% ceiling on VAT in member states.
4th October, 2018
Man sentenced for pulling knife on train conductor
A Sátoraljaújhely court on Wednesday sentenced a man to seven and half years in penitentiary for threatening a train conductor with a knife.
3rd October, 2018
MKB announces branch closures
MKB will close 15 branches in two phases in the near future, the bank announced on Tuesday, confirming earlier reports.
3rd October, 2018
Work starts on MOL skyscraper
The foundation stone of MOL Campus, the future headquarters tower of the energy company, was laid at the Kopaszi gát in Budapest’s 11th District on Tuesday.
3rd October, 2018
Academy bans lectures on political grounds
The Academy of Sciences has banned two planned lectures for the upcoming Festival of Hungarian Sciences as it says they might have political overtones.
2nd October, 2018
Budapest railway bridge to be widened
State infrastructure developer company NIF has announced the tender on widening the southern railway bridge in Budapest, according to the public procurement gazette Közbeszerzési Értesítő.
2nd October, 2018
Index starts crowdfunding campaign
Index temporarily shut down its home page on Monday morning as it began a crowdfunding campaign to reduce its financial dependence on its new owners.
2nd October, 2018
Momentum buries old law outside Orbán’s house
Momentum activists symbolically buried the old law on assembly outside Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s house before midnight Sunday.
1st October, 2018
MKB to close 15 branches
MKB bank plans to close 15 branches to cut costs, Index reports. The bank did not disclose which units would be shut down nor how many jobs would be lost. MKB promised to provide more information next week.
1st October, 2018
Credit eased for energy efficient home improvement
Conditions for preferential credit for home improvements that boost energy efficiency have been eased, it was announced on the EU funding allocation website Széchenyi 2020.
1st October, 2018
Dance troupe on North American tour
The Hungarian National Dance Ensemble is leaving on a tour of North America later this month to take traditional dances of the Carpathian Basin to Hungarian communities living in the US and Canada to mark the 170th anniversary of the 1848-49 Revolution and War of Independence.
28th September, 2018
Ignatieff: CEU needs deal by December
If there is no agreement on the CEU law by the middle of December, the university cannot legally admit students in January, Central European University rector Michael Ignatieff told a forum in Brussels on Thursday.
28th September, 2018
Budapest rises on destination list
Budapest is the world’s 32nd most popular city destination for tourists, up from 39th one year earlier, according to the 2017 Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index.
27th September, 2018
Airbnb more popular in Budapest
The number of guest nights spent at Airbnb accommodations in Budapest was close to 1.5 million last year, up by 35% from a year earlier, property consultancy Colliers International announced on Wednesday.
27th September, 2018
Sziget highly profitable this year
Profits at festival organiser Sziget will probably reach Ft 1.5 billion this year, matching its record performance achieved two years ago, CEO Tamás Kádár told Népszava.
26th September, 2018
Police crack down on mobile phone drivers
Police have filed more than 1,000 misdemeanour charges in the course of a two-day operation to catch those who hold mobile phones in their hands while driving, it was announced on Tuesday.
26th September, 2018
Wizz Air and Ryanair fined
The consumer protection authority has imposed fines of Ft 100 million on Ryanair and Ft 25 million on Wizzair, ATV reports.
26th September, 2018
World chess festival ahead
The Global Chess Festival, based on an idea of former female world chess champion Judit Polgár, will be hosted for the fourth time on October 13, this time at the National Gallery.
25th September, 2018
Gellért Hill funicular under construction
Preparation works for building a funicular railway on the Gellért Hill in Budapest have started, investigative news website G7 learned from workers on the site.
25th September, 2018
Budapest Honvéd to build stadium
Sports club Budapest Honvéd will start to build its new football stadium in 2019, owner George F. Hemingway told Digi Sport television on Monday.
24th September, 2018
All doctors resign at intensive ward
All five doctors gave 45 days notice of their resignation from the intensive ward of Ajka hospital on Thursday, ATV reported.
24th September, 2018
Orbán angling for tennis tournament
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is reportedly interested in obtaining the organising rights for a tennis tournament partly owned by Romanian former tennis player and businessman Ion Tiriac.
24th September, 2018
Slovak hooligans at Miskolc hockey game
Fans of the Zlovan ice hockey team attacked Hungarian supporters and security guards in Miskolc Friday evening.

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