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18th January, 2019
Forint strengthens to five-month high
The forint traded at less than 320 per euro on Thursday, reaching a five-month peak after a two-day rally.
18th January, 2019
Cabinet to spend Ft 500mn on scouts
The cabinet is spending Ft 500 million for renovating three boy scout houses, Népszava reports.
18th January, 2019
EU to subsidise open society NGOs
Fidesz MEP Kinga Gál expressed outrage yesterday after the European Parliament voted to make €850 million available to European NGOs that campaign for an open and receptive society.
17th January, 2019
Israelis conduct trial search in Danube
The Israeli rescue team ZAKA on Tuesday conducted a trial search by sonar in the Danube near Margit híd and will return there in February to search for the remains of Jewish people who were shot and thrown into the Danube in World War II.
17th January, 2019
NAV inspectors mostly find tax fraud
Criminal inspectors of the tax authority NAV detected 5,956 crime cases in 2018, it was announced on Wednesday.
17th January, 2019
MKKP party office robbed
A laptop, a video camera and other electronic devices were stolen from the office of the Two-Tailed Dog Party (MKKP) on Monday, the party announced on Wednesday.
16th January, 2019
New grants for health care students
The State Health Care Supply Centre has invited bids for nearly Ft 1.5 billion in aid to health care students in higher education.
16th January, 2019
African swine fever found in boar
The African swine fever virus was found in a dead boar near Hagony in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county, close to the Slovak border, on Monday, the food safety authority Nébih announced.
15th January, 2019
Divers to look for Holocaust victims
Israeli divers will search the Danube for the remains of thousands of Hungarian Jews who were murdered in Budapest and thrown into the river during World War II, it was announced following a visit by Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri.
15th January, 2019
Households amassing cash reserves
The amount of cash in circulation reached a new record high of Ft 6.1 trillion at the end of December, up from Ft 5.1 trillion at the end of 2017, according to MNB data.
14th January, 2019
11,000 work permits issued last year
The number of work permits granted to non-EU foreigners has nearly doubled in the past three years, it emerges from a written reply by state secretary for employment policy Sándor Bodó to Democratic Coalition MP Lajos Oláh.
14th January, 2019
Air pollution kills thousands each year
An estimated 8,000-10,000 people die of air pollution in Hungary each year, the National Health Care Centre (NNK) reports, citing calculations by the World Health Organisation.
11th January, 2019
Moody’s sees 3.4% growth in 2019
Hungary’s economy is expected to expand by 3.4% this year after the 4.3% growth likely in 2018, according to the regional report by credit-rating agency Moody’s.
11th January, 2019
Food checks lead to Ft 8mn in fines
The national food safety office Nébih issued some Ft 8 million in fines during its seasonal check on foods last month, the Ministry of Agriculture announced on Thursday.
10th January, 2019
Over 200,000 Hungarians in Germany
The number of Hungarians living in Germany has more than tripled in the past ten years, website G7 reports, citing data from the German statistics office Destatis.
10th January, 2019
State buys Golgotha painting
The vicissitudes of the Mihály Munkácsy painting Golgotha are over, as American-Hungarian art collector Imre Pákh has agreed to sell it to the government for Ft 3 billion.
9th January, 2019
Snow diverts Budapest flights
Some flights bound for Budapest had to be rerouted to other airports on Tuesday, due to the heavy snow.
9th January, 2019
New app for compulsory car insurance
A mobile-phone app has been developed for reporting damage claims to insurance companies based on compulsory car insurance policies, president Anett Pandurics of insurers association Mabisz announced on Tuesday.
9th January, 2019
State buys hotel ships for Tisza
State boating company Mahart has bought 20 hotel ships from French manufacturer Nicols, government commissioner Máriusz Révész announced on Tuesday.
8th January, 2019
Many new homes coming on market
More than 20,000 new homes will hit the housing market in 2019, property agency Ingatlan.com estimated on Monday.
8th January, 2019
Herzog heirs lose case in US court
The heirs of a noted Jewish art collector may not sue the Hungarian state in US courts in order to obtain artworks worth millions of dollars, as the US Supreme Court declined to take up their case on Monday.
8th January, 2019
Gundel cooks for Orbán’s office
The Gundel restaurant has won the catering contract for the new Prime Minister’s Office in Buda Castle, HVG reports.
7th January, 2019
Lezsák school to get Ft 4bn thermal spa
The Lakitelek Folk High School, run by Fidesz MP Sándor Lezsák, is having a thermal bath built for Ft 4.5 billion, news website Menedzsment Fórum reports.
7th January, 2019
Hungary is low on police
Hungary has the fewest police officers in relation to its population, according to Eurostat.
4th January, 2019
Instant bank transfer testing starts
Banks began testing a new instant money transfer system on January 2, the central clearing house Giro announced yesterday.
4th January, 2019
IKEA to sell used furniture
IKEA will launch its used furniture business in Hungary in 2019, the Swedish retail chain told Napi on Thursday.
3rd January, 2019
IKEA closing earlier on Sundays
Beginning on January 6, IKEA shops in Hungary are closing at 7 p.m. on Sundays, two hours earlier than the 9 p.m. closing time valid in 2018, the subsidiary of the Swedish furniture retailer announced on Wednesday.
3rd January, 2019
Hatvan sports arena exceeds costs
Eger construction company Variabau has won the contract to build a handball and sports centre in Hatvan for Ft 3.6 billion, according to public procurement gazette Közbeszerzési Értesítő.
3rd January, 2019
Teachers union preparing for strike
More than 5,000 people have signed a petition circulated by the Democratic Union of Teachers (PDSZ), demanding changes in working hours and higher salaries, union president Tamás Szűcs told Inforádió on Wednesday.
2nd January, 2019
Protest rallies resume this week
Several demonstrations against the labour law are planned in Budapest and other cities in the first week of the new year, ATV reports.
2nd January, 2019
Hankook delays bonus payments
Hankook Tire informed its employees on December 21 that payment of bonuses would be postponed to January, as 2018 was a difficult year for the company.
2nd January, 2019
Owner closes Zoom website
Strat-Pol, owner of Zoom.hu, announced that it was shutting down the news website on December 21.
21st December, 2018
Áder signs labour bill into law
President János Áder has signed the legislation known as the “overtime bill” and the “slavery law” that has ignited protests across Hungary since it was approved by Parliament last week.
21st December, 2018
Strasbourg court turns down OTP’s complaint
The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a claim submitted by OTP regarding a 2014 Hungarian regulation, the bank announced on the BSE website.
21st December, 2018
Hosszú to swim for Budapest’s FTC
World champion swimmer Katinka Hosszú will join the Ferencváros athletic club (FTC) in January, Magyar Idők reports.
20th December, 2018
Protesters cause damage to Parliament
Millions of forints worth of damage has been done to the Parliament building and Kossuth tér during last week’s demonstrations, the state news agency MTI reported on Wednesday.
20th December, 2018
E-car chargers installed at Aldi shops
E.ON will install 360 electric car chargers at 123 Aldi Magyarország shops, the discount retail chain announced on Wednesday.
20th December, 2018
Smog alert issued in Miskolc
Miskolc mayor Ákos Kriza has urged residents not to use cars, especially diesel cars and banned any burning of waste, as the air quality in the city has become dangerous to human health.
19th December, 2018
Protests across Hungary this week
While no anti-government rallies have been announced in Budapest before Friday, sympathy rallies are planned in cities across Hungary and Europe, website Merce reports.
19th December, 2018
Vodafone repaying customers
GVH will not issue a fine to Vodafone as the telecoms company has agreed to repay money wrongly taken from its clients, the competition authority announced yesterday.
19th December, 2018
New taxi firm offers fixed fares
A new taxi company, Taxim, entered the Budapest market on December 6, with a new approach to take the uncertainty out of taxi rides.
18th December, 2018
Thousands demonstrate again at MTVA
Another large crowd gathered outside MTVA headquarters early Monday evening, on the fifth night of anti-government protests.
18th December, 2018
24% rise in bank card purchases
The value of purchases made by bank cards in the first nine months was up 24% year-on-year to Ft 3.9 trillion, according to data from the central bank.
17th December, 2018
Second Wizz Air plane in Debrecen
Wizz Air is stationing its second airplane at the airport in Debrecen, CEO of the low-cost airline József Váradi announced on Friday as the second aircraft entered into service.
17th December, 2018
Gov’t to boost capital in car test range
The cabinet has instructed Finance Minister Mihály Varga and Innovation Minister László Palkovics to provide a Ft 21.5 billion capital increase for Autóipari Próbapálya Zala, a state-owned vehicle testing range in Zalaegerszeg.
17th December, 2018
E.ON won’t cut off non-payers
E.ON will not switch off its supply to non-paying household customers during the holidays between December 14 and January 6, the local subsidiary of the German electricity distributor announced on Friday.
14th December, 2018
Szijjártó opens consulates in UK
Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó formally opened a Hungarian consulate in Manchester, England and another in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Thursday.
14th December, 2018
Paint daubed on Reagan statue
Unidentified perpetrators poured orange paint on the statue of former US president Ronald Reagan, at the edge of Szabadság tér early Thursday.
13th December, 2018
TEK vehicles on city streets
Counter-terrorist units and police are stepping up protection of Hungary’s Christmas fairs in response to the shooting incident in Strasbourg on Tuesday night.
13th December, 2018
Hotel bookings up 85% for Christmas
Hotel bookings over the Christmas holidays are increasing every year, with bookings in the December 22-26 period up 85% this season, according to data from Hungarian booking website Szallas.hu.
13th December, 2018
Vodafone announces tech prize
Mobile operator Vodafone Hungary will launch a Ft 15 million technology innovation prize for companies, individuals and non-profit organisations, CEO Amanda Nelson told a press conference in Budapest.
12th December, 2018
Airport car park permit withdrawn
The Government Office in Budapest has unexpectedly withdrawn the construction permit for a new six-storey parking garage at Liszt Ferenc International Airport, Index has learned.
12th December, 2018
Starbucks to open three units this year
Starbucks will open three units by the end of the year, the US coffee chain announced on Tuesday.
12th December, 2018
Party presents public toilet finder
The Two Tailed Dog Party yesterday presented its Android mobile phone app Pisi (“pee”) which helps users find free public lavatories.
11th December, 2018
Protestors block roads in Pécs, Győr
Union activists protesting against the overtime bill closed one lane of roads in Győr and Pécs on Monday, Steel Workers Union vice-president Zoltán László told Klubrádió.
11th December, 2018
More than 20 dead of exposure
Some 23 people have died of exposure, 16 of them because of tougher laws on homelessness, since the new regulations took effect on October 15, according to data provided by the Hungarian Social Forum.
10th December, 2018
Díjnet offers donation function
Utility bill collection company Díjnet offers clients not only an online platform to pay bills but also the possibility to donate to NGOs, the company announced on Sunday.
10th December, 2018
Statue of Nagy to be moved to Jászai Mari tér
The Committee for Prominent National Memorials has issued a preliminary permit for the relocation of the statue of 1956 prime minister Imre Nagy from its current place on Vértanuk tere to Jászai Mari tér.
10th December, 2018
Conservative weekly starting up again
Staff of the defunct conservative weekly Heti Válasz plan to revive the publication online five months after it was shut down.
7th December, 2018
Lear closes Gyöngyös factory
Lear Corporation is closing its factory in Gyöngyös by the end of December, citing rising labour costs, the car parts manufacturer announced on Thursday.
7th December, 2018
Formula One race set for August 4
The Hungarian Formula One race is scheduled for August 4, 2019, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) announced after approving next year’s calendar of races.
6th December, 2018
Affidea opens health centre for men
Private health care diagnostic services provider Affidea yesterday opened its Ft 100 million Affidea for Men health centre on Sasadi út in Budapest’s 11th District.
6th December, 2018
Banks expect forint to depreciate
Nordea Bank has ranked the forint as the world’s second most vulnerable currency after the Brazilian real, in its November list ranking 33 currencies.
5th December, 2018
Batthyány tér to become a park
Major changes lie ahead on Batthyány tér, as the square across the Danube from Parliament will no longer be a bus terminal, First District mayor Tamás Gábor Nagy told Inforádió on Tuesday.
5th December, 2018
MNB spends Ft 900mn on paintings
The MNB is buying more paintings for a total of Ft 890 million in its Value Treasury programme, the central bank announced on Tuesday.
4th December, 2018
CEU announces departure for Vienna
CEU management said on Monday that the university is obliged to announce that it will launch all of its US-accredited programmes in Vienna in September 2019 as Hungary’s “Lex CEU” forbids it from accepting new students from January 1, 2019.
4th December, 2018
Home sales set to reach new highs
The number of home sales was 12,033 in November, up by 2% from the same month in 2017 and 12% higher than in November 2016, property agency Duna House estimated.
3rd December, 2018
EU to examine Austrian family subsidies policy
Human Resources Ministry state secretary for family and youth affairs Katalin Novák on Sunday welcomed as a victory for the Visegrád Four a European Commission decision to investigate Austria’s family subsidies policy.
3rd December, 2018
Siemens working with Óbuda University
Siemens signed a co-operation agreement with the Óbudai University in Budapest on Thursday offering practical training for electrical engineers beginning in early 2019, chairman and CEO Dale Martin announced.
30th November, 2018
BKK loses patience with e-ticket system developer
The Budapest Transport Centre (BKK) has severed its contract with German company Scheidt & Bachmann, which had been commissioned to deliver an electronic ticket system, the website Azonnali reports.
30th November, 2018
Wizz Air opens pilot training centre
Wizz Air has opened its new pilot training centre in Budapest, the low-cost airline announced on Thursday.
30th November, 2018
Chain Bridge turning blue for Scotland
The Chain Bridge will be bathed in the blue and white colours of the Scottish flag on Friday and Saturday evening, to mark St. Andrew’s Day, honouring Scotland’s patron saint.
29th November, 2018
Gov’t hires new Washington lobbyist
The government has hired Washington’s Barnes & Thornburg law firm as its lobbyist on issues of religious freedom and immigration, website Átlátszó reports.
29th November, 2018
Gov’t to gauge bicycle traffic
The government will spend Ft 150 billion on developing bicycle lanes in the next four years, government commissioner Máriusz Révész announced in Budapest.
29th November, 2018
Buda-Cash saga reloaded
Although the written ruling has not yet been completed, an appeals court has ordered a new trial in the lawsuit filed by victims of the defunct brokerage Buda-Cash, who have claims against Denmark’s Saxo-Bank, Index learned.
28th November, 2018
Internet upgrade continues in 2019
The Superfast Internet Programme for Hungarian households will be continued with its second phase next year, Innovation and Technology Minister László Palkovics affirmed at a Tuesday conference organised by T-Systems.
28th November, 2018
Ryanair to fly to six new destinations
Ryanair will begin flights linking Budapest to six new destinations in its 2019 summer schedule, regional spokeswoman of the low-cost airline Olga Pawlonka announced in Budapest on Tuesday.
27th November, 2018
District may tax Airbnb hosts
Budapest’s Eighth District is planning to levy a local property tax on homes which are used for short-term accommodation services such as Airbnb, according to a draft decree posted on the district’s official website.
27th November, 2018
Reporter forced to leave HírTV
HírTV reporter Miklós Medgyesi found himself out of a job last Thursday, one day after putting a challenging question to Fidesz MP János Halász.
26th November, 2018
Orbán blames EC as Brexit deal is signed
The departure of the UK from the EU is a real Black Sunday for the EU, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told M1 channel after the Brexit deal was signed at a special EU summit in Brussels on Sunday.
26th November, 2018
Thousands join protest for CEU
An estimated 2,000 students took part in a demonstration in support of the freedom of science and education in Budapest Saturday evening.
26th November, 2018
App offers cheap dining off peak hours
Developer DiningHour launched an application offering diner discounts during off-peak hours, it was announced on Friday.
23rd November, 2018
Wizz Air adding two new routes in 2019
Budget airline Wizz Air will add one new aircraft and two new routes from Budapest next year, it was announced on Thursday.
23rd November, 2018
Gov’t ups funds for energy efficiency programme
The government has expanded the funds available for the replacement of energy-efficient household appliances from Ft 2 billion to Ft 5 billion, Innovation and Technology Ministry state secretary Balázs Weingartner announced at a press conference.
23rd November, 2018
Sting and Shaggy give free concert
Sting and Jamaican rapper and singer Shaggy are giving a free concert on Heroes Square on Saturday to mark the 30th anniversary of Hungary’s 6-os lottery.
22nd November, 2018
Lindsay: Hungarians can stay in UK
Hungarians working in Great Britain need not worry about Brexit, as they can remain there even after Brexit, but they will have to obtain a residence permit, UK ambassador Iain Lindsay told HírTV on Wednesday.
22nd November, 2018
Penny Market offers healthy food
Penny Market now offers gluten-free, lactose-free and sugar-free food products in all of its Hungarian units, after opening its 216th Health Island in a hypermarket yesterday.
22nd November, 2018
Budapest to get a&o hostel next year
International group a&o will open its first hostel in Hungary in Budapest next year, the chain announced on Wednesday.
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.

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