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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.
20th December, 2019
Budapest will not finance Biodome
Budapest City Hall has announced it will not allocate any funds for the completion of a Biodome at the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden, Népszava reported on Thursday.
20th December, 2019
Airport expects heavy traffic during holidays
The operator of the Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport expects an average of 50,000 passengers per day during the Christmas season, resulting in long waiting times for check-in and passenger screening.
20th December, 2019
Police crack down on human traffickers
The National Bureau of Investigation (NNI) has detained two members of an organized crime ring on suspicion of human trafficking, the National Police communication service announced on Thursday.
19th December, 2019
Government to upgrade suburban railway lines
The government plans to upgrade suburban railway lines HÉV and develop green areas to make Budapest more liveable in coming years, state secretary for Budapest development Balázs Fürjes told Inforádió on Wednesday.
19th December, 2019
57% of Hungarians speak no foreign language
More than half of Hungarians do not speak any foreign languages, putting the country third on a list behind Great Britain and Romania according to a fresh analysis from website TheKnowledgeAcademy.
19th December, 2019
Hypothermia causes 37 fatalities
By the middle of December, 37 people in Hungary had died of hypothermia. Two-thirds of the fatalities occurred in unheated homes or during and after hospitalisation, while the remainder occurred outdoors.
18th December, 2019
Hungarian mafia boss arrested in US
A Hungarian man arrested by the FBI in the United States is suspected by the Komárom county prosecutor general’s office of committing budgetary fraud, money laundering and other crimes as part of a criminal organisation.
18th December, 2019
Home sales to drop in 2020
The number of home sales, on a rising trend for years, will drop in 2020 by 5% year-on-year to 155,000, analyst László Balogh of property agency Ingatlan.com forecast in his latest report.
18th December, 2019
Hungarian film on short list of Oscar nominees
The Hungarian film Akik Maradtak (Those Who Remained), directed by Barnabás Tóth, is on a short list of films nominated for a best international film award at the Oscars.
17th December, 2019
Chinese university campus to open in Budapest
Innovation and Technology Minister László Palkovics signed a statement of understanding in Shanghai on Monday with Xu Ningsheng, president of China’s Fudan University, expressing their joint interest in establishing a campus for the university in Budapest.
17th December, 2019
Hungarian film success in Hollywood
Actress Kata Domján won the US International Golden Film Award for best female actress for her performance in the film A Pillanat (The Moment), the website Borsonline reported on Monday.
17th December, 2019
Nearly 300 migrants detained at border
Nearly 300 migrants that had crossed into Hungary were stopped and escorted back across the security border fence by police officers this weekend.
16th December, 2019
Fidesz MP’s illegal hotel fined
Fidesz MP’s illegal hotel fined Sixth District apartment hotel owned by Fidesz MP Zsolt Becsó has been run illegally for years, website 24 reports.
16th December, 2019
Advent Basilica voted best Christmas market
Advent Basilica has been chosen as the best Christmas market in Europe by European Best Destinations, an independent travel website.
13th December, 2019
Sixth District raises tax on Airbnb
New commercial accommodations opening in Budapest’s Sixth District including Airbnb units, will have to pay a one-off fee of Ft 2.8-5.6 million from January 1, the district council decided on Thursday.
13th December, 2019
MNB unveils forgery detection app
The MNB is launching a mobile-phone application, ForintApp, which helps users to identify suspicious banknotes, the financial supervisory announced at a Thursday press conference.
12th December, 2019
Growth in home prices slows down
The average price of prefabricated concrete building homes in Budapest went up by 5% over the last six months, a slowdown from the 10% rise in the first half of the year, according to estimates by property agency Ingatlan.com.
12th December, 2019
Murky water warning for Budapest
The Budapest waterworks informs citizens that they may experience murky water in their taps on Monday, due to infrastructure work.
11th December, 2019
MPs approve childcare benefit for grandparents
Parliament yesterday voted to introduce a grandparental child-care benefit, entitling not-yet-retired grandparents to request a stay-home benefit for looking after their very young grandchildren from January 1.
11th December, 2019
Gov’t cutting public works schemes
The budget of the public works programme is to be cut from Ft 225 billion this year to Ft 140 billion next year, according to a document sent by the Interior Ministry to local government leaders, Népszava reports.
11th December, 2019
City Hall to open downtown ice rink
Budapest City Hall will open a free ice rink in its courtyard on December 19, mayor Gergely Karácsony announced on his Facebook account on Tuesday.
10th December, 2019
Tesco vows to stay in Hungary
Tesco can clearly state that it envisages its presence in Hungary for the long term and has never said that it would sell its subsidiary, the head of the British retail chain’s regional office Matt Simister affirmed on Monday.
10th December, 2019
New era for Magyar Posta
Magyar Posta’s recently introduced electronic delivery system opens a new era in postal services, minister without portfolio for state assets Andrea Bártfai-Mager declared at a press conference on Monday.
10th December, 2019
More elderly going on public works schemes
More and more elderly people are joining public works schemes, and local governments are sometimes using tricks to be able to provide a means for pensioners to make a little money, Népszava writes.
9th December, 2019
GVH levies big fine on Facebook
The Competition Office (GVH) has fined social media site Facebook Ft 1.2 billion, the biggest fine ever levied by the competition watchdog in a consumer protection case.
9th December, 2019
Vaccination rate best in Europe
Hungary is leading in Europe when it comes to childhood vaccinations, state secretary for health Ildikó Horváth said on M1 on Sunday morning.
9th December, 2019
Hungary fourth in European swimming
Katinka Hosszú won four gold medals at the European Short Course Swimming Championships that concluded in Glasgow on Sunday.
6th December, 2019
Rally planned for homeless people
The Hungarian Helsinki Committee, the Civil Liberties Union and the Street Lawyer Association are organising a demonstration on December 10, the, UN’s Human Rights Day, against the criminalisation of homelessness.
6th December, 2019
Karácsony lifts ban on gay websites
Mayor Gergely Karácsony has lifted a ban on accessing websites of LGBTQ organisations from city hall computers and has withdrawn from a related lawsuit.
6th December, 2019
Hosszú wins European gold
Ajna Késely won a silver medal for Hungary last night at the European short-course swimming championships in Glasgow.
5th December, 2019
Party zone mayor asks Orbán for help
Newly elected Seventh District mayor Péter Niedermüller has asked Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in a letter for financial help to ease problems caused by heavy tourism in Budapest’s so-called Party Zone.
5th December, 2019
CPI plans two hotels in Budapest
Czech property developer CPI will open two new hotels in Budapest by transforming and renovating two buildings in the Fifth District, Portfolio learned.
4th December, 2019
NMHH fines MTelekom over transfer
The media and telecoms authority NMHH fined Magyar Telekom Ft 10 million, because the company repeatedly rejected a subscriber’s request to have a phone number transferred to a new service provider, without proper grounds, it was announced on Tuesday.
4th December, 2019
Wizz Air mulls monthly subscription
Low cost airline Wizz Air may launch a monthly subscription scheme, offering subscribers one return flight monthly for no additional fees, Polish air industry website Fly4Free reported.
4th December, 2019
Fed Cup final to be held at Papp Aréna
The final of the Fed Cup, the women’s tennis international team competition, will be held at the Papp László Sportaréna next April, the Hungarian Tennis Association announced on Tuesday.
3rd December, 2019
Spar to reduce plastic in packaging
Spar will reduce the use of plastics by not covering certain dairy products such as sour cream with a plastic lid, the retail chain announced.
3rd December, 2019
Struggling news website back again
The Szabad Pécs news website has resumed operations after a week, following a plea for financial support.
3rd December, 2019
Police seize Ft 26mn worth of cocaine
Budapest police have seized more than 1.3 kilograms of cocaine worth Ft 26 million in a workshop in Csepel, the city’s 21st District.
2nd December, 2019
Five-star Parisi Udvar opens
Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Péter Szijjártó formally opened the Parisi Udvar Hotel operated by the Mellow Mood Group on Friday.
2nd December, 2019
Thousands take part in climate rally
Mayor Gergely Karácsony addressed the Budapest rally of Fridays for Future students’ movement on Friday, an event attended by several thousand people, many of high school age.
2nd December, 2019
Russian-language radio station to start in Budapes
A Russian-language online music radio station began operations in Hungary on December 1 under the name Dunayska Volna, Danube Wave, Media1 reported on Friday.
29th November, 2019
Last phase of M3 upgrade starts in March
The renovation of the stations on the middle section of the M3 metro line can start after an agreement to that effect was signed on Wednesday, Budapest public transport company BKV announced on Thursday.
29th November, 2019
LOT to fly to Dubrovnik and Varna
LOT will fly between Budapest and Dubrovnik, Croatia as well as between Budapest and Varna, Bulgaria next summer, sales director of the Polish airlines Michal Fijol announced in Budapest.
28th November, 2019
City harmonises parking rules
Budapest city council on Wednesday amended parking regulations in order to standardise practices across the city.
28th November, 2019
Cabinet aims to send a Hungarian into space
Hungary intends to send an astronaut into outer space in 2024 in co-operation with Russian firm Roscosmos, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó announced yesterday at the European Space Agency conference in Seville.
27th November, 2019
Police investigate sale of Audi land
National Bureau of Investigations detectives have impounded documents and files related to the sale of land bought for the construction of an Audi Logistics Centre near Győr.
27th November, 2019
Forint hits new low against euro
The forint weakened against the euro on the interbank market on Tuesday morning to a new record low of 337.2.
27th November, 2019
Hungarian actress wins international Emmy
Hungarian actress Marina Gera won the International Emmy Award as best actress for her role in the film Örök tél (“Eternal Winter”).
26th November, 2019
Smaller shops face growing pressure
There were 120,500 stores operating in Hungary at the end of June, 2,000 fewer than one year earlier, as even the growth in consumption has not been enough to stop the years-long decline in shops, Portfolio reports.
26th November, 2019
News websites in financial trouble
News website Mérce is launching a fund-raising campaign to ensure its continued operation next year, while local website Szabad Pécs suspended operations yesterday due to a lack of money.
26th November, 2019
Hungary’s first heart transplant recipient dies
Sándor Schwarz, the first person in Hungary to undergo a heart transplant, died on Monday, 27 years after the historic operation.
25th November, 2019
VAT refunds for new homes in poor villages
Home builders in the selected 2,486 disadvantaged villages will enjoy a VAT refund of up to Ft 5 million from January 1, 2020, Finance Minister Mihály Varga announced on Friday.
25th November, 2019
New Vienna-Budapest boat link
Vienna city councillor for business, digital innovation and international affairs Peter Hanke visited Budapest mayor Gergely Karácsony on Friday, to discuss problems caused by short-term tourists in city centres, measures countering climate change, social affairs including homeless care, and public participation in city development projects.
25th November, 2019
Woman held for Ft 1bn VAT fraud
A woman has defrauded the state of Ft 941 million in VAT by running a criminal organisation trading in food industry products, mainly sugar and cooking oil, a court has found.
22nd November, 2019
Mayor takes parking spaces from Russians
At the proposal of mayor Tamás Soproni, the Sixth District local council has returned 33 parking places to local residents, the local council said in a statement on Thursday.
22nd November, 2019
Theatre cancels Gothár production
The Katona József Theatre yesterday announced that it has removed from its repertoire Hóhérok (“Executioners”) the most popular play directed by Péter Gothár, who has confessed to sexual harassment.
22nd November, 2019
Tracking device ordered for tram attack culprit
The Capital Court has ordered criminal supervision for four months for a man who hurled bottles and racist abuse at three Nigerians on a tram last Saturday.

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