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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.
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.

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