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16th July, 2018
Baja plant shuts down after listeria deaths
Greenyard, a global supplier of frozen fruits and vegetables, has closed its Hungarian plant after recent cases of food poisoning across Europe were traced to products originating at the unit in Baja.
16th July, 2018
Individual owns tax office Ft 2.5bn
The tax authority NAV has released a list of companies and individuals with the highest backlog as of June 30.
16th July, 2018
7,300 swim across Lake Balaton
A total of 7,309 people entered Lake Balaton on Saturday morning to swim the 5.2 kilometres between Révfülöp and Balatonboglár in the 36th annual swim across the lake.
13th July, 2018
Rules against homeless to be eased
A Fidesz amendment motion passed by Parliament’s legislative committee on Thursday would ease the misdemeanour regulations related to those living on the street.
13th July, 2018
Third District also bans beer bikes
Following several downtown districts, the Third District has also banned beer bikes, in a unanimous local council decision on Thursday.
12th July, 2018
Swimming complex guilty of discrimination
The Equal Treatment Authority has imposed a Ft 1 million fine on Hegyvidéki Sportcsarnok és Sportközpont company in a final ruling as the 12th District sports centre rejected a request from an LGBTQ sports club to let them rent a lane in the swimming pool in February 2017.
12th July, 2018
Párisi Udvar Hotel to open next year
The reconstruction of the Párisi Udvar Hotel in downtown Budapest will be completed by the end of the year and a five-star hotel will start operations next year, hotel chief Tamás Fazekas said on Wednesday.
11th July, 2018
EU gives €470mn for M3 upgrade
The European Commission will provide €473.4 million from its cohesion fund for the renewal of the M3 subway line in Budapest, commissioner for regional policy Corina Cretu announced on Tuesday.
11th July, 2018
Miskolc builds bicycle lane to Bosch
Miskolc is building a 10km bicycle lane connecting the city centre and the Bosch industrial complex, the mayor’s office announced on Tuesday.
11th July, 2018
Maize field maze now open
The Kiss Mária Hortenzia Patriot Club has cut a maze into a five-hectare cornfield near Kiszombor, Csongrád county and opened it to the public.
10th July, 2018
Nébih withdraws mineral water
The food safety authority Nébih has ordered distributor VízSztár to withdraw a San Benedetto brand mineral water product, it was announced on Monday.
10th July, 2018
Freight train faster from Xiamen
A freight train that set off from Xiamen, China with 41 containers on Monday will arrive in Budapest in 17 days, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reports.
10th July, 2018
Gold Museum villa sold cheaply
The former Gold Museum on Andrássy út in Budapest was sold for Ft 1.7 billion at the end of 2017, Napi learned on Monday.
9th July, 2018
State fines may destroy Jobbik
Jobbik might go bankrupt and fold under the weight of fines imposed upon it by state bodies which have ruled that the party violated campaign financing laws, Index reported.
9th July, 2018
Metrodom sees demand for e-cars rise
Property developer Metrodom has completed construction of a residential property block in Budapest’s 13th District with 129 homes.
6th July, 2018
Hungarian frozen food blamed for European deaths
A Hungarian food processor is responsible for producing tainted frozen vegetables that have infected consumers in several European countries since 2015, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has announced.
6th July, 2018
Danube bomb deactivated
Divers successfully removed the World War II bomb found in the Danube in the heart of Budapest earlier this week, and deactivated it by 11.30 a.m. Thursday.
5th July, 2018
Fewer Hungarians plan to work abroad
Among Hungarian employees, 35% are ready to work abroad, down from 58% four years ago, according to a survey by the Boston Consulting Group and recruitment agency Professio.
5th July, 2018
Lidl to stop selling one-off plastics
The 169 Lidl outlets in Hungary will stop selling single-use plastic products by the end of 2019, the discount retail chain has announced.
5th July, 2018
Bomb removal closes streets today
Traffic restrictions will be imposed in Budapest’s First, Fifth and 11th Districts from 8 a.m. on Thursday, when bomb disposal experts will work on raising a World War II bomb found in the Danube bed, Budapest police confirmed on Wednesday.
4th July, 2018
Unique operation performed
A diaphragm pacemaker was inserted into the body of a five-year-old boy at Budapest’s Semmelweis University child clinic in an operation unique in Europe, it was announced on Tuesday.
4th July, 2018
Bomb to be lifted from Danube tomorrow
Police did not close off streets in central Pest and Buda on Tuesday, contrary to a Monday announcement, as bomb disposal agents were unable to locate a World War II bomb at the bottom of the Danube until late in the afternoon.
3rd July, 2018
Project to research child victims of Holocaust
The makers of the Oscar-winning movie Son of Saul as well as the Hungarian Jewish Museum and Archive yesterday announced a research project regarding child victims of the Holocaust in Hungary.
3rd July, 2018
Cannonballs found in Szolnok
More than 40 cannonballs originating from the era of the Rákóczi insurgency of 1703-11 were found by archaeologists in the course of excavating a Szolnok chateau on Friday.
2nd July, 2018
State cuts off funding for parties
The State Treasury is reducing from July the funding due to those political parties that the State Audit Office have accused of illegal party financing activities.
2nd July, 2018
Footballer Gera retires
Zoltán Gera, long-time captain of the national football team, announced on Friday that he is retiring from the sport for health reasons.
29th June, 2018
Millenáris Startup Campus opens
The state-owned Millenáris Startup Campus was opened on Thursday, presenting the co-working office to journalists, Magyar Idők reports.
29th June, 2018
Committee approves taller buildings
Parliament’s legislative committee modified the bill on tall buildings on Thursday, raising the maximum permitted height of office or residential buildings from 65 metres to 90.
28th June, 2018
Greenpeace aims for plastic bag ban
Greenpeace ha collected 50,000 signatures in 20 days in its campaign for a ban on single-use plastic bags, the environmental protection NGO announced on Wednesday.
28th June, 2018
Forint sinks to new record low
The forint traded at more than 328 per euro on Wednesday afternoon, reaching its weakest level to date.
28th June, 2018
Driver jailed over fatal crash
An unspecified court on Wednesday handed down a 7.5-year jail term to the man who, according to the indictment, caused a fatal accident while driving under the influence on Szentendrei út on March 18, 2017.
28th June, 2018
Cargo theft gang uncovered
A gang of Slovak and Hungarian thieves stole the entire goods consignment of nearly 50 international cargo shipments over four years, police reported on Thursday.
28th June, 2018
Swimming complex for Eighth District
A swimming complex and spa will be built in the Eighth District on the area of the former Józsefváros train station, it was announced on Thursday.
27th June, 2018
Szijjártó faces BBC grilling
BBC NewsNight reporter Emily Maitlis closely questioned Foreign Affairs Minister Péter Szijjártó about the Hungarian government policy towards asylum-seekers when he appeared as a guest on Monday evening.
27th June, 2018
Frida Kahlo exhibition coming soon
Alongside more than 30 paintings and graphic designs by Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, photographs of the artist and a love letter written in Hungarian will be on display when an exhibition arranged by the Museum of Fine Arts and the Hungarian National Gallery opens on July 7.
26th June, 2018
MKB suspends services for a week
MKB bank will be temporarily closing all of its branch offices for a week, the bank announced on Monday.
26th June, 2018
Tarlós vows to scrap Red Bull Air Race
Budapest mayor István Tarlós told state news channel M1 on Monday that he will no longer allow the Red Bull Air Race to take place in the city “under such conditions,” due to the associated noise and disruption.
25th June, 2018
US ambassador arrives
New US ambassador David Cornstein and his wife Sheila arrived in Budapest on Friday. Foreign Ministry state secretary Levente Magyar was on hand to receive the ambassador on behalf of the Hungarian cabinet.
25th June, 2018
Dialogue demands metro cars inquiry
The Dialogue party is demanding that Budapest city council form a committee to examine whether the city’s metro trains were renovated in Russia or whether the city simply was sold older trains owned by Russia.
25th June, 2018
New swimming pool for Szeged
The cabinet is providing Ft 4.1 billion this year for the construction of a swimming pool in Szeged, according to a decree published in the official gazette Magyar Közlöny.
22nd June, 2018
Search for thermal water near Szabadság tér
The Fifth District council is having a well drilled near Szabadság tér at a cost of Ft 198 million in a search for thermal water.
22nd June, 2018
Opera cancels 15 Billy Elliott shows
The Hungarian State Opera has cancelled 15 performances of the Billy Elliott musical after pro-government newspaper Magyar Idők asserted that the musical is a propaganda tool for homosexuality, 24 reports.
22nd June, 2018
LMP launches petition against air race
LMP has launched a petition drive to have the Red Bull Air Race banned from next year, as the stunt pilots prepare for the annual contest in Budapest this weekend.
21st June, 2018
Gov’t to allow skyscrapers in Budapest
The government will increase the maximum height permitted for buildings in Budapest from the present 65 metres to 90 metres, according to a motion filed by Prime Minister’s Office state secretary Bence Tuzson in Parliament on Monday, Népszava noticed.
21st June, 2018
Gov’t gives up pálinka fight with EU
The government has abandon its fight with the EU on the so-called health tax, levied on soft drinks but not on spirits, according to the tax bill filed in Parliament on Tuesday.
21st June, 2018
Ronaldo breaks Puskás’s record
Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo yesterday broke Hungarian Ferenc Puskás’s record for the most goals scored in international competition by a European, in a World Cup match against Morocco.
20th June, 2018
Metro union may scrap wage contract
Retail workers union KASZ on Tuesday threatened to cancel the wage agreement signed with cash and carry chain Metro unless wages are increased.
20th June, 2018
Airbnb to disclose prices in Hungarian
The competition authority GVH announced on Tuesday that it has accepted the changes offered by Airbnb Ireland, which operates the private accommodation booking site in Hungary, on revealing the full price for consumers on Hungarian-language sites.
20th June, 2018
Jana water withdrawn from shelves
Food safety authority Nébih yesterday ordered a recall of Jana brand strawberry and guava flavoured mineral water with a sell-by date of February 22-24, 2019, after finding samples tainted.
19th June, 2018
People-smuggling suspect caught
A Syrian people-smuggling suspect wanted by Hungarian police has been caught by Greek authorities in Athens, National Police announced on Monday.
19th June, 2018
Munkácsy show a hit in St. Petersburg
An exhibition of works by 19th-century Hungarian painter Mihály Munkácsy in the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg has received its 500,000th visitor.
19th June, 2018
OTP installs voice-controlled ATMs
OTP has installed 200 voice-controlled ATMs to help people with limited visual ability, mostly at ATMs at larger branches.
18th June, 2018
More road accidents this year
The number of road accidents in which people were injured came to 6,289 in the first five months, a 13% year-on-year increase, drivers’ news website Vezess reports, citing police data.
15th June, 2018
People-smuggler gets 25 years
Kecskemét Court sentenced an Afghan people-smuggler to 25 years in prison on Thursday.
15th June, 2018
City Park underground garages on way
The construction of underground garages near City Park has begun, CEO Benedek Gyorgyevics of project company Városliget told Inforádió on Thursday. “The goal is to shape as much green area as possible in the neighbourhood,” he added.
13th June, 2018
Basic Law to outlaw homelessness
Fidesz intends to enshrine the illegality of sleeping rough in the Constitution, MP István Bajkai announced Tuesday.
13th June, 2018
Over 40% live in overcrowded homes
An estimated 40.4% of Hungarians live in overcrowded homes, according to recent figures from Eurostat. This is the sixth largest percentage in the EU and around two and a half times the European average.
12th June, 2018
Bank unveils contactless payments
Budapest Bank is offering contact-less mobile phone payment solutions to its customers from Monday, the state-owned bank has announced.
12th June, 2018
Kőbánya station revamp delayed
State railway company MÁV has announced a new tender for the renovation of Kőbánya-Kispest railway station in Budapest, it told HVG on June 8.
11th June, 2018
Airport closed after damage to runway
Several flights had to be cancelled at Liszt Ferenc International Airport for technical reasons on Thursday and Friday.
11th June, 2018
Four die in storm in south west
Fire-fighters were alerted to hundreds of locations as a storm hit south west Hungary on Friday night.
8th June, 2018
Auchan completes first housing project
Supermarket chain Auchan has completed its first housing project, the Boróka Park, consisting of 59 homes in Kecskemét, the French-owned company announced on Thursday.
8th June, 2018
Bear travels nearly 300km
A brown bear first spotted in Somoskőújfalu near the Slovak border on May 23 was on the outskirts of Tömörkény in southeast Hungary on Thursday, having covered almost 300 kilometres.
7th June, 2018
Wizz Air warns of deception
Wizz Air warned its potential clients on Wednesday that a data phishing fraud is spreading quickly on the internet, especially on Facebook, promising two flight tickets for €1 if personal data is provided.
7th June, 2018
Heti Válasz prints last edition
A possible American buyer of conservative weekly Heti Válasz has withdrawn, so Thursday’s print edition will be the last for some time, chief editor Gábor Borókai announced on Wednesday.
6th June, 2018
Book Week starts tomorrow
Over 300 new titles will appear at the 89th Book Week starting on Thursday, Katalin Gál, president of the book publishers association MKKE told a press briefing on Tuesday.
6th June, 2018
Pákh to sell Golgota to state for Ft 3bn
The government will buy the Golgota painting by 19th-century artist Mihály Munkácsy from its owner Imre Pákh for Ft 3 billion, Prime Minister’s Office leader Gergely Gulyás told his Tuesday press conference.
5th June, 2018
Gov’t to provide Ft 3bn for student summer jobs
The finance ministry will provide Ft 3 billion to municipalities and municipally-owned companies for the summer employment of students aged 16-25, Finance Minister Mihály Varga announced on Monday.
5th June, 2018
NAV launches 1mn procedures
The tax authority NAV launched 994,000 enforcement proceedings last year to recover some Ft 757 billion in unpaid taxes, according to reports.
4th June, 2018
Tesco extends online delivery to Balaton area
UK hypermarket chain Tesco has launched a summertime online delivery service on the south coast of Lake Balaton from June 1.
1st June, 2018
Beer bikes banned from 14th District
Beer bikes will be banned from the 14th District from July 1, just like in the Fifth District, the mayor’s office announced on Thursday.
1st June, 2018
Over 30 suspected of alleged corruption
The Central Investigative Prosecutor General’s Office has questioned 32 excise guards who are suspected of having regularly accepted cash from foreigners leaving Hungary at the Röszke border station from October 2017 onward, prosecutor general Imre Keresztes said in a statement on Thursday.
31st May, 2018
Széna square modernisation ahead
The modernisation of Széna tér in Budapest is expected to start in June 2019 and is planned to be completed by late 2020.
31st May, 2018
City decides to establish new parking zones
Budapest city council amended on Wednesday the capital’s decree regulating parking to introduce new zones where drivers will need to pay for parking in the 11th and 14th districts. It also approved a raise to the parking fees in those districts.
31st May, 2018
The Citizen wins grand movie prize
Director Roland Vranik’s movie Az Állampolgár (“The Citizen”) won the grand prize at the Festival Internacional de Cine Político in Buenos Aires, the Hungarian National Film Fund told state news agency MTI on Wednesday.
30th May, 2018
Fifth District bans Segways, rickshaws, beer bikes
The Fifth District’s local council on Tuesday announced that the use of Segways, electric bicycles, electric rollers, hoverboards, beer bikes and rickshaws will be banned on sidewalks and pedestrian zones from the middle of June.
30th May, 2018
Robot performs brain surgery
Brain surgery was performed with the help of a robot for the first time in Hungary, and in Central and Eastern Europe for that matter, more than a month ago, Loránd Erőss, head of the Functional Neurosurgery Ward at the National Clinics Neurology Institute, said at a press conference on Tuesday.
29th May, 2018
Over 300,000 Hungarians working abroad
Slightly more than 5% of Hungary’s working-age population, equalling 339,300 people, worked in another EU member state in 2017, Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office, said on Monday.
29th May, 2018
Centre opens for single parents
Human Resources Ministry state secretary for family and youth affairs Katalin Novák on Monday opened Hungary’s only single-parent centre at the corner of Üllői út and Mária utca in the Eighth District.
28th May, 2018
LMP’s Ungár buys stake in news site
Former LMP executive committee member Péter Ungár has bought a stake in news website Azonnali, fellow new site Index reported on Saturday.
28th May, 2018
GVH fines two firms selling vacation rights
The competition watchdog GVH has fined two companies selling vacation rights a combined Ft 41 million for unfair business practices.
25th May, 2018
Court annuls Golgotha resolution
A Capital Court on Thursday annulled a resolution on art relic protection which had declared Hungarian 19th-century painter Mihály Munkácsy’s painting Golgotha a protected work of art, meaning that the state cannot forbid the owner any longer to take the painting out of the country if he so wishes.
25th May, 2018
Public workers to relieve day labourer shortage
Agriculture Minister István Nagy said in an interview with business daily Világgazdaság, published on Thursday, that he considers improving competitiveness a paramount issue in agriculture.
25th May, 2018
Downtown square to be renovated
The renovation of Vörösmarty tér, in downtown Budapest, and of its vicinity is planned to begin in September, a proposal submitted to the City Council reveals. The works will last until August next year.
24th May, 2018
Hungarians dream of the euro
Nearly two thirds of Hungarians favour the introduction of the euro, the second highest rate in the region, while 54%, the highest rate ever, believe that adopting the euro would have positive consequences for them personally, Eurobarometer, the European Commission’s public opinion survey agency, said on Wednesday.
24th May, 2018
Labour shortage keeps car parts maker away
German car parts maker Fehrer Automotive decided not to build a plant in Kozármisleny, in the South of Hungary, for the time being because of a shortage of sufficient labour, Kozármisleny’s mayor told the daily Szabad Pécs on Wednesday.
24th May, 2018
Bridge to be closed for cars on four weekends
Szabadság híd will be closed for traffic again for four weekends in the summer to let pedestrians take the entire bridge and picnic there if they wish, deputy mayor Alexandra Szalay-Bobrovniczky said at a press briefing on Wednesday.
23rd May, 2018
More than 19,000 cases of missing minors
More than 19,000 cases of missing minors were registered in Hungary in 2017, 300 more than in the previous year, the Ezer Lámpás Éjszakája Alapítvány (Night of 1,000 Lights Foundation) said on Tuesday on International Missing Children’s Day.
23rd May, 2018
Foreign bus involved in deadly crash
A foreign mini-bus and a truck collided head-on on road No. 4 near Ceglédbercel on Tuesday evening and several people were killed in the accident.
22nd May, 2018
Guardian barred from covering conference
The 21st Century Institute run by Mária Schmidt, head of the House of Terror Museum and one of the owners of the political weekly Figyelo, has rejected UK daily the Guardian’s application for press accreditation for an upcoming conference of the Institute, the news site 444 reported on Monday.
22nd May, 2018
MOL to help lost dogs, owners reunite
Oil and gas company MOL has equipped 50 of its petrol stations with animal chip readers to help lost dogs and their owners reunite.
18th May, 2018
EC expects explanation for alleged passport fraud
The European Commission expects an explanation from Hungarian authorities regarding alleged Hungarian passport fraud cases.
18th May, 2018
Chinese firm offered Hungarian residence permits
A Chinese company whose owner earlier took part in the residency bond programme is promoting a new Hungarian immigration project, website Direkt36 reported.
17th May, 2018
More work permits for foreigners
Last year 25,000 foreigners from non-EU countries received work permits in Hungary, an increase of 10,000 from the previous year, to ease the dire labour shortage in many industries, Magyar Idők reports, citing data from the Immigration Office.
17th May, 2018
Diesel prices to top Ft 400 per litre
MOL raised its wholesale fuel and diesel prices by Ft 7 and Ft 8 per litre from Wednesday and said more hikes are to come on Friday.

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