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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.
16th May, 2018
Soros foundation leaving Budapest
The Open Society Foundations (OSF) formally announced yesterday plans to move international operations and staff from Budapest to Berlin, citing “an increasingly repressive political and legal environment in Hungary”.
16th May, 2018
Forint falls to two-year low
The forint fell to its weakest level against the euro in two years, trading above the 317 level on Tuesday.
15th May, 2018
Wizz Air expanding at Debrecen airport
CEO József Váradi announced yesterday that discount airline Wizz Air will launch seven new flights from Debrecen and will maintain a second Airbus A320 aircraft at its local base from December.
15th May, 2018
Samsonite gets Ft 800bn subsidy
A consortium led by Samsonite Hungária Bőrönd has received Ft 811 million in state support to expand capacity and increase efficiency by integrating SMEs into its operations, the luggage maker announced.
14th May, 2018
Unique fossil remains to go on show
The fossilised remains of the tail of an ancient crocodile, five metres long and 180 million years old, found in Hungary, will soon be put on display at the Museum of Natural Sciences.
14th May, 2018
Ministry to support truck driver training
The Economy Ministry will extend the programme for training new truck drivers, it was announced on Friday.
11th May, 2018
US may terminate visa waiver
The US government has major concerns regarding passport fraud in Hungary and may terminate its visa waiver for Hungarian citizens, investigative news site Direkt36 and US daily the Washington Post said on Thursday.
11th May, 2018
Tourism growth stuns in March
Hungary’s tourism industry continued its robust expansion in March after a record month in February, figures the Central Statistics Office released on Thursday showed.
10th May, 2018
Over Ft 250bn to be spent on stadiums
The government will spend a more than Ft 250 billion on sports stadiums this year and next year combined, HírTV said on Wednesday.
10th May, 2018
Foreign professors stand up against Stop Soros
A total of 77 foreign university professors and academics released a statement on Wednesday to express solidarity with the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and independent Hungarian civil society in relationship with the Stop Soros legislative package that the Parliament is set to pass soon, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee said.
10th May, 2018
March for Life to be held on Sunday
“Come and show how beautiful the world is when colourful” is this year’s slogan for the annual March for Life, which pays tribute to the victims of the Holocaust.
9th May, 2018
Two-Tailed Dog Party starts collection drive
The Two-Tailed Dog Party has turned to the public in an effort to collect the Ft 25 million it must repay into the state budget for its individual candidates who failed to reach the 2% support threshold in the April 8 parliamentary elections.
9th May, 2018
Italian tries to smuggle puppies
Legal proceedings have been launched against an Italian man for torturing animals after he tried to smuggle 19 puppies from Hungary, Zala county police announced on the police’s website on Tuesday.
8th May, 2018
Billions remain on Szép cards
There is still Ft 3 billion left on OTP Széchenyi leisure cards in fringe benefits, accounting for 4% of the total, OTP announced on Monday.
8th May, 2018
Hosszú will be back in June
Three-time Olympic swimming champion Katinka Hosszú will be competing again at the Mare Nostrum swimming competition in June, after a six-month hiatus, she said in an interview with Huawei.
8th May, 2018
Police officer shoots assailant in the leg
A police officer shot an assailant in the leg in Tiszajenő, Jász county, and the 37-year-old man from Szeghalom underwent surgery in the evening, the county’s prosecution general told state news agency MTI on Monday.
4th May, 2018
Kossuth tér to be closed off earlier
News website 444 has obtained a decision made by Parliament’s Headquarters which states that Kossuth tér will be fully closed off to the public already on Monday evening, May 7.
4th May, 2018
Central bank foundations buy tapestries
One of the central bank’s foundations has bought hand-knitted tapestries for a total of Ft 38 million and placed an order for a statue of Pallas Athena at a cost of Ft 63 million, according to documents obtained by investigative reporters at news website Átlátszó. Átlátszó had requested information about the spending of the central bank’s foundations that exceeded Ft 5 million.
3rd May, 2018
Szijjártó slams Austrian aid decision
The Austrian government’s latest decision to reduce family allowances for foreign workers is unfair to Hungarian families, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in a statement sent to state news agency MTI on Wednesday.
3rd May, 2018
Sports complex to be built downtown
Fauna-Duó és Gesztelyi Építőipari és Kereskedelmi won a nearly Ft 5 billion tender to build a sports complex in downtown Budapest, the public procurement gazette Közbeszerzési Értesítő said on Wednesday.
2nd May, 2018
EU to ease rules to cut off funding – FT
The EU plans to simplify the procedure for cutting off financial support for certain members states where it sees that the rule of law is at risk such as Hungary and Poland, several Hungarian papers reported on Monday, citing a Financial Times report.
2nd May, 2018
LOT starts Krakow-Budapest route
Polish national airline LOT launched its first flight from Krakow to Budapest on Saturday.
27th April, 2018
Authorities seize suspect food
Hungarian authorities seized 105 tons and over 7,000 litres of potentially harmful food and beverages as part of an international operation from December to March, it was announced yesterday.
27th April, 2018
Five countries ban Hungarian pork
Serbia and four Asian countries have placed a temporary ban on pork and pork products from Hungary because of the discovery of African swine fever in a wild boar.
27th April, 2018
Theatre artistic director sacked
Artistic director Gábor Miklós Kerényi has been sacked from the Budapest Operetta Theatre, having violated regulations, months after several people accused him of sexual harassment.
26th April, 2018
Media freedom shrinking in Hungary
Hungary dropped two places from 71st to 73rd in the past year in the Press Freedom Index compiled by international journalists organisation Journalists Sans Frontieres (RSF).
26th April, 2018
Big rise in taxi fares ahead
Riding in taxis will become more expensive in Budapest from July as the present Ft 450 basic fee will be raised to Ft 700, under a decision made by city council on Wednesday.
25th April, 2018
EC hopes to reclaim Ft 13bn from Elios contracts
The European Commission is holding talks with Hungarian authorities on how large a fine Hungary will have to pay for serious irregularities in awarding EU-funded public procurement contracts to public lighting company Elios, anonymous sources told Népszava.
25th April, 2018
Bridge and tunnel works could go on for 5 years
The renovation of the Chain Bridge and the Castle Tunnel may drag on for as many as five years under a proposal on the city council agenda to carry out the two projects one after the other, as opposed to earlier plans to perform both tasks at once.
24th April, 2018
Chinese active on property market
Chinese nationals are showing a growing interest in buying residential real estate in Hungary, as half of the potential buyers from outside EU countries came from China, news reports show.
24th April, 2018
Heat record broken in Budapest
A 142-year record was broken in Budapest on Monday as temperatures reached a new peak for that date.
23rd April, 2018
OTP Szép card spending above Ft 8bn
There is Ft 3.3 billion left on OTP Széchenyi leisure cards (Szép cards) in fringe benefits provided by employers during 2016.
23rd April, 2018
Foreigners brutally overcharged
Detectives have arrested the manager and personnel of a downtown nightclub who have overcharged foreign men, forcing them to pay as much as Ft 225,000 for two glasses of pálinka.
20th April, 2018
Hungary losing population fastest in V4
Hungary is losing its population the fastest among the Visegrád Four countries, the Central Statistics Office said in a study published on Thursday.
20th April, 2018
Hefty fine for eating ice cream
A girl has been fined Ft 16,000 on a BKK bus for eating an ice cream and the story has spread on Facebook.
19th April, 2018
GVH fines Apple for users incurring extra costs
The competition authority GVH has fined Apple Ft 100 million because users have incurred extra costs because of one of its services, the GVH announced on Wednesday.
19th April, 2018
Historic metro line might be expanded
The Budapest transport centre BKK has called a tender for a feasibility study to upgrade and expand the historic metro line M1, news website Zoom learned.
19th April, 2018
First child lung transplant performed
The first child lung transplant surgery has been performed successfully in Hungary, doctors of the Semmelweis University and the National Oncology Institute announced in Budapest on Wednesday.
18th April, 2018
Tax Office finds fake invoice “factory”
Tax authority NAV investigators have identified a criminal network that has issued fake invoices to a total value of Ft 3 billion, NAV announced on Tuesday.
18th April, 2018
Police to hold 24-hour speed marathon
Hungarian police have joined the speed marathon initiative of the European traffic police network Tispol, meaning that they will perform a 24-hour speed enforcement operation between 6 a.m. on May 14 and 6 a.m. on May 15 in an effort to prevent accidents due to speeding.
18th April, 2018
Air France cancels some Budapest flights
Due to an ongoing strike, Air France has cancelled several of its Budapest flights on Wednesday, the airport manager Budapest Airport announced on its website on Tuesday.
17th April, 2018
Hungarian movie selected for Cannes Critics Week
Movie director Zsófia Szilágyi’s first feature Egy nap (One Day) has been selected for screening at the Cannes Critics Week, a sidebar event to the Cannes film festival, which is devoted to first and second features.
13th April, 2018
Sale of Magyar Nemzet now less likely
Businessman Lajos Simicska and newly elected LMP MP Péter Ungár will begin negotiations on the sale of Magyar Nemzet on Monday, HVG writes.
13th April, 2018
Running race limits weekend traffic
The 33rd Vivicittá running race that takes place in Budapest on the weekend will limit car and public transport traffic, the Budapest Sports Office announced on Thursday.
13th April, 2018
Budapest heat record broken
The Budapest daily heat record was broken on Thursday, as the temperature was measured at 26.9C in Újpest, the Fourth District, the National Weather Service told state news agency MTI.
12th April, 2018
Former Malév workers win court case
Six years after the national airline Malév went bust in February 2012, its former employees have won their legal battle for unpaid salaries, Napi reports.
12th April, 2018
Bogus parties may cost state Ft 3bn
Bogus parties cost the state Ft 3 billion this year, according to calculations by Transparency International and Political Capital.
11th April, 2018
Lufthansa and Air France cancel flights
Several flights linking Budapest to Paris, Frankfurt and Munich were cancelled on Tuesday, due to strikes by airline personnel.
11th April, 2018
MOL workers ready to demonstrate
Oil industry workers will demonstrate to promote their demands for a non-discriminatory and fair increase in base salaries on April 17.
10th April, 2018
CEU signs to open campus in Vienna
The city of Vienna has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Central European University on establishing a campus there, Austrian news agency APA reports.
10th April, 2018
More guests at Budapest baths
The number of guests visiting Budapest baths increased by some 20% in March, business daily Világgazdaság reports.
9th April, 2018
Euronics opens in Zalaegerszeg
Electronics retailer Euronics has opened a new, 1200m2 store in Zalaegerszeg, its 69th in Hungary, a brownfield investment costing Ft 290 million.
9th April, 2018
79 illegal immigrants in Serbian truck
Police discovered 79 illegal immigrants in a Serbian truck at the Ártánd border station, it was announced on Friday.
6th April, 2018
Gov’t OKs Ft 20.3bn for expressway upgrade
The government has approved Ft 20.3 billion for the upgrade by 2021 of the expressway leading to the Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport, the cabinet said in its official gazette Magyar Közlöny, the website Napi said on Thursday.
6th April, 2018
Man assaults rabbi
Without any warning, a man hit on Thursday a Canadian rabbi, struck the kippah off his head and left in a hurry at a store in the Árkád shopping mall. The rabbi’s wife, daughter and her sibling witnessed the attack.
5th April, 2018
Mobile payment firm updates app
State-owned mobile payment company Nemzeti Mobilfizetési has updated its mobile phone app used for paying motorway charges and car parking fees, the company announced on Wednesday.
5th April, 2018
OTP eyes SocGen’s Bulgarian bank
OTP’s Bulgarian subsidiary DSK is eying peer Societé Generale Expressbank, a unit of Societé Generale, the Bulgarian daily Kapital learned.
5th April, 2018
Lake Balaton’s water level too high
Lake Balaton’s water level reached 133cm at Balatonfenyves, over the target ceiling of 120cm, the town’s mayor Gábor Lombár told radio channel InfoRádió on Wednesday.
4th April, 2018
Budapest Spring Festival opens
The 38th Budapest Spring Festival opened on Tuesday at 40 venues with 150 programmes. The festival will run until April 22.
4th April, 2018
Bruce Willis promotes Hell
Hollywood movie star Bruce Willis will promote Hell, produced by the eponymous Hungarian energy drink maker, the company’s marketing director Péter Pantl told tabloid Blikk.
3rd April, 2018
More than 58,000 may cast vote from abroad
More than 58,000 people have registered to cast their ballot at one of Hungary’s 118 embassies or legations at the April 8 parliamentary elections. That number was 28,161 four years ago.
3rd April, 2018
Dog accessories maker expands
Julius-K9, a dog accessories manufacturer, has started to hire some 200 staff at its new production site in Tiszafüred, Szolnok county, to expand production, the company said.
29th March, 2018
MTelekom to suspend some services temporarily
Magyar Telekom will suspend some of its services for a few hours at several locations throughout the country on March 29 due to electricity network upgrades carried out by the respective local power suppliers, the telecommunication company announced on Wednesday.
29th March, 2018
Blaha Lujza tér to be renovated in 2019
The capital has earmarked Ft 1.8 billion for the renovation of Blaha Lujza tér, a busy transport hub in the Eighth District in Budapest, mayor István Tarlós announced at a press conference on Wednesday.
28th March, 2018
IKEA slashes home delivery prices
IKEA will cut in half its home delivery prices for customers living more than 50km from Budapest from April 1, the furniture and home decoration chain announced on Tuesday.
28th March, 2018
Hungary gets first 2-star restaurant
Onyx in Budapest has become the first restaurant in Hungary to receive two Michelin starts, it was announced yesterday.

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