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15th November, 2019
Totalcar launches car repair database
Totalcar has launched a publicly accessible database on the repair history of used cars, which is maintained by input from insurance companies and official car maintenance shops, the car industry website announced on Thursday.
15th November, 2019
Government to tax land speculation
The government is aiming to stop speculation on land reclassification by levying a 90% tax on the extra value obtained by speculators, Index has learned.
15th November, 2019
Grand opening for Puskás Aréna
The newly renovated Puskás Aréna, the former Népstadion, will be ceremonially opened to the public tonight ahead of a friendly football match between Hungary and Uruguay.
14th November, 2019
Investors losing interest in property market
Hungary’s property market is on track for a strong year in 2019, despite weaker growth in the spring and summer months, according to the monthly barometer of real estate brokerage Duna House.
14th November, 2019
Police announce huge heroin haul
Police have confiscated 69.1 kilograms of heroin in Budapest, one of the largest drug seizures in Hungary’s history.
13th November, 2019
Health officials deny banning new hires
The government has banned new hires at hospitals from November 6, Népszava reports, citing a letter sent to hospital directors.
13th November, 2019
District website hacked
The Seventh District website was hacked twice yesterday and obscenities were posted about the new mayor, Péter Niedermüller of the Democratic Coalition.
12th November, 2019
Banks freeze 500,000 accounts
Banks have frozen the accounts of half a million clients, after the deadline for identification of account holders expired on October 31, the Bank Association announced on Monday.
12th November, 2019
Hungary joins Diplomatic Fair
The ninth annual Diplomatic Fair will be held on November 24 in Budapest’s Hotel InterContinental, where, for the first time, there will be a Hungarian stand.
12th November, 2019
More volunteers join Tisza clean-up
More and more volunteers are taking part in the PET Cup, a litter-collection drive in the flood area of the Tisza, as more companies make use of the activity as a team-building exercise.
11th November, 2019
West End mall set for renovation
West End Magyarország, owner of the West End shopping mall, plans to spend millions of euros on renovating the facility in central Budapest.
8th November, 2019
Erdogan visit snarls Buda traffic
The visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the Gül Baba tomb yesterday evening paralysed traffic in central Buda and left hundreds of people stranded for an hour, while roads were sealed off for his motorcade, according to reports.
8th November, 2019
Turkey donates Ft 10mn to kindergarten
The wife of Turkish President Erdogan gave more than Ft 10 million to a kindergarten in Kispest, Budapest’s 19th District, on Thursday, local Socialist mayor Péter Gajda announced in a Facebook post.
8th November, 2019
Police reject Eurostat murder data
Police statistics on murders in Hungary disagree with those of Eurostat, the National Police said yesterday.
7th November, 2019
MTelekom educating pensioners
Magyar Telekom is launching digital competence courses for pensioners, the company announced on Wednesday.
7th November, 2019
Takarékbank hit by online banking problems
Takarékbank’s online banking services collapsed yesterday following work to integrate the systems of 13 banks that were merged into the group.
7th November, 2019
Spring Festival line-up announced
The Hungarian premiere of György Kurtág’s opera Fin de partie will be one of the highlights of the 2020 Budapest Spring Festival, it was announced yesterday.
6th November, 2019
Spar spends Ft 1.8bn on renovations
Supermarket chain Spar has invested Ft 1.8 billion in upgrading four outlets in Budapest, Cegléd, Makó and Salgótarján.
6th November, 2019
No new construction in City Park
Budapest city council yesterday approved with a 17-2 vote a resolution declaring that no more construction work can begin in the City Park.
5th November, 2019
OLAF investigates foundation
The EU anti-fraud office OLAF has launched an investigation into a Ft 450 million subsidy won by the Third Millennium Innovation Foundation, 444 reports, citing an official letter.
5th November, 2019
Miskolc desperate for bus drivers
Several bus services in Miskolc have been terminated or are running on reduced schedules because the city has a shortage of bus drivers.
4th November, 2019
Chinese university in Buda Castle
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met with a delegation from China’s Fudan University, which is establishing a campus in Hungary, at his office on Thursday morning.
4th November, 2019
Chinese buying Budapest property
Foreigners account for 12% of turnover on the Budapest real estate market, and as much as 25% in some districts, according to a report by OTP Ingatlanpont.
4th November, 2019
Soros reluctant to return to Hungary
George Soros has said it is unlikely that he will return to his homeland so long as Viktor Orbán is in power, in an interview granted to Britain’s Guardian newspaper.
31st October, 2019
Fake car components discovered
Customs guards have found nearly 40,000 fake car components in a truck on the M43 motorway, the tax and customs office NAV announced on Wednesday.
31st October, 2019
50 deaths in road accidents this month
Fifty people have been killed in accidents on Hungarian roads so far in October, the National Police announced on Wednesday.
31st October, 2019
Old Ft 500 bank notes expiring
Old Ft 500 bank notes will cease to be legal tender after October 31, the MNB warned on Wednesday.
30th October, 2019
Government to expand health tax
The government is planning to expand the tax on foods considered unhealthy to products containing sweeteners from January 1, Népszava has learned.
30th October, 2019
Pilot training centre planned for Hévíz
Norway’s Pilot Fight Academy yesterday signed a letter of intent with the Innovation and Technology Ministry in Hévíz on establishing a pilot training centre at the airport of the resort town.
30th October, 2019
Massive oil spill flows down Danube
A massive oil spill flowed down the Budapest section of the Danube at around 7.30 a.m. Tuesday morning, Index reports.
29th October, 2019
Kövér restricts journalists
Two international NGOs – the International Press Institute and the European human rights organisation Article 19 – have alerted the Council of Europe to new restrictions imposed on Hungarian journalists in their work in Parliament.
29th October, 2019
Major Flemish painting exhibit opens tomorrow
A major art exhibition entitled “Rubens, Van Dyck and the Golden Age of Flemish Painting” is set to open at the Szépművészeti Múzeum on Wednesday.
29th October, 2019
Sigyn captain released from custody
Prosecutors have appealed against a Friday court ruling to terminate the arrest of the Ukrainian captain of the Viking Cruises hotel ship Sigyn and place him under supervision.
28th October, 2019
Drivers to pay 15% more for insurance
Insurance brokers expect an average 15% increase in compulsory vehicle insurance fees (Casco), according to spokesman Lajos Papp of the Independent Insurance Brokers Association.
28th October, 2019
Hungary and US rebuilding Iraqi town
Iraq’s biggest Christian town, Karakos, is being rebuilt in Hungarian-American co-operation, in accordance with the Hungarian government’s policy that humanitarian aid should be taken where the trouble is rather than bringing the trouble to Europe, the Prime Minister’s Office announced on the weekend.
28th October, 2019
Hungary withdraws from Eurovision
Hungary will not take part in next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, state media manager MTVA has announced.
25th October, 2019
Magyar Posta to sell MÁP+ bond
Magyar Posta is going to sell the attractive retail bond MÁP+, according to the leaflet available at state bond information website Állampapír.
25th October, 2019
NAV to waive half of uncontested fines
NAV is cancelling half of its penalty for unpaid taxes if the amounts due are paid without dispute, the tax authority announced on Thursday.
25th October, 2019
Chain Bridge closed tomorrow
The Chain Bridge will be closed to motor vehicle traffic on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., due to a preliminary inspection required for the renovation of the bridge. Pedestrian traffic will not be restricted.
24th October, 2019
Forty Újpest city hall workers quit
The opposition is facing serious problems in some local authorities following surprising victories at the elections on October 13, website 24 reports.
24th October, 2019
Google is Hungary’s favourite brand
Google tops the list of brands most favoured by Hungarian consumers, according to a representative survey by advertising agency VMLY&R.
24th October, 2019
OTP bigger than European rivals
OTP Bank shares ended trading on the Budapest Stock Exchange on Tuesday at a record high of Ft 13,540, an increase of 1.3%, on strong volume.
22nd October, 2019
Taxi drivers plan protest against Bolt
Taxi drivers are planning to stage a demonstration if ride-sharing company Bolt continues carrying passengers, head of the European Taxi Drivers Association István Csertek said on Monday.
22nd October, 2019
Roman coins found in Baranya
A volunteer with a metal detector recently stumbled upon some 2,000 Roman-era coins in the southern part of Baranya county.
21st October, 2019
LOT to increase flights to New York
LOT Polish Airlines announced on Friday that it will increase flight frequency between Budapest and New York from May.
21st October, 2019
Promotion campaign lifts rail ticket sales
MÁV-Start has more than 210,000 registered users of its mobile app, which now accounts for 28% of online ticket sales, the state-owned railway company announced.
21st October, 2019
Karácsony plans public party
The opposition parties, which have often staged anti-government rallies on October 23, will this year take advantage of the holiday to celebrate their successes in the local elections.
18th October, 2019
MÁV to sell Lake Balaton resorts
The state railway company MÁV is selling its Lake Balaton resorts, according to online auction lists of the state asset manager MNV.
18th October, 2019
60 people died in a month in road accidents
Sixty people died in road accidents in the past month, a fatal accident rate not experienced in decades, National Police transportation director József Óberling told state television station M1 on Thursday.
18th October, 2019
National Gallop this weekend
The 12th National Gallop will be held on Saturday and Sunday on Heroes Square, the Budapest Transport Centre told state news agency MTI on Thursday.
16th October, 2019
Poet’s postcard auctioned for Ft 1 million
A postcard written by early 20th century poet Endre Ady to his younger brother Lajos was auctioned off on Tuesday for Ft 1 million.
16th October, 2019
Deadly train accident
A passenger car collided with a train on the outskirts of Nagymaros, Pest county, at a railway crossing on Tuesday. The driver of the car died instantly, Pest county police announced.
11th October, 2019
EC sues Hungary over cigarette tax
The European Commission has turned to the Court of Justice because the excise tax on cigarettes in Hungary is below the minimum required by the EU, the European authority announced on its website on Thursday.
11th October, 2019
Government promises Wi-Fi in every classroom
The government will establish Wi-Fi connections in all of the 3,500 elementary and high school classrooms, Innovation and Technology Ministry undersecretary Károly Solymár announced in Dunaújváros on Thursday.
11th October, 2019
X-Men TV music may have been plagiarised
Hungarian director Zoltán Kriskó is suing several American media giants, alleging that the theme music for the 1990s X-Men TV series was stolen from the music written for Hungary’s “Linda” TV series, broadcast in 1983.
10th October, 2019
50,000 Hungarians hope to stay in UK
The number of foreign EU citizens applying for long-term residence permits in Great Britain has reached two million, according to data released by the British Home Office on Wednesday.
10th October, 2019
Train station to host transport museum
The 130-year-old Kelenföld train station will be converted into a transport museum at the request of the local council, Prime Minister’s Office leader Gergely Gulyás announced outside the station on Tuesday.
10th October, 2019
Gas explosion destroys homes
A gas blast in an apartment building in Szekszárd, southern Hungary on Wednesday damaged up to 30 flats, Népszava reports.
9th October, 2019
EU Court: journalists may not be barred from camps
The Hungarian state violated the rights of a journalist by denying him entry to refugee camps in 2015, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday.
9th October, 2019
Johansson denies praising Tarlós
US actress Scarlett Johansson has denied praising Budapest mayor István Tarlós.
9th October, 2019
Four hotels among best in region
Four Hungarian hotels have been voted among the top 20 in Central Europe by readers of Condé Nast Traveller magazine.
8th October, 2019
Tarlós promises air conditioning on M3
Air-conditioning units will be installed in M3 metro carriages next year, as about Ft 36 billion has been recovered from the Alstom contracts related to construction of the fourth mero line, mayor István Tarlós told M1 TV channel Monday morning.
8th October, 2019
Hungary tops EU home price rise list
Home prices in Hungary were up by 14% year-on-year in the second quarter, the fastest increase in the EU, according to Eurostat data.
8th October, 2019
ÁKK bans use of MÁP+ as collateral
State debt manager ÁKK has changed the rules on selling the retail bond MÁP+, banning its use as collateral for bank loans, it was announced on Monday.
7th October, 2019
Suzuki blocks union from factory
Suzuki prevented representatives of the Vasas union from entering the area of the Japanese carmaker’s factory in Esztergom on Thursday, Népszava reports.
7th October, 2019
Netflix learns Hungarian
The Hungarian-language version of movie streaming channel Netflix started on Friday.
7th October, 2019
Biggest private art gallery opens
Hungary’s biggest private museum, the Godot Contemporary Art Institute, opened on Friday, with works by more than 100 young artists on display and for sale at the opening exhibition.
4th October, 2019
New trolleybuses to enter service
New Solaris-Skoda trolleybuses will enter into service in Budapest this week, the Budapest Transport Centre has announced.
4th October, 2019
Viber to launch instant money transfer
Rakuten Viber has teamed up with credit-card company Mastercard to launch instant money transfers.
4th October, 2019
Renovated downtown square opened
Fifth District Fidesz mayor Péter Szentgyörgy¬völgyi on Thursday dedicated the renovated Podmaniczky Frigyes tér.
3rd October, 2019
MNB may ban banks from selling gov’t bonds
Magyar Posta and the state treasury should be granted exclusive rights to sell retail government bonds in the future, depriving banks of this business, MNB deputy governor Márton Nagy has proposed.
3rd October, 2019
Arad martyr’s farewell letter published
A previously unknown farewell letter written by Gen. Ernő Kiss, one of the 13 Arad martyrs was presented to the media at the National Archives in Budapest on Wednesday.
3rd October, 2019
New Kosher energy drink products
Hungarian-based Kosher Energy Drink announced the launch of beverages under the name Moses with a flavour combination of pistachio and tutti-frutti.
2nd October, 2019
Visa sees growth potential in Hungary
Hungary is a perfect market for growth for Visa, CEO Charlotte Hogg of the credit card company’s European operations told Portfolio in an interview.
2nd October, 2019
Millennium House opens on October 26
The former Műcsarnok art gallery will reopen as the Millennium House following renovations on October 26, Magyar Nemzet reports.
2nd October, 2019
Emergency surgeons suspend threat to resign
Emergency surgeons at Budapest’s Péterfy Hospital and Manninger Jenő Emergency Institute have desisted from carrying out their threat to resign en masse on October 1, after receiving assurances from Human Resources Minister Miklós Kásler and undersecretary Zoltán Csiki.
1st October, 2019
Rat seen in hospital corridor
Opposition mayoral candidate Zsolt Zákány posted online a photograph of a rat in a corridor of the Berettyóújfalu hospital yesterday.
27th September, 2019
Russian wins asylum in precedent-setting ruling
A court in Pécs has granted a residence permit to Alekszij Torubarov, a member of the Russian opposition.
27th September, 2019
New right-wing media site debuts
A new news aggregator site featuring only websites of the Fidesz-friendly Mediaworks press has been launched under the name Hírvilág, Media1 reports.
26th September, 2019
New facility for low-cost airlines
Budapest Airport has started construction of a new terminal for low-cost airlines and will demolish the existing temporary structures servicing these airlines, the airport manager said as it confirmed a Magyar Nemzet report.
26th September, 2019
US senators demand answers from Cornstein
Ten US senators, including presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, and one member of Congress have expressed concern due to the relocation of the International Investment Bank from Moscow to Budapest and the state of media freedom in Hungary in a letter to US ambassador David Cornstein.
26th September, 2019
Not all Fidesz voters like stadiums
More than half of Budapest citizens think that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s interests are the most important consideration for mayor István Tarlós, according to a survey carried out by Závecz Research, commissioned by Népszava.
25th September, 2019
BKV union demands 15% pay rise
The unified transport union EKSZ is initiating wage talks at Budapest public transport company BKV, union leader Gábor Naszályi told Inforádió on Tuesday.
25th September, 2019
Many more work permits for foreigners
Authorities issued 49,699 work permits to foreigners from January 1 to the end of August, more than half of them to Ukrainians, Privátbankár reports.
25th September, 2019
Doctors did not boo state secretaries
Doctors did not boo state secretaries offstage at a Saturday forum, contrary to some reports, Chamber of Doctors president István Éger told website 24.
24th September, 2019
Town paper photoshops opposition
Bácskai Napló, the official paper of the Baja town council, has published heavily photoshopped portraits of opposition candidates in the upcoming local elections, showing them with big noses, brown skin and distorted eyes.
24th September, 2019
Protest against waste depot stench
Balatonfűzfő residents blocked the main traffic hub in nearby Veszprém on Monday in protest against the foul-smelling dump run by state waste manager Észak-Balatoni Hulladékgaz¬dálkodási in their town.
24th September, 2019
Nyugati station roof to be restored
State railway company MÁV has invited bids for the restoration of the roof and the metal-glass structure of the Nyugati train station in Budapest.
23rd September, 2019
Karácsony copes with harassment
Activists in an unmarked boat drowned out a campaign speech by Budapest mayoral candidate Gergely Karácsony on Sunday.
23rd September, 2019
LOT launches flight to Seoul
Polish airline LOT launched its Budapest-Seoul flights on Sunday, CEO Rafal Milczarski announced at a press conference.
23rd September, 2019
Noted director Sára passes away
Award-winning film director and cameraman Sándor Sára died on Sunday at age 84.
20th September, 2019
New Budapest homes reach Ft 900,000 per m2
The average price of newly built homes in Budapest reached Ft 900,000/m2 in the second quarter, the Budapest Housing Report calculated based on a database of 24,000 homes in large housing projects in the capital.
20th September, 2019
MÁV cancels trains over lack of drivers
The state passenger railway company MÁV cancelled four suburban commuter trains Wednesday due to a lack of drivers, the mass transit advocacy group KTE reported on Thursday.
20th September, 2019
Actress, film nominated for Emmy
Hungarian actress Marina Gera has been nominated for the International Emmy Award for her part in the film Örök tél (Eternal Winter), while Péter Bergendy’s film Trezor (Safe) received a nomination in the Best TV Film and Mini-series category, Szupermoden Filmstudió told state news agency MTI on Thursday.
19th September, 2019
Compensation awarded to segregated Roma pupils
The Debrecen Court of Appeals has ordered financial reparations to be paid to Roma children for their segregation and poor-quality education at a school in Gyöngyöspata, Heves county. The sums must be paid to the families within 15 days.
19th September, 2019
4,500 vacant positions in education
As many as 4,543 positions remained vacant in the education sector in the second half of 2019, website 24 learned from the Central Statistics Office on Wednesday.
19th September, 2019
Bicycle road to connect Győr - Lake Balaton
A Ft 1 billion bicycle road will be built connecting Győr and Lake Balaton, commissioner for an active Hungary Máriusz Révész announced in Gyulafirátót on Wednesday.
18th September, 2019
Forint weakens to new historic low
The forint weakened to over Ft 334 per euro on Tuesday, hitting a new historic low.
18th September, 2019
Stench returns to Budaörs
An unpleasant odour of fertiliser has once again covered the Budapest suburb of Budaörs, independent mayor Tamás Wittinghoff wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday.
18th September, 2019
Days of cultural heritage this weekend
Days of cultural heritage will be observed on the weekend of September 21 and 22, when institutions that are closed to the general public all year long will open their doors.

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