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5th March, 2021
Greater restrictions as epidemic intensifies
Prime Minister’s Office leader Gergely Gulyás yesterday announced a major shutdown of schools, shops, services, and, where possible, workplaces, in response to the rising third wave of the coronavirus epidemic.
5th March, 2021
Smoke grenade in MPs’ offices
A smoke grenade went off in the hands of a Jobbik advisor in the MPs’ office building on Wednesday evening in a room used by the Jobbik caucus, Parliament’s press chief Zoltán Szilágyi announced.
4th March, 2021
Business travel permitted from Asian countries
Four more countries have been added to the list of those from which business travellers arriving in Hungary will be exempt from ten-day official home quarantine, Telex reports.
4th March, 2021
Infection rate rising rapidly
Infection indices are rising dramatically, national chief medical officer Cecília Müller told a press conference on Wednesday.
3rd March, 2021
Business travel restricted
The cabinet has narrowed the list of countries from which persons travelling on business can enter Hungary without restrictions or quarantine requirements.
3rd March, 2021
Fekete-Győr reports casino for lockdown violations
Momentum president András Fekete-Győr is reporting Budapest’s Las Vegas Casino for violation of epidemiological regulations, based on an article by Telex.
3rd March, 2021
MNB unit buys paintings for Ft 558mn
MNB Ingatlan has purchased three paintings by Simon Hantai and four by Judit Reigl from private collector Kálmán Ferenc Maklári for a total of Ft 588 million, the property managing subsidiary of the MNB announced on the EU public procurement website.
2nd March, 2021
Vaccination certificate won’t specify vaccine type
The vaccination certificate to be issued by the government will not state which type of vaccine Hungarians have been vaccinated with, Telex reports.
2nd March, 2021
Entire intensive ward staff resigns
All 17 professional nurses and three doctors at the intensive care unit of Budapest’s Szent Imre Hospital resigned on Monday.
1st March, 2021
Expert advises two-week shutdown
As the epidemic is getting worse, the government should consider temporarily closing shopping malls and schools, the National Health Centre’s head of epidemiology Ágnes Galgóczi said on HírTV on Friday.
1st March, 2021
GPs to be paid for weekend inoculations
Family doctors who have been obliged to perform epidemiological tasks during their off hours or on holidays, will be paid extra fees, the cabinet announced on Saturday.
1st March, 2021
Construction of M6 to Croatia starts
Construction of the missing 20km section of the M6 motorway between Bóly and the Croatan border starts at the end of March, deputy Innovation and Technology Minister Tamás Schanda announced at the site.
26th February, 2021
QPR to convert Ballet Institute to 5-star hotel
QPR Properties is working with Marriott to redevelop the Drechsler Palace, which will be fully converted to a five-star hotel by 2022, Portfolio reports.
26th February, 2021
Woman stabbed for supporting SZFE rebels
A woman was cut in the face Thursday morning on a bus, in all probability because she was wearing a FreeSZFE face mask as a sign of solidarity with students and instructors who have protested against the transfer of control of the theatre and film arts university SZFE to a foundation.
25th February, 2021
District bypasses rules in property case
The Fifth District Fidesz-run local council plans to sell or has sold properties without giving the city of Budapest the opportunity to exercise its pre-emptive right to buy the properties, according to a February 22 letter written by mayor Gergely Karácsony and obtained by Telex.
25th February, 2021
Third track laid on south Budapest railway bridge
Construction of the third track across the south Budapest railway bridge over the Danube has been completed, the state infrastructure developer NIF announced on Wednesday.
25th February, 2021
Hell to distribute DeLa Vie, Fizzy drinks
Hell Energy Magyarország will distribute DeLa Vie and Fizzy vitamin-enriched soft drinks produced by Swiss Laboratory, the Hungarian energy drink maker announced on Wednesday.
24th February, 2021
EU tells Hungary to ease border controls
Hungary and five other member states have received a letter from the European Commission ordering them to ease border restrictions introduced to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
24th February, 2021
Drogerie Markt launches product-scanning app
Drogerie Markt has introduced its product-scanning app for mobile phones in Hungary, the subsidiary of German household chemicals and health product retail chain announced.
23rd February, 2021
Food industry will be main beneficiary of EU funds
Hungary’s domestic food industry will undergo unprecedented developments in the coming years, Agriculture Ministry state secretary Norbert Erdős told Magyar Nemzet.
23rd February, 2021
Epidemic hits kindergartens and schools
The number of schools that have had to take action due to the epidemic has more than doubled in the past two weeks, 444 reports.
23rd February, 2021
Budapest baths can open in March
Budapest baths can reopen on March 16, after city-owned spa operator Budapest Gyógy¬fürdői és Hévízei had its more than 200 staff members vaccinated on February 19.
22nd February, 2021
LMP initiates closure of casinos
The LMP party will submit an amendment motion to Parliament to order casinos to close during the pandemic, Péter Ungár, secretary of the party’s executive committee, announced at an online press conference on Sunday.
22nd February, 2021
Gov’t earmarks Ft 150bn for Tokaj region
The government is allocating Ft 150 billion for developments in the Tokaj-Zemplén region in north-eastern Hungary until 2024, Finance Minister Mihály Varga said in a post on Facebook on Friday.
22nd February, 2021
Bonuses raised for Paralympians
State bonuses for Hungarian Paralympic medal winners, second and third placed athletes are to be considerably raised, Hungarian Paralympic Committee president László Szabó announced on Sunday.
19th February, 2021
GPs asked to vaccinate on weekends
The government office for Budapest is asking GPs whether they are willing to give vaccinations at weekends, Telex reports.
19th February, 2021
Fejér-BÁL ordered to remove illegally built road
The Érd County Office has found Fejér-BÁL, a company owned by the children of Lőrinc Mészáros, and ground work and transport firm Kontimer guilty of illegally building a road from construction material waste on land owned by others in a Nature 2000 protected area.
19th February, 2021
Tesco covers all Hungary with home delivery boxes
The home delivery service of Tesco boxes now covers all of Hungary, the retail chain announced on Thursday.
18th February, 2021
Mistrust of vaccines resurfaces
Public willingness to receive inoculations against the coronavirus dropped unexpectedly in February, according to the weekly survey conducted by the Central Statistics Office every week since the end of November.
18th February, 2021
Vajda Papír starts production of masks
Vajda Papír has launched the mass production of medical masks, with the capacity to produce one million units a day, making Hungary self-sufficient in virus protecting masks, Finance Minister Mihály Varga announced on Wednesday.
18th February, 2021
GKI: two million living in poverty
Even at the peak of economic growth in the last decade, more than two million people live below the poverty line of a net monthly income of Ft 101,000, economics consultancy GKI said on Wednesday.
17th February, 2021
Klubrádió may be back on air
LBK Médiaszolgáltató 2020 has withdrawn its challenge to its exclusion from the bidding for the 92.9FM frequency in Budapest, paving the way for broadcast authorities to again award the frequency rights to Klubrádió.
17th February, 2021
Stowaways arrive at Audi plant
Three Afghan citizens emerged from a truck at the Audi factory in Győr on Monday afternoon, local website Kisalföld reports with a short video of the incident.
16th February, 2021
Mall retail tenants plead for help
A wave of bankruptcies is coming to retail outlets in shopping malls, spokesman Norbert Csordás of the shopping centre retail tenants’ association BBÉE told Napi.
16th February, 2021
Klubrádió continues online
HVG witnessed Klubrádió’s switch to online broadcasting as its licence expired at midnight Sunday.
16th February, 2021
MOL drilling in protected area sparks protest
Nearly 2,000 people have signed the petition protesting against plans by MOL to drill for oil near Őriszentpéter, a town in Vas county, in a Natura 2000 protected area.
15th February, 2021
Mayor asks businesses to pay full tax
Budapest mayor Gergely Karácsony has sent a letter to entrepreneurs in Budapest asking them to consider not taking advantage of the 50% waiver when paying local business tax.
15th February, 2021
Hungary bidding for EV carmaker’s investment
Hungary is being considered by US-based electric vehicle maker Rivian as a possible site for its European production facility, according to Bloomberg news agency.
12th February, 2021
Coca-Cola to test paper bottles here
Coca-Cola will start European testing of its new paper bottles in Hungary in the second quarter of this year, the global soft drink maker announced on Thursday.
12th February, 2021
Hernádi buys Qatari sheikh’s stake in Kopaszi Gát
MOL chairman and CEO Zsolt Hernádi has purchased the 26% stake in Kopaszi Gát – the property development project in the 11th District on the Danube riverside close to the future MOL tower – from Sheikh Hamad Bin-Jassim Bin-Jaber Al Thani, a former prime minister of Qatar, Telex reports.
11th February, 2021
PMO severs contract with Gundel
The Gundel restaurant, which operated the cafeteria in the prime minister’s offices in Buda Castle, terminated its five-year catering contract signed in 2019, by mutual agreement in December, Népszava reports.
11th February, 2021
Kelenföld station renewal receives priority
The government has declared the renewal of Kelenföld train station in the 11th District to be of national economic importance, it was announced in the official gazette Magyar Közlöny.
10th February, 2021
Fintech ZEN comes to Hungary
ZEN has launched its digital financial services in 31 countries, including Hungary, the fintech company announced on Monday.
10th February, 2021
Miskolc eases mask regulation
It is no longer compulsory to wear a mask outdoors in Miskolc from Tuesday, mayor Pál Veres announced.
10th February, 2021
Fidesz mayor asks Parragh to cancel chamber fee
Fidesz mayor of Székesfehérvár András Cser-Palkovics asked Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry president László Parragh to cancel the compulsory membership fee for businesses that face extreme hardship, in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
9th February, 2021
City announces reopening aid for catering sector
The city of Budapest yesterday announced a series of measures to boost the catering sector once lockdown restrictions are eased.
9th February, 2021
Rise in car insurance rates exceeds inflation
The average annual compulsory vehicle insurance premiums were Ft 45,000 nationwide and Ft 63,000 in Budapest, increases of 9% and 15%, respectively, according to the MNB’s annualised index presented on Monday.
8th February, 2021
Klubrádió’s injunction request denied
A Budapest court rejected Klubrádió’s application for immediate legal protection in the frequency extension lawsuit on Thursday.
8th February, 2021
Hot air balloon planned for City Park
According to a tender announced last summer, a facility for a helium-powered hot air balloon for 25 people will be built in the City Park, website Városliget reported.
2nd February, 2021
Hungexpo revenues down 75%
Hungexpo realised a profit of about Ft 160 million on revenues of Ft 2.7-2.8 billion last year, CEO Gábor Ganczer of the Budapest based exhibition and fair organiser estimated at an online press conference on Monday.
2nd February, 2021
Police catch drug dealers in the act
Police moved in as 81 kilograms of marijuana changed hands in a major drug deal in a 13th District underground garage last Friday.
1st February, 2021
Hungary buying 5mn vaccines from China
Hungary is buying five million vaccines against the coronavirus, which will make it possible to inoculate 2.5 million people, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó announced on his Facebook page on Friday.
1st February, 2021
SK Innovation plans third Hungarian factory
The board of directors of South Korean company SK Innovation decided on Thursday to build a new EV battery factory in Iváncsa, a village in Fejér county, Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Péter Szijjártó announced on Friday.
29th January, 2021
Restrictions extended to March 1
The cabinet has decided to extend the evening curfew and other epidemiological restrictions until March 1, Prime Minister’s Office leader Gergely Gulyás announced yesterday.
29th January, 2021
Wizz Air reports €116mn loss in Q4
Wizz Air suffered a €116 million net loss in the fourth quarter of 2020, after a €21 million profit one year earlier, the low-cost airline announced on Thursday.
29th January, 2021
IKEA ups revenues, plans to invest
Despite the difficult market environment caused by the coronavirus epidemic, IKEA revenues expanded by 8.5% year-on-year to Ft 98 billion, the subsidiary of the Swedish furniture and home design chain announced on Thursday.
28th January, 2021
Restaurateurs in hopeless position
Many restaurants may be forced to close permanently if they are not permitted to reopen soon, one of the country’s top restaurateurs has warned.
28th January, 2021
Demand for gold surges at BÁV
Pawnbrokers BÁV reported a massive 71% growth in demand for gold last year, to Ft 1.3 billion, the company said on Wednesday.
28th January, 2021
BKV inspectors to have body cameras
Ticket inspectors on Budapest public transport will wear body cameras to record assaults on their person, it was announced on Wednesday.
27th January, 2021
Fewer foreign workers last year
The number of foreign workers in Hungary fell by 6% from 50,258 in the first nine months of 2019 to 47,610 in the same period in 2020, investigative news website G7 calculates.
27th January, 2021
MOL opens 14 e-car charging stations
MOL has opened 14 new electric car charging stations, the energy company announced on Tuesday.
26th January, 2021
Ex-Index editor joins Telex
Szabolcs Dull, who left his job as chief editor of Index six months ago, due to fears of political influence, is joining the Telex website.
26th January, 2021
Andrássy út palace to be renovated
AEW investment fund will start the renovation of the prestigious Krausz Palace at Andrássy út 12 in the summer, after obtaining heritage protection permits.
26th January, 2021
New operator at Gundel restaurant
The Eventrend Group has taken over the operation of prestigious Hungarian restaurant Gundel and the medium category Bagolyvár next to it, on the edge of the City Park from Danubius Hotels, the companies announced on Monday.
25th January, 2021
Substandard service at Wizz Air
The Budapest Government Office has fined Wizz Air Ft 10 million because the customer service office of the low-cost airline failed to meet standards, air and hotel industry blog Szálloda reports.
25th January, 2021
Police close bar as crowd gathers on square
Police have ordered the Központ pub on Madách tér in the Seventh District to close for 60 days, because the bar served alcohol to people queuing and more than 100 guests gathered outside the pub to consume the products sold inside.
22nd January, 2021
Debrecen students approve change of model
The student council of the University of Debrecen has voted in favour of the conversion of the institution into a school run by a private foundation.
22nd January, 2021
Wizz Air cancels three West Balkan destinations
Low-cost airline Wizz Air has cancelled flights between Budapest and Tirana, Pristina and Sarajevo, Forbes reports.
22nd January, 2021
MNB buys Vera Molnar paintings
MNB Ingatlan, the property manager subsidi-ary of the central bank, has purchased 14 paintings by contemporary artist Vera Molnar for a total of Ft 108 million, it was announced on the EU public procurement website on Wednesday.
21st January, 2021
Analysts see stagnation on housing market
Real estate market insiders do not expect prices to climb further on the housing market as a result of the government’s massive subsidy program for home purchases and renovations.
21st January, 2021
Nearly 2mn registered for vaccine
As many as 1,755,000 people have registered for coronavirus vaccination, PMO state secretary Csaba Dömötör said on Wednesday.
20th January, 2021
Hotels and restaurants could stay closed until May
Hotels and restaurants might remain closed at least until May, according to Tamás Flesch, president of the Hotels and Restaurants Association.
20th January, 2021
Erste sells office building to real estate fund
M7 Real Estate has bought an office building in Budapest’s Váci út corridor from Erste Real Estate Fund for €12.4 million, Portfolio writes.
19th January, 2021
Aldi Magyarország ups wages 4-8%
The subsidiary of the German discount retail chain Aldi has increased staff wages by 4-8% from January 1, Napi reports.
19th January, 2021
Katolikus Rádió wins frequencies
Katolikus Rádió won three frequency tenders last week and will start broadcasts in Tihany, Győr and Mosonmagyaróvár in May, deputy CEO András Radetzky said on Monday.
19th January, 2021
EU finances fire station in Kecskemét
With the help of a Ft 5.4 billion EU subsidy, a new 5,300m2 building will be erected in Kecskemét to host the local fire brigades and offices of the catastrophe management authority OKF, deputy spokesman of the state body Imre Dóka said on Monday.
18th January, 2021
Tourism falls off the cliff in November
The number of guest nights at commercial accommodations was down 85% year-on-year to 313,000 in November, the Central Statistics Office announced on Friday.
18th January, 2021
Keleti station to be modernised
The 137-year-old Keleti train station, which receives almost 11 million people a year, will be reconstructed due to a successful public procurement procedure, state railway company MÁV announced on Friday.
15th January, 2021
Bosch agrees on 8% wage hike
The three Hungarian subsidiaries of car parts manufacturer Bosch have agreed with unions on an about 8% wage increase, Napi learned on Thursday.
15th January, 2021
District sues Bayer over apartment
The First District is filing a lawsuit against Fidesz publicist Zsolt Bayer for fraudulently obtaining council housing, mayor Márta Naszályi announced.
14th January, 2021
Traffic shrinks for HungaroControl
The number of flights directed by air traffic controller HungaroControl fell by nearly 60% in 2020, the company which oversees the skies over Hungary and Kosovo announced on Wednesday.
14th January, 2021
Covid-19 mutation reaches Hungary
The British strain of the coronavirus has been discovered in three people in Hungary, national chief medical officer Cecília Müller announced on Wednesday.
14th January, 2021
Ft 3bn to renovate Gyula spa
The government will spend Ft 2.9 billion to expand the capacity and upgrade the services of the Gyulai Várfürdő, CEO of the bathing facility Miklós Kun told journalists on Wednesday.
13th January, 2021
Nébih says Spar abused food suppliers
Spar Magyarország is guilty of unfair behaviour towards its food suppliers, causing them Ft 75 billion in damage, the food safety authority Nébih found as it fined the subsidiary of the Dutch retail chain Ft 80 million on Tuesday.
13th January, 2021
Bicycles more popular last year
The Budapest Transport Centre’s five bicycle counters measured 15% more traffic in 2020 than in 2019, according to the Hungarian Cycling Club.
12th January, 2021
Eight charged in passport fraud scam
Prosecutors have charged eight people suspected of fraudulently obtaining Hungarian passports for 76 foreigners by bribing two passport office clerks.
12th January, 2021
Drastic drop in language exams
Some 77,000 people took foreign-language exams in 2020, a sharp drop from the 124,000 in 2019, according to data from the Bureau of Education.
11th January, 2021
Bodies stacked in Szentendre morgue
The dead were stored in open coffins stacked one on top of another in the Szentendre morgue, according to a video made public by independent MP Ákos Hadházy.
11th January, 2021
Entry to Romania eased
Hungary has been removed from Romania’s list of countries with a high epidemic risk rating, so Hungarian residents who travel to Romania will no longer have to go into quarantine.
11th January, 2021
SZFE buildings to be sold
Buildings housing the University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE) are for sale, according to reports.
8th January, 2021
High schools likely to remain closed
The emergency task force recommends that the cabinet extend online education for high schools beyond January 11, state secretary for education Zoltán Maruzsa told a Thursday press conference.
8th January, 2021
Traffic accidents at 64-year low
The number of people killed in traffic accidents dropped to near 450 in 2020, the lowest figure since 1956, deputy National Police chief deputy Zsolt Halmosi told an online press conference on Thursday.

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