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3rd July, 2020
Hungary refuses to ease travel restrictions
Hungary will not comply with the EU decision to lift travel restrictions on 14 non-EU countries from July 1, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced yesterday on his Facebook page.
3rd July, 2020
Debrecen buys local football club
The city of Debrecen will buy a 73% stake in local football club DVSC, which has just been relegated from the first division of the national league, mayor László Papp announced.
2nd July, 2020
101,700 Hungarians apply for UK residence permits
More than 100,000 Hungarians living in Great Britain have applied for permanent resident status, the British Home Office has announced.
2nd July, 2020
Film industry revenues rising
Film industry revenues rose to Ft 164.4 billion last year, a 50% increase from 2018, the Film Institute told movie industry publication Variety on Wednesday.
2nd July, 2020
Dutch catch top Hungarian criminal
Dutch police arrested one of Hungary’s most wanted criminals on June 26 in the Netherlands.
1st July, 2020
Fidesz objects to sales booths in Buda Castle
Fidesz and a local residents’ group are objecting to a plan by First District mayor Márta Naszályi to allow booths selling prepared food and other items in Buda Castle.
1st July, 2020
IATA agrees to refund Malév tickets
After an eight-year dispute, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) signed an agreement with the European Travel Agents and Tour Operators Association on allowing the refund of unused flight tickets issued by the bankrupt Hungarian state airline Malév on Monday.
30th June, 2020
OTP rolls out new payment option
OTP and its fintech unit OTP Mobil have rolled out a new mobile payment method based on instant payments that reads QR codes, the bank announced on Monday.
30th June, 2020
City suggests later start for schools
The Budapest mayor’s office recommends that classes in schools should start at 9 a.m. rather than at the customary time of 8 a.m., as part of an effort to prevent a second wave of the coronavirus epidemic.
29th June, 2020
Stricter rules ordered in Party Zone
The Seventh District council has approved stricter opening hours for bars and clubs in the district’s Party Zone.
29th June, 2020
Ryanair restarting 40 Budapest flights
Ryanair will relaunch flights between Budapest and 40 destinations from July 1, the Irish low-fare carrier announced.
26th June, 2020
Kósa aims to abolish brewers’ exclusivity deals
Parliament’s legislative committee yesterday approved a proposal from Fidesz vice-president Lajos Kósa to abolish the system in which beer and soft drink makers have exclusive rights to supply bars and restaurants.
26th June, 2020
Revolut working with Raiffeisen
Revolut has opened a forint account with Raiffeisen Bank, the international fintech company told Portfolio on Thursday.
26th June, 2020
Cinema City theatres reopen on July 2
Movie theatres operated by Cinema City will reopen on July 2, the multiplex chain announced on Thursday.
25th June, 2020
Council flats illegally sublet to tourists
Castle District flats owned by the municipality of Budapest, rented out for a few tens of thousands of forints, were illegally sublet to tourists.
25th June, 2020
Budapesters tolerant of bicycles
Half of Budapest residents believe that bicycle transportation should be developed in a way that does not disturb car drivers, according to a representative survey by the Publicus Institute commissioned by Népszava.
25th June, 2020
Parking fees increasing in Budapest
Budapest city council decided on Wednesday to raise parking fees in several districts from August 1.
24th June, 2020
MNB cuts base rate after four years
Contrary to all forecasts, the MNB’s monetary council cut the base rate for the first time in four years yesterday, from 0.9% to 0.75%.
24th June, 2020
NAV initiates liquidation of Lime
The tax authority NAV has turned to a court demanding the liquidation of Lime Technology, the Hungarian subsidiary of the international electric roller chain, due to unpaid taxes, investigative website G7 reports.
24th June, 2020
Budapest Pride set for August
The Budapest Pride Parade can be held without restrictions this year, organisers reported on Facebook after consulting with police.
23rd June, 2020
Praktiker reports 18% revenue growth
Praktiker’s revenues expanded by 18% last year, to Ft 67.9 billion from Ft 57.1 billion in 2018, the DIY chain announced on Monday.
23rd June, 2020
Auto Wallis expanding into Slovenia
Auto Wallis plans to take over Slovenia’s largest specialist BMV car retailer, the car distributor and maintenance company announced on the stock exchange website on Monday.
22nd June, 2020
Gov’t selects Hajdúnánás for MotoGP race track
The government will build a MotoGP motorcycle race track in Hajdúnánás, Innovation and Technology Minister László Palkovics announced in the eastern Hungary town on Saturday.
22nd June, 2020
Mudslide closes rail line until July
The repair of the damaged railway track between Nagymaros and Szob has begun after the track was inundated by a mudslide at Szent Mihály-hegy last Wednesday.
22nd June, 2020
Palkovics opens Lake Tisza bicycle path
Innovation and Technology Minister László Palkovics opened the newly completed 67km bicycle path around Lake Tisza in Poroszló, Heves county on Saturday.
19th June, 2020
eMAG opens first shop in Hungary
Home appliance and IT equipment retailer eMAG, engaged only in online sales so far, opened its first shop in Hungary in Budapest on Thursday.
19th June, 2020
Border open to EU countries and more
Citizens of all EU member states, as well as Serbia, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland, can freely enter Hungary as of Thursday, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó announced yesterday morning.
19th June, 2020
LOT resumes Budapest flights
Polish state airline LOT resumes its European flights suspended due to the coronavirus epidemic from July 1, Polish media reported on Wednesday.
18th June, 2020
Churchill’s bust vandalised
The bust of Winston Churchill in the Budapest City Park has been vandalised with anti-racist graffiti.
18th June, 2020
Budapest to host European Super Cup
Budapest’s Puskás Arena will host the UEFA Super Cup final on September 24, European football’s governing body announced yesterday.
17th June, 2020
Wizz Air opening base in Bacau
Wizz Air will open its 31st base in Bacau, Romania in October, the low-cost airline announced on Tuesday.
17th June, 2020
Congestion at Hungarian-Romanian border
About 43,800 people crossed the Hungarian-Romanian border at the 11 crossings in 18,300 vehicles on Monday, most of them entering Romania.
16th June, 2020
Karácsony opposes fireworks near Chain Bridge
The city opposes and does not want fireworks on and around the Chain Bridge on August 20, mayor Gergely Karácsony declared on Monday.
16th June, 2020
Film industry returning to normal
As the restrictive measures ease, the Hungarian film industry may soon return to full capacity, according to film industry commissioner Csaba Káel.
16th June, 2020
IKEA starts selling used furniture
IKEA is selling its used products from June 15, as it launches its Second Life for Furniture programme also in Hungary, the Swedish furniture and home design product chain announced on Monday.
15th June, 2020
People-smuggler caught in car chase
Police have charged a Syrian people-smuggler who was captured following a car chase along the M5 motorway to Budapest last week.
12th June, 2020
Volánbusz lifts limit on passengers
Volánbusz has lifted the 30% occupancy ceiling on the number of passengers after the coronavirus emergency task force approved the move, the state coach line operator announced on Thursday.
12th June, 2020
Free esport channel ready to start
Website Esport1 and broadcasting company Antenna Hungária are jointly launching free esport channel mindiGO, the companies announced on Thursday.
12th June, 2020
State responsible for bicycle paths
The state road manager Magyar Közút Nonprofit has taken over the management of more than 1,000 kilometres of bicycle paths in the last two years and in essence has completed this process, Innovation and Technology Ministry state secretary László Mosóczi announced yesterday.
11th June, 2020
Domestic tourism revives in May
Some 134,000 domestic guests spent 433,000 nights at commercial accommodation in May, state tourism agency MTÜ announced yesterday.
11th June, 2020
Facebook, Booking.com pay contested fines
Facebook and Booking.com have voluntarily paid respective fines of Ft 1.2 billion and Ft 2.5 billion issued by the Competition Authority (GVH) but both companies have challenged the penalties in court, head of the authority Csaba Rigó said on Wednesday.
10th June, 2020
Cabinet approves ten-year plan for Debrecen
The cabinet – in a first among large cities – has approved a development concept planned until 2030 for Debrecen, aimed at making the city the centre of eastern Hungary, Innovation and Technology Minister László Palkovics announced yesterday.
10th June, 2020
Cosmopolitan goes online only
Cosmopolitan magazine’s Hungarian edition is going online only, publisher Centrál Média announced on Tuesday.
10th June, 2020
LMP asks Willis to speak out against hotel plan
Two LMP politicians have asked US actor Bruce Willis, as the global face of the Hell Energy Group in a recent advertising campaign, to speak out against what they say will be an environmentally damaging hotel project planned by an affiliated company.
9th June, 2020
Bosch researching self-driving cars in Budapest
German engineering giant Bosch has teamed up with the Budapest University of Technology and Economics for research related to self-driving vehicles.
9th June, 2020
Cocaine found in banana shipment
A 2,020kg cocaine shipment destined for Hungary has been seized by the authorities in Rotterdam, Dutch newspaper NLTimes reports.
8th June, 2020
Complete collapse in tourism
The number of guest nights at commercial accommodations was down 97% year-on-year to 69,000 in April, due to the lockdown during the height of the pandemic.
8th June, 2020
Important deadline approaching for online invoices
All businesses and foundations will be required to submit their invoices to the tax office online from July 1, Index reports.
8th June, 2020
Olympic committee resigns
The entire presidency of the Hungarian Olympic Committee (MOB) resigned unexpectedly, writes Nemzeti Sport.
5th June, 2020
Budapest Airport reinvests profits
Budapest Airport (BA) reported a Ft 29 billion profit for 2019, up from Ft 24.5 billion a year earlier but the airport operator decided to channel the entire amount back to is operations instead of paying out a dividend as in 2018, Mfor writes.
5th June, 2020
Trianon park opens in Sopron
State secretary for forestry and land affairs Péter Zámbó opened the Trianon Memorial Park in Sopron on Thursday.
4th June, 2020
Austrian border now fully open
Austria is terminating the coronavirus-related border restrictions for all of its neighbours except Italy, Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg announced yesterday.
4th June, 2020
Gov’t requires e-payment from more retailers
All retailers which operate cash registers connected online to the tax authority NAV will have to offer electronic payment methods from January 1, 2021, according to a bill filed by Finance Minister Mihály Varga.
4th June, 2020
Home sales starting to recover
Home sales in May reached 8,200, down by 38% from one year earlier but up by 35% from the previous month, property agency Duna House estimates.
3rd June, 2020
Esztergom freight ferry running again
The freight ferry across the Danube River between Esztergom, Hungary and Stúrovo, Slovakia is operating again from Tuesday, Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Péter Szijjártó announced.
3rd June, 2020
Hungarian Grand Prix set for July 19
This year’s Hungarian Formula One world championship race will be held on July 19 without fans, organisers announced on Tuesday.
3rd June, 2020
Ministry to open military schools
Eight to ten military high schools and colleges could begin operations in Hungary before 2030, the Defence Ministry told Népszava on Tuesday.
2nd June, 2020
Wizz Air opens new bases in Europe
Hungarian-owned no-frills airline Wizz Air has opened new bases in Europe to take over positions from competitors hit by the crisis, Forbes writes.
2nd June, 2020
Public pays protesters’ fines
Hungarians have donated Ft 7 million in a crowdfunding campaign to pay the fines levied on those who took part in anti-government car-honking rallies in recent weeks, independent MP Ákos Hadházy said.
2nd June, 2020
Nearly 600 migrants stopped last week
Police officers and soldiers took action against 237 illegal border entrants from Friday through Sunday, the National Police announced.
29th May, 2020
MÁV announces reduced services
State passenger railway company MÁV yesterday announced a new “epidemic” timetable for some lines valid from June 6 for an indefinite temporary period.
29th May, 2020
Hungary-Slovenia border open again
Citizens of Slovenia and Hungary may freely cross the common border without quarantine or other restrictions from Thursday afternoon, foreign ministers Anze Logar and Péter Szijjártó jointly announced yesterday.
29th May, 2020
Riverside road open to pedestrians on weekends
The road along the Pest riverbank will be closed to motorised traffic on weekends until September, Budapest mayor Gergely Karácsony has announced.
28th May, 2020
Restaurants and bars open from Friday
The interior spaces of restaurants, bars, cafés, pastry shops and pubs in Budapest may reopen and host guests from Friday, May 29, not Saturday, as indicated in Tuesday reports.
28th May, 2020
Gov’t aims to transform city’s rust belt
The government has approved a plan to build affordable housing in Budapest’s abandoned industrial sites, Prime Minister’s Office state secretary for the development of Budapest Balázs Fürjes announced yesterday.
28th May, 2020
People-smuggler caught in Vas county
The driver of a vehicle in which 13 people were travelling has been arrested and questioned on suspicion of human trafficking, the Vas county police department announced.
27th May, 2020
Restrictions eased in Budapest from Saturday
Restrictions on restaurants and cafés in Budapest will be lifted from Friday midnight, Magyar Nemzet reports.
27th May, 2020
First Michelin star restaurant to reopen
Stand will be the first Michelin star restaurant in Hungary to reopen following the impending lifting of the ban on indoor dining in Budapest, Dining Guide reports.
26th May, 2020
Bem tér office project planned
The owner of the historic Radetzky barracks located on Bem tér on the Buda riverside has asked for permission to demolish the 180-year-old building, HVG reports, citing investigative news site Átlátszó.
26th May, 2020
Serbian border now open
Serbian and Hungarian nationals may cross their mutual border without restrictions from 10 a.m. Monday, without mandatory quarantine, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó announced in Röszke yesterday.
25th May, 2020
Party Zone bars in conflict with district
Although following the lifting of curfew limitations in Budapest, the terraces of restaurants and catering facilities may be open, full freedom has not returned, and such venues must close by 10 p.m., leaders of Budapest’s Seventh District have warned.
25th May, 2020
Two killed in Deák tér stabbing
A fight ended with the death of two young men on Deák tér in downtown Budapest early Friday morning.
22nd May, 2020
Restrictions eased on travel to Austria
Hungarians can freely travel to Austria and return to Hungary if they have tested negative for the Covid-19 virus, it was announced at Thursday’s emergency task force press conference.
22nd May, 2020
Low rate of infection among vulnerable population
Tests conducted by the city of Budapest indicate that the rate of Covid-19 infection among vulnerable groups is surprisingly low, Index reports.
21st May, 2020
Gov’t increases funding for e-car purchases
The government has increased its subsidy for purchases of new electric cars from Ft 1.5 million to Ft 2.5 million, and also introduced a decreasing scheme for subsidies for more expensive cars, Innovation and Technology Ministry state secretary Péter Kaderják announced on Wednesday.
21st May, 2020
Six more universities to be privatised
The government will assign the right to operate six universities to private foundations from August 1, 2020, the Information and Technology Ministry announced after Parliament approved the related bill on Tuesday.
21st May, 2020
No more menthol cigarettes
The EU ban on menthol-flavoured cigarettes came into force yesterday, Portfolio reports.
20th May, 2020
Hospital workers premium reduced
The hourly pay for employees dealing with coronavirus patients has been reduced from 180% of normal rates to 150% at the St. János Hospital in Budapest from May 1, Index reports.
20th May, 2020
Gov’t building arena in Székesfehérvár
The government will finance the construction of a new sports venue in Székesfehérvár, according to the Monday issue of official gazette Magyar Közlöny.
19th May, 2020
Anti-fireworks petition started
An online petition in favour of giving money to the needy instead of spending it on an extravagant August 20 fireworks display has received 43,000 signatures in two days, HVG reports.
19th May, 2020
Virus may have killed 120,000 jobs
At least 120,000 people lost their job in Hungary because of the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, researchers of the Academy of Sciences found in a study published yesterday.
19th May, 2020
Decathlon introduces app for queuing
Decathlon has introduced a mobile phone application for personally queuing for entry at its unit on Nyugati tér in Budapest, the sporting goods retail chain announced on Monday.
18th May, 2020
Lockdown eased in Budapest from today
The lockdown ended in Budapest at midnight Sunday, but physical distancing of one and a half metres is to be kept, and masks will have to be worn when shopping and on public transport, Prime Minister’s Office leader Gergely Gulyás announced at a special briefing on Saturday.
18th May, 2020
Traffic congested on Romanian border
Traffic is congested in both directions at the Csanádpalota and Nagylak border crossings, police said Sunday morning.
15th May, 2020
Budapest Airport to host more flights in June
More airlines will start flying again from Liszt Ferenc International Airport in June, manager Budapest Airport announced on Thursday.
15th May, 2020
Toll road traffic plummets in April
The number of vehicles travelling on motorways using the e-sticker system shrank by half in April and the number of trucks using the electronic freight traffic control system dropped by a fifth, head of the state road tolling company Núsz Tamás Bartal told state radio on Thursday.
15th May, 2020
Financial chaos at Tennis Association
All five members of the board of the Tennis Association have resigned after the body accumulated massive debts.
14th May, 2020
Two more crossings open to Austria
Two border crossings to Austria were re-opened from Wednesday morning, following lengthy negotiations, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó announced yesterday.
14th May, 2020
Free IT courses popular
Some 15,000 people registered for the eight-week long free IT courses offered by the government on its first day after opening, Innovation and Technology Ministry state secretary László György told state television.
13th May, 2020
Hunguest announces re-openings
Hunguest Hotels, part of holding company Opus Global, yesterday announced the re-opening of two of its spa hotels on Friday.
13th May, 2020
Applications for entry to Hungary available online
Applications to enter Hungary may be submitted online from Wednesday, Róbert Kiss told the emergency task force press conference on Tuesday.
12th May, 2020
7% of Hungarians have lost their job
Some 7% of Hungarians lost their jobs in the past month, economic researcher Tárki found in a survey.
12th May, 2020
Some visits to Croatia now permitted
Those who own property or boats in Croatia, or must travel there for business or to attend a funeral, are allowed to cross the border, it was announced at Monday’s emergency task online press conference.
12th May, 2020
WWI blasting caps found among French potatoes
Blasting caps believed to be from the First World War were found among potatoes imported from Normandy, in Dunaegyháza, Bács county, the army bomb disposal regiment announced on Monday.
11th May, 2020
Hungarian criminal caught in Germany
A Hungarian convicted of stealing Ft 196.5 million in valuables from a Budapest jewellery store in 2012 has been captured in Germany.
11th May, 2020
Healthcare worries Hungarians most
Healthcare is a greater worry in Hungary than in 27 other countries surveyed by pollsters Ipsos in a survey called What Worries the World.
11th May, 2020
Hungarian suicide on cruise ship
A Hungarian member of the ocean liner Carnival Breeze was found dead in his cabin, apparently a victim of suicide, the tabloid Blikk reported on Sunday, citing Cruise Law News.
8th May, 2020
120 Hungarians brought home
A plane bringing 120 Hungarians home, primarily from North America, was expected to land in Budapest on Thursday, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó announced.
8th May, 2020
No restriction on recreational sports
Budapest residents are free to go to the countryside to visit properties that they own, despite the general ban on trips outside the city, Prime Minister’s Office leader Gergely Gulyás told his press conference in Budapest on Thursday.
8th May, 2020
Margaret Island to be opened at the weekend
Budapest is making a cautious opening at the weekend: Margaret Island, Hajógyári Island and the City Park will be open, but restrictions remain in force at Normafa in the 12th District.
7th May, 2020
Auchan prefers self-service cash registers
Hypermarket chain Auchan is installing self-service cash registers in all 17 of its Hungarian shops by the end of July, Napi reports.
7th May, 2020
No Giro d’Italia race in Hungary
Neither the opening stages nor any other part of the Giro d’Italia bicycle race will be held in Hungary this year, it was announced yesterday.
7th May, 2020
Hundreds of police in major drug raid
Some 200 police officers riding in 65 cars, along with six Counter-Terrorist Centre units, raided 22 locations on Tuesday morning as they cracked down on a criminal gang which has been dealing in a new psychoactive substance, police announced yesterday.
6th May, 2020
GVH investigating online retailer Alza
The competition authority GVH announced on Tuesday that it is examining whether online retailer Alza placed undue emotional pressure on potential customers in order to induce higher sales.
6th May, 2020
Nyugati station upgrade starts
A nearly Ft 9 billion renovation of the roof structure of Nyugati railway station begins on Friday, Innovation and Technology Ministry state secretary László Mosóczi announced yesterday.
6th May, 2020
Football season to resume on May 23
The Hungarian football season will resume on May 23 with the semi-finals of the Hungarian Cup while top-flight action will restart on May 30, the Football Association (MLSZ) announced.

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