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21st October, 2020
Parliament tightens parole conditions
MPs yesterday voted unanimously with 165 affirmative votes for stricter rules governing release from prison on parole.
21st October, 2020
DVSC to sell stakes in casinos
Debrecen city council will discuss plans on Thursday to have municipally owned sports club DVSC sell its stakes in two casinos.
21st October, 2020
Hungary to co-host MTV awards
It is a historic success for Hungary and Budapest that the city can host the MTV European Music Awards event, government spokeswoman Alexandra Szentkirályi said yesterday.
20th October, 2020
Epidemic: 31 patients die
Hungary is in the ascending phase of the second wave of the epidemic, a further rise in the number of cases is expected and so regulations should be observed with particular caution, national chief medical officer Cecília Müller told a press conference on Monday.
20th October, 2020
Earth tremor felt near Miskolc
An earth tremor occurred around Miskolc at about noon Monday, but no reports came of any damage caused.
19th October, 2020
Bill increases fine for breaking quarantine rules
The fine imposed on those violating quarantine rules would be increased from Ft 50,000 to Ft 150,000 under a bill submitted by deputy prime minister Zsolt Semjén in the name of the cabinet to Parliament.
19th October, 2020
Dacia’s EV a big success in Hungary
Renault sold its entire stock of 100 Dacia Spring electric vehicles in Hungary in only four hours, the French carmaker announced.
19th October, 2020
Subsidy for electric taxis a success
Taxi companies bought 280 electric vehicles with the help of the government’s Ft 2.3 billion subsidy scheme launched in May, the Ministry of Innovation and Technology said on Friday.
16th October, 2020
Bath operators to dismiss 5,000
Hungarian baths are in crisis, because the lack of guests due to the epidemic has caused at least a 50% loss of revenue this year, president László Attila Boros of the Hungarian Bath Association told a Thursday press conference in Budapest.
16th October, 2020
New owner sacks Media Market staff
Pro-Fidesz political scientist Levente Boros Bánk has bought the Media Market magazine and dismissed the entire editorial staff.
16th October, 2020
Epidemiologist warns against complacency
People have become less serious about the coronavirus threat due to the low infection rates seen during the first wave of the coronavirus epidemic, Semmelweis University rector Béla Merkely said yesterday.
15th October, 2020
Vodafone expands 5G in Budapest
Vodafone is adding about 200 more 5G base stations in Budapest, and is allocating 40MHz of its spectrum to the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) to support a 5G innovation lab, deputy CEO Gergő Budai announced on Wednesday.
15th October, 2020
Forint under pressure again
The Hungarian currency shed 2% of its value against the euro this week due to fears of the economic impact of the second wave of the pandemic, HVG reports.
15th October, 2020
Wastewater results show Covid fading
Wastewater testing for indications of coronavirus levels has shown a decreasing trend in most Hungarian cities, according to the National Centre for Public Health (NNK).
14th October, 2020
Fast PCR test discovered in Hungary
A new, faster and easier PCR test has been developed in Hungary, Semmelweis University’s clinical rector Attila Szabó announced on Kossuth Radio.
14th October, 2020
Job search website Workania closes
Job searching website Workania, which opened in 2006, is ceasing activities on October 31, CEO Tamás Motesicky announced yesterday.
14th October, 2020
Authorities plant deeper border fence
The southern border has been reinforced with fences sunk deep into the ground over a ten-kilometre stretch, in an effort to prevent illegal tunnelling.
13th October, 2020
Extra Budapest tax may cause company exodus
The extra local tax that is planned to be levied by the city of Budapest on companies with more than Ft 5 billion in annual revenues may result in an exodus, head of the Budapest Chamber of Commerce Elek Nagy told Világgazdaság in an interview.
13th October, 2020
Budapest Christmas fair in doubt
The traditional Christmas fair on downtown Vörösmarty tér may be cancelled this year, as the Budapest festival and tourism centre BFTK has withdrawn the call for bids from caterers, Napi reports.
13th October, 2020
Change in adoption law criticised
In Parliament yesterday Krisztina Hohn of LMP criticised a new proposal which excludes single parents and same-sex couples from Hungary’s adoption system.
12th October, 2020
Flu shots strongly advised
In view of the rapid spread of the coronavirus, chief physician János Szlávik of the South Pest Hospital’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases is advising everyone to get flu shots.
12th October, 2020
Babos retains French Open title
Hungary’s Tímea Babos and her partner Kristina Mladenovic of France defended their title in the women’s doubles tournament at the French Open in Sunday’s final, defeating Chilean-American duo Alexa Guarachi and Desirae Krawczyk.
9th October, 2020
Gulyás announces pay rise for nurses
The cabinet approved the biggest increase in healthcare salaries since 1990 at its Wednesday meeting, Prime Minister’s Office leader Gergely Gulyás told a press conference on Thursday.
9th October, 2020
GVH investigating TikTok
The GVH has launched an investigation into video sharing service provider TikTok, alleging that the social media operator provided incomplete information to customers, the competition authority announced on Thursday.
9th October, 2020
Shooting of UK-Hungarian film starts
Filming of the Ft 4 billion budget British-Hungarian production Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris has started, the state film institute NFI which provided Ft 280 million aid for the production, announced on Thursday.
8th October, 2020
OTP celebrates 25 years on BSE
The Budapest Stock Exchange has awarded chairman and CEO of OTP bank Sándor Csányi for his achievement in heading the largest bank in Hungary, BSE chairman Mihály Patai announced as the 25th anniversary of the listing of the share was celebrated on Wednesday.
8th October, 2020
Head of people-smuggling gang caught
The leader of a Syrian-Hungarian people-smuggling gang was caught on Tuesday after a nine-month investigation, police announced yesterday.
7th October, 2020
Protest outside Orbán’s house was banned illegally
Demonstrations organised outside the house of the prime minister may not be banned by citing arbitrary, unlawful explanations, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in Strasbourg on Tuesday in a case that had been dragging on for seven years.
7th October, 2020
World chess festival ahead
The World Chess Festival, founded by Judit Polgár, will be held for the sixth time on Saturday, October 10. Due to the pandemic, it will move online this year.
6th October, 2020
Bill on raising doctors’ pay submitted
A bill submitted to Parliament yesterday raises the salaries of physicians but forbids many of them from pursuing private medical practices alongside their work for the state healthcare system.
6th October, 2020
21 schools hit by Covid-19
Special breaks are in force in 21 schools and five kindergartens, due to outbreaks of the coronavirus, national chief medical officer Cecília Müller told an online press conference organised by the emergency task force on Monday.
5th October, 2020
Hungary among Europe’s most infected countries
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control listed Hungary in the red zone in terms of Covid-19 levels at the end of September, as the number of infected people soared in dramatic proportions from the end of August, news website Telex reports.
5th October, 2020
MÁV reports robust traffic to Lake Balaton cities
MÁV carried more than 1.7 million passengers to Lake Balaton from June until the end of September, the state railway company announced.
2nd October, 2020
Border closure extended for October
The early September spike is now flattening, with the minimum [daily] number of infections at 600-1,000, the cabinet established on Wednesday, PMO leader Gergely Gulyás told a press conference on Thursday.
2nd October, 2020
Mobile hospital helps Covid patients
The mobile container hospital was opened at Kiskunhalas, Bács-Kiskun county, on Thursday morning and Covid-19 positive patients are continuously being transported there from Kiskunhalas Semmelweis Hospital, hirös.hu reports.
1st October, 2020
Wizz Air urges tests, not quarantines
Border closures and mandatory quarantine measures after foreign travel should be abolished, CEO József Váradi of low-cost airline Wizz Air suggested to Italian daily Corriere della Será on Tuesday.
1st October, 2020
Refugees throw stones at police
Police identified with heat cameras 40 illegal immigrants at railway tracks on the Serb border near Röszke after midnight Wednesday.
1st October, 2020
Coronavirus breaks out in prisons
Some 48 prison inmates and 50 members of staff had been infected with the coronavirus in prison facilities by Tuesday morning, the National Headquarters of the Corrections Institute told Világgazdaság.
30th September, 2020
Forint nears all-time low against euro
The forint exchange rate is hovering only 1% above its all-time weakest position of Ft 369.5 to the euro, reached in the spring, Portfolio observed.
30th September, 2020
Gov’t mulls tighter border regulations
The cabinet will discuss the extension of provisional border control on Wednesday, Lieu. Col. Róbert Kiss of the emergency task force, told a press conference on Tuesday.
29th September, 2020
MÁV cuts fares, launches two-tier train
MÁV launched its third double-decker Kiss commuting train on Monday, the state railway company announced. Now two Kiss trains operate along the Budapest-Vác line, and one connects the capital with Cegléd. The first Kiss train launched on the Vác line in August.
29th September, 2020
Over 7,000 quarantine orders last week
People have been cautioned in 337 cases on 41 public transport vehicles for not wearing face masks correctly, or at all, Lieu. Col. Róbert Kiss of the emergency task force, told a press conference in Budapest on Monday.
29th September, 2020
MNB purchases Lakner paintings
MNB Ingatlan, the property manager of the central bank, has bought 18 paintings by László Lakner from the Berlin-based artist for a total of €410,000, the EU public procurement website announced on Monday.
28th September, 2020
Rétvári selective with education stats
Spending on education in Hungary rose by one of the highest extents in the OECD countries, Christian Democrat vice-president Bence Rétvári told state news agency MTI on Sunday.
28th September, 2020
Only 10% of Hungarians read books
More than half of the adult population in Hungary never or practically never buy books, Népszava reports, based on a representative poll conducted by Tárki in the summer.
25th September, 2020
Germany deems Győr county risk zone
Germany added Győr county to its list of coronavirus risk areas on Wednesday.
25th September, 2020
Wizz Air to train army pilots
Wizz Air has signed a strategic co-operation agreement with the Hungarian Army, the budget airline announced on Thursday.
25th September, 2020
Illegal migrants discovered in lorry
Hungarian and Romanian police found 21 illegal migrants in a Romanian vehicle at the Csanádpalota border station early Thursday morning, Csongrád county police spokeswoman Szilvia Szabó told state news agency MTI.
24th September, 2020
Penny to up Hungarian produce ratio
Discount retail chain Penny is in talks with the National Chamber of Agriculture (NAK) to increase the proportion of domestic products in 223 stores in Hungary.
24th September, 2020
Izer: tax cuts thanks to less corruption
Government measures to whiten the economy since 2010 have resulted in additional budget revenue of 1.5-2% of GDP, Norbert Izer, state secretary of the Finance Ministry told an online conference organised by Nézőpont Intézet.
23rd September, 2020
Gov’t to finally start Lake Fertő project
The government has earmarked Ft 9.1 billion for construction of the Lake Fertő sports and “wellness” centre in Fertőrákos in 2020-2021, according to the official gazette Magyar Közlöny.
23rd September, 2020
Czech firm to donate €200,000 to Telex
Major Czech media firm Economia has promised to donate €200,000 to the new independent Hungarian website Telex, Reuters reported Monday evening.
23rd September, 2020
Gov’t launches e-bike subsidy
The government will introduce a Ft 1 billion subsidy scheme supporting the purchase of electric bikes in October, energy and climate policy state secretary of the Innovation and Technology Ministry Péter Kaderják announced at a press conference in Budapest on Tuesday.
22nd September, 2020
Bugging scandal at Miskolc City Hall
Miskolc local council has turned to the data protection authority over microphones and cameras being found at the city’s town hall, Index has learnt.
21st September, 2020
Digi slams frequency auction criteria
Romanian telecommunications company Digi Távközlési has criticised the draft documentation of an upcoming frequency auction from the Hungarian Media Authority NMHH.
21st September, 2020
Müller lays out new Covid regulations
The coronavirus epidemic calmed down during the summer but it did not end and “we can again witness the pandemic resulting in more infected people throughout the world,” National Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller told a press conference on Saturday.
18th September, 2020
Forint weakens to 361 per euro
The forint weakened to 361.2 per euro on Thursday, as East European currencies lost value, as usually happens when the dollar strengthens, analyst of ING bank Péter Virovácz said.
18th September, 2020
Kecskemét university opens Mercedes course
The Neumann János University in Kecskemét has launched the course “Mercedes-Benz Made in Kecskemét” to introduce the structure and operation of the town’s car factory and the latest car manufacturing technologies to students.
18th September, 2020
Operas delayed due to virus
The Hungarian State Opera is expected to suspend all rehearsals from September 17 to October 1, due to the growing number of coronavirus cases.
17th September, 2020
TransferWise joins instant payment system
International money transfer provider TransferWise received direct access to the Hungarian banking sector’s instant payment system on September 1, the fintech company announced on Wednesday.
17th September, 2020
First District bans e-rollers
It will be forbidden to rent or park electric scooters in Budapest’s First District.
16th September, 2020
Cornstein announces departure
US ambassador David Cornstein yesterday announced his departure, effective November 1, after two years.
16th September, 2020
Vodafone offers Netflix streaming
Vodafone is offering Netflix streaming to its subscribers from September 14, the telecom and cable TV company announced on Monday.
15th September, 2020
Covid suggestions from the NNK
The National Centre for Public Health (NNK) has published new procedures for the second wave of the epidemic.
15th September, 2020
Great War soldiers’ database ready
The Military History Institute and Museum of the Ministry of Defence have launched a website featuring a database of Hungarian soldiers who died, were wounded or taken prisoner in World War I.
14th September, 2020
Easier border crossing to Austria
The 30-km area restriction and the 24-hour time limit for commuters across the Hungary-Austria border were lifted with immediate effect on Friday.
14th September, 2020
Klubrádió licence renewal refused
Klubrádió may be forced to cease broadcasting on February 14, 2021, after the Media Council decided on Friday not to renew the left-wing station’s frequency contract.
11th September, 2020
Hungary winning VAT evasion fight
VAT evasion in Hungary was cut from 21% in 2013 to 6.6% in 2019, the European Commission announced on Thursday.
11th September, 2020
Hungary officially bird flu free
The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) declared Hungary bird flu free on September 8, food safety authority Nébih announced Thursday.
11th September, 2020
Kangaroos make bid for freedom
A pair of Bennett kangaroos escaped from Miskolc Zoo, website boon.hu reported on Thursday. Zookeepers have not yet found them, but local residents said one has been seen “jumping around” in a nearby park.
10th September, 2020
BA closes part of Terminal 2
Due to falling passenger numbers, Budapest Airport (BA) has closed part of Terminal 2 at Liszt Ferenc International Airport, the facility manager announced on Tuesday.
10th September, 2020
BKK to fine passengers without masks
The Budapest city council passed stringent Public Safety measures after a Capital Emergency Task Force meeting on Tuesday.
10th September, 2020
Wizz Air launches new unit in Catania
Wizz Air has opened a new base in Catania, Sicily, the budget airline announced Tuesday.
9th September, 2020
Budapest Airport lowers targets
Due to expected flight cancellations and falling passenger numbers, Budapest Airport (BA) has corrected down its 2020 passenger target to 5.5 million, the airport manager announced on Tuesday.
9th September, 2020
Border crossing to Austria opens
The Pinkamindszent-Strém border crossing on the Hungarian-Austrian border will open for two hours in the morning and in the afternoon from Tuesday, Interior Ministry state secretary Károly Kontrát announced Monday evening.
9th September, 2020
Telex to become subscription service
Some 25,000 people have already supported the fundraising campaign begun by outgoing Index staffers last Friday to provide the financial background for their new website Telex, they announced via Facebook.
8th September, 2020
Szlávik notes Covid-19 misconceptions
The influenza season is approaching and it endangers the same people - the elderly, chronically ill patients and those who have undergone surgery - as the coronavirus, János Szlávik, head doctor at the South Pest Central Hospital, told Kossuth Rádió Monday morning.
8th September, 2020
Karácsony to run for party post again
Budapest mayor Gergely Karácsony will once again stand for the post of co-president of the Dialogue party, he told Magyar Hang on Sunday evening.
7th September, 2020
Hungary slightly eases entry rules
The second wave of the pandemic has reached Hungary, the Government Information Centre said in a statement on Friday.
7th September, 2020
Forint Europe’s fifth weakest currency
The forint is the fifth worst-performing European currency so far this year as it has weakened by some 8.5%, Portfolio writes. The Hungarian currency slid to 361.5 against the euro on Friday before ending the day above 360.
7th September, 2020
George HW Bush statue to be unveiled
The Orbán cabinet has ordered the erection of a statue of the 41st US president George Herbert Walker Bush on Szabadság tér, to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of communism in Central and East Europe, in the wake of an agreement concluded with the US embassy in Budapest, the PMO said in a statement Sunday morning.
4th September, 2020
Budapest Airport loses travellers to restrictions
The number of passengers passing through Liszt Ferenc International Airport has fallen to not more than 3,000 a day, due to the country entry restrictions introduced on Tuesday, Budapest Airport spokeswoman Katalin Valentinyi estimated on Thursday.
4th September, 2020
Borders remain closed until end of September
Hungary’s borders will remain closed until at least the end of September, after which it will have to be seen whether regulations should be relaxed or tightened, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in his latest Facebook video on Thursday.
3rd September, 2020
Budapest hotels to close again
Budapest hotels must close again, due to the government-imposed travel restrictions, as they live off foreign tourists who are now unable to enter the city, head of the Hungarian Hotel and Restaurant Association Tamás Flesh told Inforádió on Wednesday.
3rd September, 2020
Wizz Air cuts capacities due to new restrictions
Wizz Air will cut capacity to 60% in the autumn and winter, due to the new travel restrictions, the low-cost airline announced on Wednesday.
3rd September, 2020
102 Party District bars allowed to close late
Of the 138 applicants, 102 pubs and restaurants received permits to close after midnight in the inner Seventh District, known as the Party Zone, Index learned from the website of the local government.
2nd September, 2020
Students occupy university
Some 250 people affiliated with the University of Theatre and Motion Picture Arts occupied the university following a demonstration Monday evening and did not allow the new leadership to enter the building on Tuesday morning.
2nd September, 2020
Lidl to open shop in central Buda
After years of waiting for approval by authorities, Lidl is about to open a shop on Csalogány utca in Budapest’s First District, Napi learned on Tuesday.
2nd September, 2020
New drug kills 21 in Hungary
The new drug that has become known in Hungary under the name bika (“bull”) has caused 21 deaths, police lieutenant colonel Ibolya Csák told the website 24 on Tuesday.
1st September, 2020
Retail tenants negotiate for lower rent
During the epidemic, 98% of retail tenants initiated consultations with property owners on lower rents and in most cases they reached an agreement, according to a survey by consultant CBRE.
1st September, 2020
Karácsony confirms traffic changes
Budapest mayor Gergely Karácsony announced changes to traffic rules on the Nagykörút at a press conference on Monday.
31st August, 2020
Wizz Air reducing flights due to new restrictions
Hungarian discount airline Wizz Air will make changes to its schedule in Hungary from September 1 in response to strict travel restrictions announced by the government on Friday.
31st August, 2020
Dramatic rise in Covid-19 infections
Another 292 coronavirus infections were registered on Saturday, the highest daily figure since the start of the epidemic, well exceeding the 210 figure of April 10.
28th August, 2020
Only one-third of pubs ask for late opening hours
Two-thirds of the pubs and bars in Budapest’s Seventh District have not requested a permit to stay open beyond midnight by Wednesday night’s deadline, HVG reports.
28th August, 2020
Wine Festival to go ahead, with restrictions
This year’s Budapest Wine Festival will be called Wine Festival Limited, as there will be fewer visitors in the event, due to restrictions.
27th August, 2020
Needy children to get free school supply packages
Human Resources Minister Miklós Kásler announced at a Wednesday press conference that more than 100,000 free school supply packages will be distributed among schoolchildren in need by the start of the school term.
27th August, 2020
Two recovered patients test positive again
A visitation ban was ordered with immediate effect in the Fejér county Szent György University Hospital Wednesday morning, after two people who had already recovered from the coronavirus tested positive for Covid-19.
27th August, 2020
FTC overcome Celtic in shock win
Budapest football club Ferencváros (FTC) knocked Scottish club Celtic out of the Champions League with a shock 2-1 victory in Glasgow last night.
26th August, 2020
Szijjártó calls yacht trip a private matter
Pictures published by Átlátszó showing Péter Szijjártó holidaying on a luxury yacht owned by businessman László Szíjj “violate my sense of justice,” the foreign affairs and trade minister said yesterday in response to questions about the scandal.
26th August, 2020
Hadházy denied access to mask-making machine
Officials at the Sátoraljaújhely jail refused entry to independent MP Ákos Hadházy, who wanted to have a look at an imported mask-producing machine that foreign minister Péter Szijjártó said could produce up to 2.8 million surgical masks a month.
26th August, 2020
Theatre to be disinfected because of coronavirus
The season was to have started in the Vígszínház theatre on August 21 with the play Pál utcai fiúk, but one of the young actors gave a positive Covid-19 sample before the show, therefore the complete disinfection of the theatre was ordered.
25th August, 2020
Blood supplies nearly depleted
The blood supply service is asking everyone to donate blood, if possible, due to a shortage.
25th August, 2020
Book Week cancelled due to virus
The rescheduled Book Week has been cancelled, meaning both annual major book events have been cancelled this year because of the coronavirus epidemic.
25th August, 2020
Nearly 300 migrants stopped during weekend
Police caught 289 trespassers near the borders over the long holiday weekend, the National Police announced on Monday.
24th August, 2020
Hell Energy opens ice coffee production line
Hungarian energy drink producer Hell Energy has unveiled an Ft 8 billion investment at its base in Szikszó for the production of its new ice coffee product line.
24th August, 2020
Police to check mask-wearing on Volánbusz vehicles
Inter-city bus operator Volánbusz announced that the police are going to check compliance with public safety measures, among them mask wearing, from next week, as more and more passengers are travelling without masks these days.

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