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17th September, 2021
Government amends loan moratorium rules
The amendment of moratorium rules on credit card debt affects 400,000 contracts, worth some Ft 95 billion, MNB spokesman István Binder said on Thursday, after the government issued decrees on the loan repayment moratorium on Wednesday.
17th September, 2021
Hungary to produce Slovenian aircraft
Slovenian aircraft manufacturer Pipistrel has concluded a €100 million contract with Hungary’s Generation Aircraft on the production, distribution and after-sales support of the company’s ultralight model to selected markets, Világgazdaság reports, citing Slovenian news agency STA.
16th September, 2021
Debrecen calls for new airport designs
The local government of Debrecen, as the 51% owner of the Debrecen International Airport, has announced a tender for designing a new terminal, a new runway and related infrastructure that can service three million travellers annually, the city announced on the EU public procurement website on Wednesday.
16th September, 2021
Vaccine scientist Karikó honoured again
Scientific researcher Katalin Karikó, who was presented last week with the Breakthrough Prize – known as the Oscar of Silicon Valley – received the medical science prize of Keio University in Tokyo on Wednesday.
15th September, 2021
MSD starts Covid drug trials also in Hungary
MSD and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics have started the clinical trials also in Hungary of the oral drug molnupiravir, which might prevent the development of the coronavirus disease among those who live with infected persons, MSD Pharma Hungary clinical trials director Szabolcs Barótfi said on Tuesday.
15th September, 2021
Hungary and Finland to cooperate in space industry
Hungary and Finland have reached an agreement on co-operation in space research and industry, as a result of which Hungarian companies and universities will forge closer co-operation with their Finnish partners, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in Helsinki on Tuesday.
14th September, 2021
Gov’t to give rail freight firms Ft 30bn
The government will provide rail cargo companies with Ft 30 billion in state aid by 2025, of which Ft 3.7 billion will be available in the second half of 2021 and Ft 6.4 billion annually after that, the Innovation and Technology Ministry announced Monday.
14th September, 2021
Hotels call for curbs on Airbnb rentals
The Hotel and Restaurant Association (Mszész) has made suggestions to the government on regulating private accommodation providers, mostly Airbnb providers, it said on Monday.
10th September, 2021
Workers on Blaha Lujza tér attacked
Bottles and insults were thrown at workers renovating on Blaha Lujza tér on Wednesday, mayor Gergely Karácsony told a press conference at the construction site Thursday morning.
10th September, 2021
Karikó awarded Breakthrough Prize
Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissmann, the researchers who created the basis for the technology of the mRNS vaccines, have been awarded one of five 2021 Breakthrough Prizes, considered to be the Oscar of science.
10th September, 2021
District offers reward to needy for inoculation
Budapest’s Eighth District will pay Ft 10,000 to those residents in need who are inoculated with both doses of vaccine (only one for Janssen) before December 31, an unscheduled meeting of the local council decided on Thursday.
9th September, 2021
Budapest Airport investments €200mn over 2.5 years
The total value of investment projects realised at the Liszt Ferenc International Airport has reached €200 million over the last two and a half years, operator Budapest Airport announced on Wednesday.
9th September, 2021
NetPincér becomes Foodpanda
NetPincér will change its name to Foodpanda from October, CEO Zoltán Patai of the food delivery service’s operator Delivery Hero Hungary announced on Tuesday.
8th September, 2021
OTP Open Bank shows other bank’s accounts
OTP has launched its new service, OTP Open Bank, which allows clients to view the balance of their accounts with other banks, the leading bank announced on Tuesday.
8th September, 2021
Hotels complain about extra administration
Due to a regulation that came into force on September 1, accommodation providers not only have to report the personal data of their guests to authorities but also have to scan their ID, creating excessive administrative work, hotels complained to RTL Klub.
7th September, 2021
Nine Covid fatalities on the weekend
The numbers of newly infected coronavirus patients, those hospitalised and those relying on ventilators have increased, according to official data.
7th September, 2021
30,000 students participate in summer jobs scheme
Some 30,000 students participated in the government’s summer job programme, Innovation and Technology Ministry state secretary Sándor Bodó announced.
6th September, 2021
Forint was top performer in August
The forint was the best-forming currency globally in August, a result of the MNB’s monetary tightening policy, Portfolio writes.
6th September, 2021
70 charged in government office corruption case
Charges have been pressed at the Capital Court of dereliction of duty and accepting bribes as part of a criminal organisation by 70 government office officials.
6th September, 2021
Over 40,000 on surgery waiting list
The number of people waiting for surgery has grown by 9,000, since the end of the third wave of the epidemic, taking the overall number on a national waiting list to 41,000.
3rd September, 2021
E-charging infrastructure grows, but demand drops
The number of electric chargers for cars increased by 58% year-on-year to 1,471 in the first quarter, energy regulator MEKH said on Thursday in its electromobility report.
3rd September, 2021
Semmelweis University rises in world rankings
Semmelweis University is ranked among the 300 best higher education institutions in the world in the 2022 survey by the UK’s Times Higher Education Supplement, achieving the highest ranking of any Hungarian university.
2nd September, 2021
MVM completes Émász acquisition
MVM has completed the full purchase of north Hungarian electricity grid operator Émász Áramhálózati, buying it from E.On Hungária, the state energy holding announced on Wednesday.
2nd September, 2021
Rahimkulovs top family business list
Kafijat, a company owned by the Rahimkulov brothers, was the most valuable Hungarian family business in 2020 with an estimated value of Ft 366.4 billion, according to the annual list compiled by Forbes.
2nd September, 2021
Public transport free for under-14s
Public transport in Budapest is free for those under 14 from September 2, as unanimously agreed yesterday by the city council.
1st September, 2021
Dobrev first to hand in nominations
Democratic Coalition prime ministerial candidate, Klára Dobrev has collected more than 60,000 endorsements in six days, which she submitted to the National Primaries Commission on Tuesday, the party announced.
1st September, 2021
Csányi fully acquires Buda Health Centre
Bonitás 2002, an asset manager owned by OTP chief Sándor Csányi, has bought the 25% stake held by Péter Pál Varga, the founder of the Buda Health Centre (BEK), and so aquired 100% ownership in the private healthcare provider, Népszava reports.
31st August, 2021
Suzuki halts production for two weeks
Due to semiconductor supply problems, the Suzuki factory in Esztergom is halting production for two weeks during September 6-18, the subsidiary of the Japanese car maker told Új Szó, a Hungarian-language daily in Slovakia.
31st August, 2021
Expensive vaccines given away
The government has donated, sold or lent to other countries 7.5% of the nearly 20 million doses of coronavirus vaccine obtained to date, Népszava reports.
30th August, 2021
Expelled CEU to help Freeszfe
The Central European University (CEU) is helping the Freeszfe association of theatre and film arts by making available classrooms, dormitory rooms and a rehearsal room.
27th August, 2021
Demand for digital payments insatiable
OTP Bank reported a swift increase in the number of electronic payment transactions and their average value in parallel with the reopening of the economy, Portfolio adds.
27th August, 2021
Pension fund executives fined
The MNB on Thursday initiated the dismissal of the CEO and chairman of pension fund Pannónia Nyugdíjpénztár following real estate transactions that caused financial losses to the fund members.
26th August, 2021
Few people are upset by traffic jams
Only 20% of people in Budapest are annoyed by the state of traffic, and even most car drivers are not bothered, according to a survey conducted by Medián and 21 Research Centre in early August.
26th August, 2021
Kifli.hu expands service area
Kifli.hu has expanded its service area, now also covering the suburban agglomeration around Budapest, including Szentendre, and more communities at Lake Balaton: Aszófő, Balatonfőkajár, Balatonszabadi and Balatonföldvár, the food home delivery company announced on Wednesday.
25th August, 2021
Karácsony collects 20,000 signatures in one day
Gergely Karácsony, the prime ministerial candidate of the Socialist Party, Dialogue and LMP, collected in one day the 20,000 endorsements needed for him to become an official candidate at the upcoming opposition primary.
25th August, 2021
More guest workers to be admitted from September
The government decree allowing more guest workers to arrive from non-neighbouring countries comes into force on September 1, Népszava recalls.
24th August, 2021
Residential rental rates edge up in July
The summer has brought a recovery in the home rental market, according to a summary published by real estate listings site Ingatlan.com.
24th August, 2021
Wide-scale bribery alleged at hospital ward
The head nurse of a Budapest hospital asked the relatives of a patient to pay Ft 170,000 a month so that an elderly woman could stay in a long-term illnesses ward, 444 reports.
23rd August, 2021
Nébih orders destruction of GMO soybeans
Food safety authority Nébih announced on Thursday that it had ordered the destruction of 400 hectares of GMO-tainted soybeans in fields in Győr-Moson-Sopron and Vas counties in western Hungary.
23rd August, 2021
ANY reports highest-ever profit
Security document printer ANY announced a record Ft 1.7 billion net profit for the second quarter, up from Ft 9 million a year earlier.
19th August, 2021
BUX hits unprecedented heights
BUX, the index of the Budapest Stock Exchange, closed at 52,288.87 points, a new historic high, on Wednesday.
19th August, 2021
SkyShowtime coming to Hungary
Comcast and ViacomCBS have announced that they will jointly launch a new subscription video-on-demand service, SkyShowtime, in more than 20 European countries, including Hungary, for 90 million households from 2022.
19th August, 2021
Cinema Pink leaves Hungary
Cinema Pink is closing its cinema in MOM Park, the last unit of its chain in Hungary, the subsidiary of the Turkish company announced on Facebook on Wednesday.
18th August, 2021
Hungarians to be flown out of Kabul
A group of 26 Hungarians stranded in Kabul were to be flown out of the city on a British aircraft on Tuesday night, according to reports.
18th August, 2021
4-day vaccination programme in schools
Schools will host coronavirus vaccination days on August 30-31 and September 2-3, the government’s information website shows.
17th August, 2021
Air traffic controllers work to rule
Air traffic controllers have slowed down their work, observing all security rules, thereby forcing planes to circle around Liszt Ferenc International Airport in Budapest, after the government banned their strike on July 26, website 24 learned from pilots on Monday.
17th August, 2021
Union advocates faster minimum wage hikes
High inflation and the weaker forint have annulled the wage hike made at the beginning of the year, so the gross minimum wage should be increased to Ft 200,000 per month from January 1, 2022, president László Kordás of union alliance Maszsz told Népszava on Monday.
16th August, 2021
Eight killed in M7 bus crash
Eight people died when a Hungarian bus crashed and plunged into a roadside ditch on the M7 motorway 70km from Budapest at 4.55 a.m. Sunday morning.
16th August, 2021
Retail energy prices among lowest in Europe
Household electricity and gas prices in Budapest are still among the lowest among European capitals, according to the monthly report by the energy office MEKH.
13th August, 2021
Restrictions waived for August 20
All social restrictions will be lifted for the August 20 celebrations, government spokesman Zoltán Kovács confirmed at a Thursday press conference.
13th August, 2021
150,000 Magyars opt to stay in UK
More than 150,000 Hungarian citizens applied for a permanent UK residence permit by the end of June, according to figures released by the UK Home Office on Thursday.
12th August, 2021
OTP renews mobile and online services
OTP bank has renewed its mobile and online banking services, digital development director András Kuhárszki told Portfolio.
12th August, 2021
13-year-old people-smuggler caught
Police who stopped a car with Polish license plates on the M1 motorway in the Komárom area shortly after 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday were surprised to discover that the driver was a 13-year-old Croatian boy.
11th August, 2021
Housing prices dropping in Budapest
Some 80% of homeowners in Budapest reduced the offer price of their property in 2020 by an average of 4.3-4.5%, according to real estate listing site ingatlan.com. The trend has continued in 2021, it added.
11th August, 2021
Ural Airlines plans Budapest flights
Ural Airlines will launch flights to Budapest from Ekaterinburg and Moscow’s Zhukovsky Airport from September, the Russian airline announced on Tuesday.
10th August, 2021
Uzsoki hospital resumes A&E care
Accident and emergency care at Uzsoki Hospital resumed at 8 a.m. on Monday after it was shut down last Wednesday night.
10th August, 2021
Olympians to get Ft 2.4bn in rewards
All Hungarian Olympic medal winners and those athletes who finished among the top eight in their event will receive a cash prize from the government.
9th August, 2021
Malaysian got rich on gov’t deal
The Malaysian middleman through whom Hungary bought ventilators from China last year is a very wealthy man, 444 reports.
9th August, 2021
Wizz Air on hiring spree
Wizz Air plans to add 4,600 pilots to its staff by 2030 and has already started recruitment, the company announced on Friday.
9th August, 2021
Tesco expands partnership with Netpincér
UK retailer Tesco agreed with food delivery service Netpincér to expand the coverage of the service.
6th August, 2021
Rác spa hotel may open next year
The Rác spa and hotel could be opened to the public once again at the end of next year at the latest, according to Budapest deputy mayor Erzsébet Gy. Németh.
6th August, 2021
District announces vaccination raffle
The First District council is offering lottery prizes to young people living in the district who get vaccinated against the coronavirus by September 15.
5th August, 2021
Gov’t to renew roads in Tokaj region
The government has allocated Ft 52 billion for renewing the road network in the Tokaj wine region in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county over three years, the official gazette Magyar Közlöny wrote on Wednesday.
5th August, 2021
Asteroids named after Hungarians
Hungarian astronomers have named 16 recently discovered asteroids after famous Hungarians, including poet Endre Ady, writer and philosopher Béla Hamvas, mathematician Pál Erdős, poet Margit Kaffka, renowned physiotherapist Anna Dévény, and swimmer Katinka Hosszú.
4th August, 2021
Budakalász rejects film studio plans
The Budakalász town council unanimously rejected a proposal to build a large film studio in the town, at an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday.
4th August, 2021
Sziget Festival returning next year
After two years of cancellations due to the pandemic, organisers are confident that there will be a Sziget Festival next year. So much so that the date is already set for 2022: the festival will take place on August 10-15.
3rd August, 2021
Gov’t will not save Lake Velence
The government has decided not to spend money on replenishing the shrinking Lake Velence, according to Zoltán Tessely, the government commissioner responsible for the development of the lake.
3rd August, 2021
Auchan expands car sharing
Auchan has expanded the number of its units where the car sharing services of Share Now Magyarország are available from one, in Budaörs, to five, it was announced on Monday.
2nd August, 2021
Vaccinations mandatory for healthcare workers
Healthcare workers must receive the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine by September 1 or face dismissal, under a decree published on the weekend.
2nd August, 2021
Hungary to host Formula One to 2037
Formula One races will be hosted at the Hungaroring track until at least 2037, Innovation and Technology Minister László Palkovics said on Saturday after he signed the related contract with chairman and CEO of the race organiser Stefano Domenicalli.
30th July, 2021
New, bigger yacht for Hungary’s elite
A new luxury yacht has been transferred to L&L Charter, the Maltese offshore company which also owns the ship Lady Mrd, Átlátszó reports.
30th July, 2021
25% of food products have different quality in the
A quarter of the same-brand food products sold by multinational companies are of different quality in Austria and Germany than in Hungary, the food safety authority Nébih found after completing its three-year examination into the question.
29th July, 2021
Wizz Air reports loss in Q2
Wizz Air realised a €119 million net loss in the second quarter, larger than a year earlier, the low-cost airline reported on Wednesday.
29th July, 2021
Hosszú off to bad start in Tokyo
Swimmer Katinka Hosszú has failed to retain her 400-metre and 200-metre medley Olympic titles, finishing fifth in the former event on Sunday and seventh in the latter on Wednesday.
28th July, 2021
PM bans air traffic controllers strike
Two decrees issued on Monday banned air traffic controllers from going on strike, one day before a planned walkout in a labour dispute.
28th July, 2021
Hungary failing to catch up with EU
Most Eastern European countries have been able to reduce their income disadvantage relative to the EU over the last 15 years, but Hungary has not, according to a study by TÁRKI.
28th July, 2021
People-smugglers’ van stuck in mud
Three Romanian people-smugglers planning to drive 26 Syrians to Austria were caught after their van got stuck in the mud on a wet dirt road near Borota in Bács county, the county prosecutor’s office announced.
27th July, 2021
Fidesz avoids questions on Pegasus
Fidesz MPs stayed away from a meeting of Parliament’s national security committee on Monday, so the meeting had no quorum.
27th July, 2021
Russian tourists can come to Hungary
Russian tourists who have been inoculated against the coronavirus are free to travel to Hungary from Tuesday, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó announced on his Facebook page on Monday morning.
27th July, 2021
Austria reinforces Hungary border
Austria is beefing up its border defence because of the rising number of migrants, Interior Minister Karl Nehammer and Defence Minister Klaudia Tanner told a press conference in Vienna on Monday.
26th July, 2021
Costa Coffee closing down
Café chain Costa Coffee is closing down its Hungarian units with the exception of its unit at Budapest Airport, the company said in a Facebook post, citing the impact of the pandemic and a dispute with the parent company.
26th July, 2021
20,000 hired in expanded subsidy scheme
Companies hired 19,000 registered jobseekers under the age of 25 in the framework of the government’s subsidised programme for young unemployed, Innovation and Technology Ministry state secretary Sándor Bodó announced on Friday.
26th July, 2021
Fencer makes Olympic history
Two-time Olympic sabre fencing champion Áron Szilágyi made sports history in Tokyo on Saturday when he defeated Luigi Samele of Italy 15-7 in the final at the Olympics and won his third Olympic gold medal.
23rd July, 2021
Thousands of teaching jobs vacant
Applications are being invited for nearly 3,500 teaching posts at primary and secondary schools on the public sector job portal, and nearly 1,000 for kindergarten teachers’ posts, Népszava reports.
23rd July, 2021
Spar invests over Ft 1bn on revamps
Spar has spent more than Ft 1 billion on upgrading two stores, the Austrian-based retailer announced Thursday.
22nd July, 2021
Alibaba brings BA record cargo traffic
Liszt Ferenc International Airport handled 15,233 tons of cargo in June, 52.6% more than in the same period of 2020, airport operator Budapest Airport (BA) said on Wednesday.
22nd July, 2021
Property firm fined for misleading pics
A court has rejected an appeal from real estate developer Hermina Bau and given the company a Ft 3.5 million fine.
21st July, 2021
Vodafone to interrupt customer service
Vodafone will renew its mobile customer service during July 24-28, which means that certain services will not be available, Portfolio writes.
21st July, 2021
Volánbusz acquires 500 new buses
State coach company Volánbusz has signed purchase contracts with three firms for 503 new buses, it announced on Tuesday.
20th July, 2021
Short-term home rentals fall in Budapest
Short-term home rental prices, mostly used by students, dropped 10% in central Budapest and 14% in regional centres, from the first half of last year, property agent Otthon Centrum said. Rents rose 4% in other areas of Budapest and 10% in smaller cities.
20th July, 2021
Lázár presents Makó bath refurb
The Ft 10 billion expansion of the Makó thermal bath - and related works - has begun, government commissioner for the project and Fidesz MP János Lázár announced in the town in Csongrád county on Sunday.

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