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11th June, 2021
BA and gov’t in dispute over rail link
The airport operator Budapest Airport and the government cannot reach agreement on strategic issues such as a rail link to the airport, which is why the latter would like to repurchase the operating rights, Magyar Nemzet writes.
11th June, 2021
Mahart takes over BKV’s boat service
Mahart Passnave has taken over the Budapest public boat transport service from city-owned transport company BKV, and operates the boats from June 4, the Budapest transport centre BKK announced on Thursday.
11th June, 2021
IKEA opens delivery point in Zalaegerszeg
IKEA has opened a new delivery point in Zalaegerszeg, the subsidiary of the Swedish furniture and home design chain said on Thursday.
10th June, 2021
EP approves uniform EU Covid cards
The European Parliament yesterday approved plans to introduce a single EU Covid immunity card from July 1.
10th June, 2021
Szijjártó eases travel to Morocco
Hungary and Morocco have agreed to recognise one another’s coronavirus protection cards, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó announced at a joint press conference with Moroccan Foreign Minister Nászer Burita in Rabat on Wednesday.
10th June, 2021
Southern M0 bridge lanes to close for the summer
Half of the southern M0 bridge, the Deák Ferenc or Hárosi Bridge, will be closed for the summer, beginning on June 16 and ending in late August, because of renovation works, state infrastructure development company NIF announced on Wednesday.
9th June, 2021
Tourism agency renewing exhibition centre
State tourism agency MTÜ is renewing the Bálna (“Whale”) exhibition centre in the Ninth District in Budapest for a net Ft 2.6 billion, according to the EU public procurement website.
9th June, 2021
Police officers arrested over beating
Three police officers suspected of severely beating a man a few days ago have been arrested.
8th June, 2021
Gyms on the brink of collapse
Around a third of Hungary’s fitness clubs could go under in three to six months, if guests do not return or the sector gets no government help, president Zsolt Nyárasdi of fitness clubs association Maforsz told business daily Világgazdaság.
8th June, 2021
Wolves ravaging farmers’ livestock
Attacks by wolves on sheep and calves are causing a big problem in and around Füzér in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county.
7th June, 2021
Thousands protest against Fudan and Fidesz
A crowd of several thousand people marched from Heroes Square to Kossuth tér on Saturday afternoon in a protest demonstration against plans to build a Fudan University campus in Budapest and against the government more generally.
7th June, 2021
Unesco objects to Lake Fertő developments
A state hotel construction project at Lake Fertő on the Austrian border may damage the integrity of the World Heritage Site, and its classification as of Outstanding Universal Value may be lost, Unesco has warned.
4th June, 2021
Cabinet donates ventilators to Tunisia and Moldova
The Hungarian cabinet has offered 30 ventilators to NATO “to support the efforts of allies against the Covid-19 pandemic,” the latest issue of Magyar Közlöny states.
4th June, 2021
Two Hungarian films invited to Cannes
Feature films Evolution, directed by Kornél Mundruczó, and Ildikó Enyedi’s The Story of My Wife have been invited to the Cannes film festival, scheduled for July 6-17.
3rd June, 2021
Hungary lends 300,000 vaccines to Slovenia
Hungary is “lending” 300,000 doses of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine to Slovenia, according to a cabinet resolution published in Tuesday’s Magyar Közlöny.
3rd June, 2021
Single-use plastics banned from July
The government has banned the use of most single-use plastic products from July 1, it was confirmed in the Wednesday issue of the official gazette Magyar Közlöny.
2nd June, 2021
Two-thirds oppose Fudan project
Two-thirds of ordinary people do not support the planned construction of the Chinese Fudan University campus in Budapest, a survey conducted by the Republikon Institute reveals.
2nd June, 2021
Roads near Fudan site renamed
Mayors Krisztina Baranyi of the Ninth District and Gergely Karácsony of Budapest will today announce and inaugurate new street names for the roads on which the government plans to build the Fudan University campus.
2nd June, 2021
Gov’t to renew Tisza Palace for Ft 7bn
The government has allocated nearly Ft 7 billion for renewing the Tisza palace in Geszt, a village in Békés county, according to the Monday edition of official gazette Magyar Közlöny.
1st June, 2021
OTP buys Slovene bank
OTP has acquired Slovenia’s second-largest bank, Nova KBM, the Hungarian lender announced on Monday after the signing of the agreement.
1st June, 2021
Covid fatality rate falls to five
Officials recorded five coronavirus deaths on Sunday, as the figure fell below ten for the first time since September of last year.
1st June, 2021
Memorial to Hableány victims unveiled
A memorial dedicated to the victims of the Hableány tourist boat disaster was unveiled at the scene of the accident at the Pest side of the Margaret Bridge in Budapest on Monday.
31st May, 2021
Indian variant appears in Hungary
The Indian variant of the Covid-19 virus has appeared in Hungary, István György, head of the inoculation working team, announced at the emergency task force press conference on Friday.
31st May, 2021
Investigation into Mátrai Erőmű pollution revived
The Gyöngyös prosecutors’ office has started an investigation into the pollution caused by Mátrai Erőmű in November 2019, when the power plant was still owned by Lőrinc Mészáros, Dialogue MP Olivio Kocsis-Cake announced on Friday.
31st May, 2021
Boat passenger falls into Danube
A passenger on board the pleasure boat Európa raised himself on to the scaffolding of the Chain Bridge as the ship passed under the structure on Saturday evening but failed to let go before the ship sailed on.
28th May, 2021
Right to buy flats linked to five-year tenancy
Only tenants who have been living for at least five years in flats owned by the local council will be eligible to buy the property for as little as 15% of market value, Fidesz MP László Böröcz told RTL Híradó on Wednesday night.
28th May, 2021
INA’s price tag expensive for Croatia
The question of whether the Croatian government will repurchase MOL’s 49.2% stake in oil company INA will be decided within months, Croatian Economy Minister Tomislav Coric told Zagreb daily Vecernji list on Tuesday.
28th May, 2021
Hungary gives vaccines to Cape Verde
Hungary will donate 100,000 doses of vaccines against the coronavirus to the Republic of Cape Verde, to help it combat the pandemic and to make sure that no new wave of migration should leave for Europe because of a poor health situation, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in Lisbon on Thursday.
27th May, 2021
State fully purchases Balaton Airport
The state fully acquired the Sármellék airport near Lake Balaton during the pandemic, Népszava reports.
27th May, 2021
Riverside to be pedestrian-friendly
The upgrade of the Pest lower riverside road will begin on June 7 with the closure of the section between the Margit Bridge and Parliament.
27th May, 2021
Cinema City reopening next week
Cinema City theatres will reopen on June 3, after 203 days of closure, the market-leading chain announced on Wednesday.
26th May, 2021
EU leaders ban Belarus planes
No planes from Belarus may fly to the EU and European airlines are asked not to use the Belarus air space, the EU heads of state and government decided at their summit in Brussels Monday night.
26th May, 2021
IKEA opening Balaton delivery points
IKEA will open new delivery points at the Tesco car parks in Balatonboglár and Siófok on May 28 and May 29 respectively, the Swedish furniture chain announced on Tuesday.
25th May, 2021
Orbán: goodbye to masks
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Friday announced the easing of social restrictions by Sunday, on the basis that five million people would be inoculated before the holiday weekend was over.
25th May, 2021
Protest planned for Student City
András Jámbor, candidate for MP of the Szikra Movement at the opposition primary in Budapest’s Eighth and Ninth Districts, has announced a demonstration on Heroes Square at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 5 in favour of the Student City project and against Fidesz policies.
25th May, 2021
Hotels accept vaccination app
Hotels, restaurants and spas will accept the electronic version of vaccination certificates as well, the government announced on Friday.
21st May, 2021
Decline in home rents may be over
Home rental rates were down 0.3% year-on-year in April nationwide, on average, but edged up 1.3% from March, the first monthly growth in 12 months, according to the home rent index compiled by the Central Statistics Office and Ingatlan.com.
21st May, 2021
Flood carries rubbish along river
The highest level of water quality damage preparedness had to be ordered on the Hungarian section of the Szamos river, after a significant amount of rubbish flowed in from Romania.
21st May, 2021
City bike-sharing system renewed
The Budapest bike sharing system MOL Bubi, operated by the Budapest Public Transport Centre (BKK) and oil and gas company MOL, was relaunched Thursday afternoon after six months. The bikes are lighter, the rental is easier.
20th May, 2021
20% of hospital beds saved for Covid
Human Resources Minister Miklós Kásler announced the next steps of the restart of healthcare on his Facebook page.
20th May, 2021
End of free parking ahead
The cabinet plans to abolish free parking in city centres when the number of people vaccinated exceeds five million, Világgazdaság reports.
20th May, 2021
Cross-border ferry construction starts
Strabag has started building the infrastructure for a Danube ferry connection between Neszmély in Hungary and Radvan na Dunajom in Slovakia, mayor István Janovics of the village in Komárom-Esztergom county announced on Wednesday.
19th May, 2021
Hungary rejects global minimum corporate tax
Hungary will not accept a global minimum corporate tax, as it would lead to tax increases, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó declared after meeting with Mathias Cormann, the next secretary general of the OECD.
19th May, 2021
Forint at strongest level in 2021
The forint continued to gain ground against major currencies yesterday after MNB deputy governor Barnabás Virág hinted on Monday that the central bank may raise rates at its June rate-setting meeting.
19th May, 2021
MFB extends interest-free loans to suppliers
State development bank MFB has extended eligibility for the government’s interest-free loans of up to Ft 10 million.
18th May, 2021
Cainiao speeds up China deliveries
Logistics firm Cainiao has started direct cargo flights between Zhengzhou, China and Budapest, owner the Alibaba Group announced on Monday.
18th May, 2021
Nearly 2.5mn have lost income
Some 25% of Hungarians are living on less money, and 8% have a much lower income since the start of the epidemic, according to a survey conducted by the left-leaning Publicus Institute at the end of April.
17th May, 2021
Fidesz mayors against housing bill
We are witnessing a rare phenomenon Telex writes: Fidesz politicians are publicly criticising a Fidesz bill.
17th May, 2021
Vaccination app now available
As of Friday, a mobile app certifying protection can be downloaded, which confirms vaccination and replaces the card, the government website koronavirus.gov.hu wrote on Friday.
17th May, 2021
Travel to Czech Republic eased
An agreement has been reached with the Czech Republic, so vaccinated Hungarians and Czechs can now travel between the two countries without any quarantine or testing obligations from Saturday, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó announced on Friday.
14th May, 2021
Wizz Air announces largest route expansion to date
Wizz Air will launch 32 new routes to 19 destinations from Italy from July, in the largest route expansion in its history, the Hungarian-owned low-cost airline announced on Thursday.
14th May, 2021
Gov’t allows wedding parties
Wedding parties can again take place from May 28, regardless of the number of inoculations, Prime Minister’s Office leader Gergely Gulyás told his weekly press conference.
14th May, 2021
Man claims that vaccinations wiped out village
Criminal proceedings were ordered against a man from Nagykanizsa for claiming on social media that everyone in a small village near Nyíregyháza had died after being vaccinated, police Lt. Col. Róbert Kiss announced at the emergency task force press conference.
13th May, 2021
Travel to Croatia not so simple
Contrary to the May 5 announcement by Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó, travel by Hungarians to Croatia requires more than a vaccination card, website 444 reports.
13th May, 2021
Erste to compete with OTP for Slovene bank
Erste has entered the contest to buy Slovene bank Nova KBM, competing against OTP bank, the Slovene newspaper Finance reports.
12th May, 2021
Vaccine app shows vaccine type
The government’s vaccine protection app has been completed and will be available for smartphones and tablets within a few days, Magyar Hírlap was informed.
12th May, 2021
Socialists would protect public beaches
The Socialists want to protect the public beaches of natural lakes with a law, website 444 reports.
11th May, 2021
Activists boost vaccinations in villages
In order to promote registration for the coronavirus vaccination, a nationwide, comprehensive campaign was launched in mid-April with the participation of activists from the Civil Council Association, the Civil College Foundation, the Rendszerszint and the 1Hungary Initiative, co-ordinated by the National Roma Authority.
11th May, 2021
City centre housing prices drop
The average price of flats in central Budapest was Ft 762,000 per square metre in the first four months, down by 5% year-on-year, property agency Otthon Centrum reports.
10th May, 2021
Momentum demands right of assembly
Momentum president András Fekete-Győr and MEP Anna Donáth announced on Friday that the party will file a complaint with the Constitutional Court against the restriction of the right of assembly.
10th May, 2021
Győr resistant to new developments
A water leisure park will be built in Győr, as part of the Modern Cities programme, Prime Minister’s Office leader Gergely Gulyás said at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the project in the city on Thursday.
7th May, 2021
MOL might consider buying Budapest airport
Answering a speculative question about rumours, chairman and CEO Zsolt Hernádi said MOL might investigate the possibility of purchasing the Liszt Ferenc International Airport in Budapest.
7th May, 2021
Sziget festival called off again
The Sziget Festival has again been cancelled this year, organisers announced on Thursday.
6th May, 2021
Plan may circumvent local referendum on Fudan
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has instructed Innovation and Technology Minister László Palkovics to redraw the Budapest Student City and Fudan Hungary University project in such a way that the developments will not take place on any local council-owned land.
6th May, 2021
Book Week planned for September
This year’s Book Week festival will take place on September 2-5, book publishers and distributors association MKKE announced on Wednesday.
5th May, 2021
Momentum promises free university tuition
If Momentum can form a cabinet, then the first university or college degree will be provided to everybody for free, party leader and prime ministerial candidate András Fekete-Győr announced in a live Facebook broadcast on Tuesday.
5th May, 2021
Tennis Federation drops Fed Cup tournament
In a surprise move, the Hungarian Tennis Federation has cancelled plans to host the Billie Jean King Cup tennis tournament, formerly known as the Fed Cup.
4th May, 2021
Plan for car-free City Park outlined
Preparation of development projects in traffic and public transport designed to rid City Park of cars is beginning, Budapest Development Centre director Dávid Vitézy wrote on his Facebook page on Monday.
4th May, 2021
Foreigners can register for vaccination
Foreigners living in Hungary who have no health insurance (TÁJ) number can register for inoculation from Tuesday, chief medical officer Cecília Müller told the emergency task force press conference on Monday.
3rd May, 2021
Sudden release of Pfizer vaccines creates chaos
Huge lines, hundreds of metres long, formed at hospital vaccination points on Friday morning following the government’s snap announcement that 100,000 Pfizer vaccines would be available on that day only.
3rd May, 2021
Tourism agency expects record domestic season
There is a chance of a record summer season in domestic tourism as pre-bookings have surpassed one million for every summer month, CEO Zoltán Guller of state tourism agency MTÜ told Magyar Nemzet.
30th April, 2021
Paks loan repayment to start five years later
Hungary will start the repayment of the €10 billion Russian loan taken for the nuclear power plant expansion project Paks II only in 2031, five years later than the original date of 2026, Russian news agency RIA Novosti learned.
30th April, 2021
Hunguest Hotels opening ten units
The Hunguest Hotels chain will open ten of its units to the public on May 7, the company owned by Opus, the listed holding controlled by Lőrinc Mészáros, announced on Thursday.
29th April, 2021
MPs exempt under-25s from income tax
Parliament on Wednesday passed a bill waiving personal income tax obligations for those under 25 years of age, Minister without portfolio for Family Affairs Katalin Novák said in a video on her Facebook page.
29th April, 2021
Greenpeace challenges Lake Fertő project
Greenpeace is launching a lawsuit against the Government Office at Győr Court in a bid to halt a giant state investment project planned on the shore of Lake Fertő on the Austrian border.
29th April, 2021
Music centre planned for festival island
A master plan is being developed for a pop music centre on Hajógyári island in Budapest, ministerial commissioner and head of the Petőfi Literary Museum (PIM) Szilárd Demeter told Népszava on Wednesday.
28th April, 2021
Bp Airport signs agreement with Henan Airport
Budapest Airport has signed a co-operation agreement with the Henan Airport Group, which operates the airport of the city of Zhengzhou in China, Innovation and Technology Ministry state secretary László Mosóczi announced yesterday at Liszt Ferenc Airport.
28th April, 2021
Bankcards used in 22% of shop purchases in 2020
The use of bankcards accounted for 22% of all shop payments and 40% of the value of goods purchased in 2020, the MNB found in its study released on Tuesday.
27th April, 2021
Danubius prepares for hotel openings
Danubius Hotels and its health spa units will reopen four hotels in the countryside from May 13, the hotel chain announced on Monday.
27th April, 2021
Cabinet finalises next round of easing
The beginning of the nightly curfew will be put back to midnight, according to a new cabinet decree posted on the government website on Monday.
26th April, 2021
Terraces filled as restrictions eased
In an unusual move, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had himself photographed with a mug of beer on a public terrace, as life returned to bar, café and restaurant patios on Saturday afternoon.
26th April, 2021
MÁV provides bodycams to conductors
MÁV-Start is purchasing an additional 1,000 body cameras for its conductors, to help prevent attacks against employees, the state-owned passenger railway company announced on Sunday.
23rd April, 2021
Terraces will open on Saturday
The start of the nightly curfew will be put back to 11 p.m., and restaurant, bar and café terraces can stay open until 9.30 p.m. from Saturday, Prime Minister’s Office leader Gergely Gulyás told his weekly press conference on Thursday.
23rd April, 2021
Housing market revs up in first quarter
Real estate broker Otthon Centrum reported record turnover during the first quarter, as the January-March sales data was the strongest in 20 years for the period with a 40% year-on-year rise in the number of transactions.
23rd April, 2021
Upgrade of Citadella begins
A renovation of the Citadella fortress atop Gellért Hill in Budapest has begun.
22nd April, 2021
Cabinet plans 10-day inoculation campaign
The cabinet is planning a “a massive inoculation phase” over the next two weeks, according to an e-mail message sent by István György, head of the national vaccination working team, to family doctors.
22nd April, 2021
GKI forecasts drop in home loans
A significant proportion of households is unable to take up home purchasing loans due to their low income, inactivity or unemployment, GKI concluded in a study published on Wednesday.
21st April, 2021
New Budapest railway bridge tested
The new Budapest railway bridge – actually the third track on the South Railway Bridge –was tested with heavy trains on Monday night, state infrastructure developer NIF said on Tuesday.
21st April, 2021
Tractor collides with two trains
A tractor first collided with a passenger train and then with another oncoming train at a level crossing in Újfehértó, Szabolcs county, at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Interior Ministry announced.
20th April, 2021
Kifli.hu launches own brand products
Kifli.hu is launching its own brand products under the name Miil, the Czech-owned food delivery company announced on Monday.
20th April, 2021
Cabinet supports neutering of rural dogs and cats
The government has made Ft 500 million available to villages to provide identification chips for pets, inoculate dogs against rabies and neuter dogs and cats.
19th April, 2021
Local mayor initiates referendum on Chinese uni
Ninth District mayor Krisztina Baranyi has announced on Facebook that as a member of the Budapest city council and as mayor of Ferencváros she is initiating a local referendum on the matter of the government’s plans to build a campus of China’s Fudan University in the district.
19th April, 2021
Artisan chocolatier expands capacity
Family-owned sweets maker Stühmer has announced plans to invest Ft 300 million at its plant in Eger, where it produces artisan chocolates and pastries.
16th April, 2021
Huge profits at vaccine intermediary
Danubia Pharma, the government intermediary for the shipment of Sinopharm vaccines from China, saw revenues jump ten-fold last year, to Ft 3.4 billion, Menedzsment Fórum writes, citing the company’s annual report.
16th April, 2021
Wizz Air sees gradual recovery this summer
Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air said it expects the aviation industry to recover partially by late summer as it published preliminary figures for its fiscal year ending March 31.
16th April, 2021
New MOL Bubi bikes coming soon
Testing of the renewed public bike system MOL Bubi has begun, the Budapest Transport Centre (BKK) announced on Thursday.
15th April, 2021
Test drilling begins for M5 metro line
The first phase of construction of the M5 metro line has started with test drilling at Kálvin tér, the Budapest Development Centre (BFK) announced.
15th April, 2021
IKEA opens collection point in Szeged
IKEA will open its fourth collection point in Hungary in Szeged on April 20, the Swedish furniture retailer said on Wednesday.
14th April, 2021
Mayor threatens gov’t over Student City project
The Student City development planned for Budapest’s Ninth District is important and will be built next to the Fudan University to be built by China, Prime Minister’s Office leader Gergely Gulyás told ATV on Tuesday.
14th April, 2021
87% of teachers against reopening
The vast majority of educators would rather continue teaching online than see classrooms reopen next week, according to a nationwide representative survey.
13th April, 2021
Budapest Bank launches full online personal credit
Budapest Bank has launched the technology for a fully online personal loan-taking process that does not require any visit to a branch, the member of the Magyar Bankholding announced on Monday.
13th April, 2021
Hadházy finds Tiborcz hotel busy
“It seems that the luxury hotel owned by István Tiborcz is not subject to the epidemic measures”, as the Botaniq hotel in Tura seems to be busy during the epidemic, ac-cording to independent MP Ákos Hadházy.
12th April, 2021
Opposition would scrap registration
The opposition parties are recommending that the government cancel the registration requirement for vaccinations in order to inoculate the population as quickly and widely as possible.
12th April, 2021
Right-wingers more wary of vaccines
Right-wing voters are more sceptical of vac-cinations than opposition supporters, accord-ing to a Publicus Institute survey commis-sioned by Népszava.

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