HATC SAMPLE EDITION:
   Politics & Foreign Relations

   Economic News

   Business News

   Other News of Interest

   All stories


6th February, 2023
Szijjártó blames Germany for factory protests
Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó asserted on Saturday that German financial interests are behind the protests against plans to build an EV battery factory in Debrecen.
6th February, 2023
Hungary’s cancer mortality rate is EU’s highest
Hungary has the highest mortality rate due to cancer in the EU, the Hungarian Anti-Cancer League pointed out on Saturday as it marked World Cancer Day.
3rd February, 2023
ECHR blames Hungary for death of refugee
Hungarian authorities are responsible for the death of 22-year-old Syrian Farhan Alhowais, who drowned in the Tisza in 2016 as a result of police brutality and violent coercion, the European Court of Human Rights ruled yesterday.
3rd February, 2023
Police crack down on orthopaedic aids scam
Officers from the National Bureau of Investigations have caught 17 people – six doctors, the chief executives of eight companies and three employees – in a fraud case related to medical orthopaedic aids, after an investigation that began in November.
2nd February, 2023
Electrolux to close Nyíregyháza factory next year
Electrolux will discontinue the production of refrigerators at its factory in Nyíregyháza from January 2024, due to the significantly changed business environment and low demand, the Swedish company announced on Wednesday.
2nd February, 2023
OTP’s Slovenia acquisition approved
The Slovenian competition authority approved OTP’s purchase of Nova KBM bank at its meeting on January 31, the Hungarian lender announced on Wednesday.
1st February, 2023
Appeninn sells last tourism asset
Appeninn has sold its 51% stake in Solum-Invest, operator of the yacht port in Balatonfüred, its last investment in the tourism sector, the property developer announced on Tuesday.
1st February, 2023
Hundreds attend TGM funeral
Philosopher Miklós Gáspár Tamás was laid to rest at Farkasrét cemetery Tuesday afternoon in a ceremony attended by hundreds of mourners, and led by pastor Gábor Iványi, the head of the Hungarian Evangelical Brotherhood.
30th January, 2023
Hundreds rally against battery factory
Nearly 1,000 people demonstrated in downtown Debrecen on Saturday against the planned construction of an electric vehicle (EV) battery factory in the town.
27th January, 2023
IKEA reports 20% revenue growth
IKEA’s revenue grew from Ft 109.2 billion in 2021 to Ft 130 billion, last year, nearly a 20% rise, the subsidiary of the Swedish furniture and home design shop announced on Thursday.
27th January, 2023
Auchan workers unhappy with pay rise
Auchan Hungary will increase the gross wages of all full-time employees by Ft 32,000 a month from January 1, the subsidiary of the French hypermarket chain announced on Wednesday.
26th January, 2023
Rents lower in December
Home rental rates in Hungary fell for the first time in two years on a monthly basis in December, down 0.7% at a national level and sinking by 0.9% in Budapest, according to data compiled by the Central Statistics Office from listings site Ingatlan.com.
26th January, 2023
Budapest taxi fares to rise by 10%
Budapest city council yesterday voted to raise regulated taxi fares in the city by 10% from March 6.
25th January, 2023
Gov’t may buy city-owned spas
The government is considering a plan to expropriate spas from local governments, with the argument that they do not have sufficient finances to pay the high energy bills, Telex learned from a draft suggesting “a rethink of the ownership structure of the spas”.
25th January, 2023
Ryanair’s O’Leary announces Belfast flights
Ryanair will operate flights between Budapest and Belfast in the summer, CEO of the low-cost airline Michael O’Leary announced at a press conference in Budapest on Tuesday.
24th January, 2023
New Komárom investment may be battery factory
The government has declared the expansion of the industrial park in Komárom to be a matter of special importance from the point of view of the national economy, leading many to suspect that the government is preparing the way for a new EV battery manufacturing plant.
24th January, 2023
Student visas seen as tool for migration
About 10-20% of foreign students admitted to Hungarian universities soon abandon their studies and simply move to Western Europe, in what an anonymous education expert described as “a more intelligent, less costly and more convenient form of migration”, Index reports.
23rd January, 2023
Law mandates Hungarian text in all ads
Foreign-language texts published in Hungarian media products, and in radio and TV commercials, must also be presented in Hungarian, apart from a few exceptions, effective January 22, the Day of Hungarian Culture.
23rd January, 2023
Wizz Air adds new flights to Turkey
Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz Air has added new flights to Turkey from Budapest and announced the launch of its first flights from Romania.
20th January, 2023
ECHR condemns failure to examine police brutality
The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg on Thursday reprimanded the Hungarian state as the authorities failed to investigate a case of inhumane and humiliating treatment.
19th January, 2023
MNB orders banks to maintain ATMs
The MNB has ordered banks to maintain a minimum number of ATMs in relation to the number of bank cards they have issued, in a decree published in Magyar Közlöny.
19th January, 2023
Over 100,000 visit El Greco exhibition
Over 100,000 people have visited the El Greco exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts since it opened at the end of October.
18th January, 2023
Older military officers to be eased out
Citing a need to rejuvenate the armed forces, Defence Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky announced yesterday that military personnel with at least 25 years of service can be dismissed upon reaching the age of 45.
18th January, 2023
MÁV: discount tickets for cultural capital events
MÁV is launching a Ft 2,023 discount ticket for selected events of the Veszprém-Balaton 2023 European Capital of Culture programme, the state railway company announced on Monday.
17th January, 2023
Vodafone to be rebranded in Hungary
Mobile-phone operator Vodafone will be rebranded in Hungary, following its recent acquisition by 4iG and the state, 444 reports, citing industry sources.
17th January, 2023
Nearly 400 migrants caught on weekend
Police took action against 376 migrants from Friday through Sunday, the National Police announced yesterday.
16th January, 2023
Police officer stabbed to death
One of three policemen stabbed by a man in an incident in the 11th District on Thursday night has died of his wounds.
16th January, 2023
State media reporter sacked for operating brothels
A reporter on the Duna TV crime exposé show “Kékfény” has been fired following his arrest by police on suspicion of running brothels, state media manager MTVA confirmed on Sunday.
13th January, 2023
Neuzer plans to make e-bikes
Neuzer, the largest Hungarian-owned bicycle manufacturer, is investing Ft 750 million in building an automated storage facility in its factory in Esztergom, owner András Neuzer announced in the town on Thursday.
13th January, 2023
Budapest Airport installing e-chargers
Budapest Airport will install 83 electric car chargers with 102 charging points at a total cost of Ft 1.3 billion, to serve its own fleet and partner companies operating at the airport, the airport operator announced on Wednesday.
13th January, 2023
GVH fines Slovak online distributor of Elf Bar
GVH has penalised Slovak online retailer Yzer, the former Vaper, with the maximum fine for illegally advertising electronic cigarette Elf Bar to Hungarian consumers, the competition authority announced on Thursday.
12th January, 2023
Majority against allowing cars on Chain Bridge
Most Budapest residents agree with the current traffic order on the Chain Bridge, under which only buses, taxis and cyclists may use the road, according to a recent survey.
12th January, 2023
MTelekom stops printing phone books
Magyar Telekom will no longer produce printed phone books, meaning there will be no successor to the 2022 edition, the company announced on Wednesday.
11th January, 2023
Hadházy condemns one-person parties
Independent MP Ákos Hadházy suggested that the last thing the opposition needs is another party as he politely but firmly rejected an invitation to join Péter Márki-Zay’s new party.
11th January, 2023
Marie Claire appoints new editor
Marie Claire has appointed Krisztina Tóth-Szántó as its new editor-in-chief, replacing Eszter Tiefenthaler, publisher of the women’s magazine Centrál Media Group announced on Tuesday.
10th January, 2023
EC suspends Erasmus+ at foundation-run unis
Those Hungarian educational institutions managed by foundations cannot obtain new funds from the EU-funded Erasmus+ co-operation and education exchange programme nor the Horizont Europa research and innovation general programme, Népszava reports.
9th January, 2023
MotoGP racetrack project halted
The construction of a MotoGP race track in Hajdúnánás has been suspended and may never be completed, RTL news reports.
9th January, 2023
Márki-Zay to form new party for EU elections
Hódmezővásárhely mayor Péter Márki-Zay announced in an interview with Index that he will run at the European Parliament elections in 2024 with a new party which is yet to be registered.
6th January, 2023
University announces search for new rector
The Moholy-Nagy Arts University (MOME) has announced an international call for applications as it seeks a new rector, the first Hungarian university to enter the international market, Napi reports.
6th January, 2023
Funding doubled for film on Mongol invasion
The Film Institute has doubled the subsidy for the movie 1242 – At the Gates of the West, a film about the Mongol invasion of Hungary, by adding Ft 1.232 billion to its budget, website Filmhu reports.
5th January, 2023
Investor interest strong in property market
Investors accounted for more than 40% of home purchases in Budapest in every month of 2022 except June, listed real estate broker Duna House said on Wednesday.
5th January, 2023
Late night skating parties set for Saturday
Dozens of skating rinks will take part in the seventh annual Night of Ice Rinks, set for this coming Saturday, January 7,
4th January, 2023
20% of shops on Nagykörút sit empty
Of the 662 shops on the Pest side of the grand boulevard, the Nagykörút, that have shop windows and entrance from the street, 129 or 20% are closed, according to a count by website G7.
4th January, 2023
Analyst warns of potato and pork shortages
Shortages of potatoes and pork may develop this month, as domestic reserves will run out in January, agricultural economist György Raskó told Jazzy Rádió on Tuesday.
3rd January, 2023
Home sales fall to eight-year low
Home sales were down 19% year-on-year and 43% month-on-month to 6,474 in December, the lowest figure for the year, according to estimates by real estate broker Duna House.
3rd January, 2023
45 post offices reopened
Magyar Posta yesterday reopened 45 post offices in 32 settlements based on agreements concluded with local governments.
2nd January, 2023
Film industry breaks records
Spending on movie production in Hungary rose by 20% to more than Ft 250 billion in 2022, a new record and most of that came in foreign currency, government commissioner for the film industry Csaba Káel said in an interview with Origo.
2nd January, 2023
Motorway vignette prices rise steeply
The price of a one-month motorway vignette rose to Ft 8,900 from January 1, from Ft 5,210 in 2022, and the price of a one-year vignette to Ft 49,190 from Ft 46,850, according to data from toll system operator NÚSZ.
30th December, 2022
Border guards replace soldiers
The last soldiers guarding Hungary’s southern border against illegal immigrants left on Thursday, as they have been replaced by the newly created border guard force.
30th December, 2022
Website helps to find price-capped products
The website holvehetek.hu has been created to inform users about shops where officially price-capped foodstuffs are available, Index reports.
29th December, 2022
People-smuggler caught after car chase in Buda
Police caught a people-smuggler after what 444 describes as a “film-worthy” car chase into central Buda on Tuesday night involving nine police cars.
29th December, 2022
Budapest spas raise prices
Budapest’s city-owned public baths will raise their prices by 10-33% from January 1, because of rising natural gas costs, the spa operator company BGYH announced.
28th December, 2022
Digital citizenship ahead
The cabinet has approved a National Digital Citizenship Programme designed to considerably simplify communication between citizens and various government bodies, it was announced on Friday.
28th December, 2022
Windfall tax imposed on drug makers
The government decreed a windfall tax on drug makers late Friday night, embedding the announcement in 240 pages of unrelated legislative changes.
28th December, 2022
Gunmaker Colt to set up joint venture with state
The Colt CZ Group has signed an agreement with the Hungarian state-owned company N7 Holding to set up a joint venture in Hungary, in which the Czech company will have a 51% stake, the weapons manufacturer announced.
22nd December, 2022
Airport passenger numbers fall below 1 million
Airport manager Budapest Airport announced on Tuesday that 969,888 passengers passed through Ferenc Liszt International Airport in November, below this year’s monthly average of one million.
22nd December, 2022
Local councils subsidise post offices
Several local authorities are spending tens of millions of forints to keep post offices open after Magyar Posta announced massive cutbacks in the autumn.
22nd December, 2022
Aldi raises pay for third time this year
Aldi Hungary yesterday announced plans to increase the salaries of its employees in sales assistant, logistics and administrative positions by an average of 10% from January 1, 2023.
21st December, 2022
New highway link to Romania planned
The Romanian government has approved plans to establish a new highway link between Romania and Hungary, which would connect the M44 highway now being built from Békés¬csaba to Méhkerék in Hungary, with the highway to be built between Salonta and the border on the Romanian side, the Hungarian-language Romanian website Krónika reported.
21st December, 2022
Students sit for exam in 6C degree temperature
Students at the Faculty of Humanities of Eötvös Loránd University had to sit for a written exam in 6C temperature on Monday.
20th December, 2022
2 metro stations can re-open sooner than scheduled
The Deák Ferenc tér and Ferenciek tere metro stations, now under renovation, on the M3 metro line will be reopened in January, sooner than scheduled, construction sector website Magyar Építők reports.
20th December, 2022
Lidl sets limits on price-capped food
Discount retail chain Lidl has introduced shopping limits on price-capped food staples, following a similar measure by Aldi, to ensure the supply of these products in the run-up to the holiday season.
19th December, 2022
Gov’t turns to EU after Croatia raises transit fee
Hungary is turning to the European Commission as Croatia will next year raise the transit fee for the Adriatic oil pipeline by two and a half times.
19th December, 2022
Cabinet won’t pay Ft 6bn for Chain Bridge renewal
The cabinet will not pay the Ft 6 billion sum it had promised as a subsidy for the renovation of the Chain Bridge, the Regional Development Ministry told ATV on Sunday.
19th December, 2022
Doctors may be forced to work in state sector
Doctors working exclusively in private practice would be required to work 20 hours a month at a state healthcare institution in the future, according to a draft decree uploaded to the government’s website.
16th December, 2022
Russian gas contract may be changed
Hungary may have to amend its long-term gas purchase agreement with Gazprom if EU energy ministers decide to impose a price cap on Russian gas, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said yesterday.
16th December, 2022
District introduces menstrual leave
The Second District council decided yesterday to introduce menstrual leave, mayor Gergely Őrsi announced on Facebook.
16th December, 2022
Aldi switches to digital flyers
Retail chain Aldi has announced plans to discontinue publication of the printed versions of its flyers from January 1.
15th December, 2022
Hotel Clark upgraded to five-star status
The Hotel Clark, on the Buda side of the Chain Bridge, received a five-star rating from Hotel¬stars Union, a unified classification standard used in the EU.
15th December, 2022
Two Hungarians dead of exposure in Spain
Two Hungarian women were found dead on Monday afternoon in the Sierra Nevada in Spain, apparently victims of exposure to cold, Madrid newspaper EL Pais reported.
14th December, 2022
Price caps on food extended
The Ministry of Agriculture announced on Tuesday evening that the government has extended the food price freeze until April 30.
14th December, 2022
Chain Bridge opening, but not to cars
Public transportation buses, taxis, cyclists and motorcyclists – but not pedestrians – can start to use the Chain Bridge from Friday afternoon, the Budapest Transport Centre (BKK) announced yesterday.
13th December, 2022
ORÖ abuse of funds case closed
The tax authority NAV has closed its investigation into the misuse of public funds related to the Bridge to the World of Work programme launched by the Roma authority ORÖ, saying there is a lack of evidence.
13th December, 2022
Revolut brings new service to Hungary
Fintech firm Revolut is introducing its Revolut Pro service tailored for self-employed freelance clients in Hungary.
12th December, 2022
Tiborcz group buys Gellért Hotel
The BDPST Group, owned by the prime minister’s son-in-law István Tiborcz, has purchased Budapest’s Gellért Hotel from the Indotek Group, the companies announced on Friday.
12th December, 2022
Hungarian firm to build hotel in UAE
Czech-Hungarian company Preston, set up by Filip Navrátil and Bálint Hegyvári, will build a hotel on an artificial island in Al Jazirah Al Hamra, in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, in the UAE.
12th December, 2022
Blaha Lujza tér is reopened
Trees, tiny sculptures and benches reminiscent of the National Theatre that once stood on the site are features of the new Blaha Lujza tér, which was reopened on Saturday.
8th December, 2022
2nd language requirement for uni entry scrapped
The requirement that all students entering university must demonstrate a knowledge of a foreign language will be abolished under a bill approved by MPs yesterday with 135 votes in favour, 41 against and 15 abstentions.
8th December, 2022
Paternity leave extended
Paternity leave will be doubled from five days to ten, in accordance with EU directives, effective January 1, under a bill approved on Wednesday.
8th December, 2022
Elon Musk rocket to carry Hungarian satellite
A rocket owned by American businessman Elon Musk will take a small Hungarian satellite into orbit in May 2023, according to plans, the media and communications authority NMHH announced on Wednesday.
7th December, 2022
Traffic jams form due to petrol panic
Mayor Gergely Örsi of Budapest’s Second District yesterday ordered police to direct traffic near filling stations where serious congestion has developed as motorists fear shortages.
7th December, 2022
CEU library open all winter
Many libraries, higher education institutions and research institutes in Hungary are forced to close for the winter months, but the Central European University (CEU) library remains open, the institution announced.
6th December, 2022
One in four fuel stations face supply crunch
More than 500 petrol stations, or roughly a quarter of the total, faced a fuel shortage on Monday morning, according to CEO Eszter Budjos of sector website Holtankoljak.
6th December, 2022
Grand Tokaj expects higher turnover
Vintner Grand Tokaj, the largest wine producer and distributor in the Tokaj region, expects turnover to reach or exceed Ft 3 billion this year from Ft 2.7 billion last year, CEO László Rábai said.

Contact Free Trial Subscription