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5th June, 2020
Budapest Airport reinvests profits
Budapest Airport (BA) reported a Ft 29 billion profit for 2019, up from Ft 24.5 billion a year earlier but the airport operator decided to channel the entire amount back to is operations instead of paying out a dividend as in 2018, Mfor writes.
5th June, 2020
Trianon park opens in Sopron
State secretary for forestry and land affairs Péter Zámbó opened the Trianon Memorial Park in Sopron on Thursday.
4th June, 2020
Austrian border now fully open
Austria is terminating the coronavirus-related border restrictions for all of its neighbours except Italy, Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg announced yesterday.
4th June, 2020
Gov’t requires e-payment from more retailers
All retailers which operate cash registers connected online to the tax authority NAV will have to offer electronic payment methods from January 1, 2021, according to a bill filed by Finance Minister Mihály Varga.
4th June, 2020
Home sales starting to recover
Home sales in May reached 8,200, down by 38% from one year earlier but up by 35% from the previous month, property agency Duna House estimates.
3rd June, 2020
Esztergom freight ferry running again
The freight ferry across the Danube River between Esztergom, Hungary and Stúrovo, Slovakia is operating again from Tuesday, Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Péter Szijjártó announced.
3rd June, 2020
Hungarian Grand Prix set for July 19
This year’s Hungarian Formula One world championship race will be held on July 19 without fans, organisers announced on Tuesday.
3rd June, 2020
Ministry to open military schools
Eight to ten military high schools and colleges could begin operations in Hungary before 2030, the Defence Ministry told Népszava on Tuesday.
2nd June, 2020
Wizz Air opens new bases in Europe
Hungarian-owned no-frills airline Wizz Air has opened new bases in Europe to take over positions from competitors hit by the crisis, Forbes writes.
2nd June, 2020
Public pays protesters’ fines
Hungarians have donated Ft 7 million in a crowdfunding campaign to pay the fines levied on those who took part in anti-government car-honking rallies in recent weeks, independent MP Ákos Hadházy said.
2nd June, 2020
Nearly 600 migrants stopped last week
Police officers and soldiers took action against 237 illegal border entrants from Friday through Sunday, the National Police announced.
29th May, 2020
MÁV announces reduced services
State passenger railway company MÁV yesterday announced a new “epidemic” timetable for some lines valid from June 6 for an indefinite temporary period.
29th May, 2020
Hungary-Slovenia border open again
Citizens of Slovenia and Hungary may freely cross the common border without quarantine or other restrictions from Thursday afternoon, foreign ministers Anze Logar and Péter Szijjártó jointly announced yesterday.
29th May, 2020
Riverside road open to pedestrians on weekends
The road along the Pest riverbank will be closed to motorised traffic on weekends until September, Budapest mayor Gergely Karácsony has announced.
28th May, 2020
Restaurants and bars open from Friday
The interior spaces of restaurants, bars, cafés, pastry shops and pubs in Budapest may reopen and host guests from Friday, May 29, not Saturday, as indicated in Tuesday reports.
28th May, 2020
Gov’t aims to transform city’s rust belt
The government has approved a plan to build affordable housing in Budapest’s abandoned industrial sites, Prime Minister’s Office state secretary for the development of Budapest Balázs Fürjes announced yesterday.
28th May, 2020
People-smuggler caught in Vas county
The driver of a vehicle in which 13 people were travelling has been arrested and questioned on suspicion of human trafficking, the Vas county police department announced.
27th May, 2020
Restrictions eased in Budapest from Saturday
Restrictions on restaurants and cafés in Budapest will be lifted from Friday midnight, Magyar Nemzet reports.
27th May, 2020
First Michelin star restaurant to reopen
Stand will be the first Michelin star restaurant in Hungary to reopen following the impending lifting of the ban on indoor dining in Budapest, Dining Guide reports.
26th May, 2020
Bem tér office project planned
The owner of the historic Radetzky barracks located on Bem tér on the Buda riverside has asked for permission to demolish the 180-year-old building, HVG reports, citing investigative news site Átlátszó.
26th May, 2020
Serbian border now open
Serbian and Hungarian nationals may cross their mutual border without restrictions from 10 a.m. Monday, without mandatory quarantine, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó announced in Röszke yesterday.
25th May, 2020
Party Zone bars in conflict with district
Although following the lifting of curfew limitations in Budapest, the terraces of restaurants and catering facilities may be open, full freedom has not returned, and such venues must close by 10 p.m., leaders of Budapest’s Seventh District have warned.
25th May, 2020
Two killed in Deák tér stabbing
A fight ended with the death of two young men on Deák tér in downtown Budapest early Friday morning.
22nd May, 2020
Restrictions eased on travel to Austria
Hungarians can freely travel to Austria and return to Hungary if they have tested negative for the Covid-19 virus, it was announced at Thursday’s emergency task force press conference.
22nd May, 2020
Low rate of infection among vulnerable population
Tests conducted by the city of Budapest indicate that the rate of Covid-19 infection among vulnerable groups is surprisingly low, Index reports.
21st May, 2020
Gov’t increases funding for e-car purchases
The government has increased its subsidy for purchases of new electric cars from Ft 1.5 million to Ft 2.5 million, and also introduced a decreasing scheme for subsidies for more expensive cars, Innovation and Technology Ministry state secretary Péter Kaderják announced on Wednesday.
21st May, 2020
Six more universities to be privatised
The government will assign the right to operate six universities to private foundations from August 1, 2020, the Information and Technology Ministry announced after Parliament approved the related bill on Tuesday.
21st May, 2020
No more menthol cigarettes
The EU ban on menthol-flavoured cigarettes came into force yesterday, Portfolio reports.
20th May, 2020
Hospital workers premium reduced
The hourly pay for employees dealing with coronavirus patients has been reduced from 180% of normal rates to 150% at the St. János Hospital in Budapest from May 1, Index reports.
20th May, 2020
Gov’t building arena in Székesfehérvár
The government will finance the construction of a new sports venue in Székesfehérvár, according to the Monday issue of official gazette Magyar Közlöny.
19th May, 2020
Anti-fireworks petition started
An online petition in favour of giving money to the needy instead of spending it on an extravagant August 20 fireworks display has received 43,000 signatures in two days, HVG reports.
19th May, 2020
Virus may have killed 120,000 jobs
At least 120,000 people lost their job in Hungary because of the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, researchers of the Academy of Sciences found in a study published yesterday.
19th May, 2020
Decathlon introduces app for queuing
Decathlon has introduced a mobile phone application for personally queuing for entry at its unit on Nyugati tér in Budapest, the sporting goods retail chain announced on Monday.
18th May, 2020
Lockdown eased in Budapest from today
The lockdown ended in Budapest at midnight Sunday, but physical distancing of one and a half metres is to be kept, and masks will have to be worn when shopping and on public transport, Prime Minister’s Office leader Gergely Gulyás announced at a special briefing on Saturday.
18th May, 2020
Traffic congested on Romanian border
Traffic is congested in both directions at the Csanádpalota and Nagylak border crossings, police said Sunday morning.
15th May, 2020
Budapest Airport to host more flights in June
More airlines will start flying again from Liszt Ferenc International Airport in June, manager Budapest Airport announced on Thursday.
15th May, 2020
Toll road traffic plummets in April
The number of vehicles travelling on motorways using the e-sticker system shrank by half in April and the number of trucks using the electronic freight traffic control system dropped by a fifth, head of the state road tolling company Núsz Tamás Bartal told state radio on Thursday.
15th May, 2020
Financial chaos at Tennis Association
All five members of the board of the Tennis Association have resigned after the body accumulated massive debts.
14th May, 2020
Two more crossings open to Austria
Two border crossings to Austria were re-opened from Wednesday morning, following lengthy negotiations, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó announced yesterday.
14th May, 2020
Free IT courses popular
Some 15,000 people registered for the eight-week long free IT courses offered by the government on its first day after opening, Innovation and Technology Ministry state secretary László György told state television.
13th May, 2020
Hunguest announces re-openings
Hunguest Hotels, part of holding company Opus Global, yesterday announced the re-opening of two of its spa hotels on Friday.
13th May, 2020
Applications for entry to Hungary available online
Applications to enter Hungary may be submitted online from Wednesday, Róbert Kiss told the emergency task force press conference on Tuesday.
12th May, 2020
7% of Hungarians have lost their job
Some 7% of Hungarians lost their jobs in the past month, economic researcher Tárki found in a survey.
12th May, 2020
Some visits to Croatia now permitted
Those who own property or boats in Croatia, or must travel there for business or to attend a funeral, are allowed to cross the border, it was announced at Monday’s emergency task online press conference.
12th May, 2020
WWI blasting caps found among French potatoes
Blasting caps believed to be from the First World War were found among potatoes imported from Normandy, in Dunaegyháza, Bács county, the army bomb disposal regiment announced on Monday.
11th May, 2020
Hungarian criminal caught in Germany
A Hungarian convicted of stealing Ft 196.5 million in valuables from a Budapest jewellery store in 2012 has been captured in Germany.
11th May, 2020
Healthcare worries Hungarians most
Healthcare is a greater worry in Hungary than in 27 other countries surveyed by pollsters Ipsos in a survey called What Worries the World.
11th May, 2020
Hungarian suicide on cruise ship
A Hungarian member of the ocean liner Carnival Breeze was found dead in his cabin, apparently a victim of suicide, the tabloid Blikk reported on Sunday, citing Cruise Law News.
8th May, 2020
120 Hungarians brought home
A plane bringing 120 Hungarians home, primarily from North America, was expected to land in Budapest on Thursday, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó announced.
8th May, 2020
No restriction on recreational sports
Budapest residents are free to go to the countryside to visit properties that they own, despite the general ban on trips outside the city, Prime Minister’s Office leader Gergely Gulyás told his press conference in Budapest on Thursday.
8th May, 2020
Margaret Island to be opened at the weekend
Budapest is making a cautious opening at the weekend: Margaret Island, Hajógyári Island and the City Park will be open, but restrictions remain in force at Normafa in the 12th District.
7th May, 2020
Auchan prefers self-service cash registers
Hypermarket chain Auchan is installing self-service cash registers in all 17 of its Hungarian shops by the end of July, Napi reports.
7th May, 2020
No Giro d’Italia race in Hungary
Neither the opening stages nor any other part of the Giro d’Italia bicycle race will be held in Hungary this year, it was announced yesterday.
7th May, 2020
Hundreds of police in major drug raid
Some 200 police officers riding in 65 cars, along with six Counter-Terrorist Centre units, raided 22 locations on Tuesday morning as they cracked down on a criminal gang which has been dealing in a new psychoactive substance, police announced yesterday.
6th May, 2020
GVH investigating online retailer Alza
The competition authority GVH announced on Tuesday that it is examining whether online retailer Alza placed undue emotional pressure on potential customers in order to induce higher sales.
6th May, 2020
Nyugati station upgrade starts
A nearly Ft 9 billion renovation of the roof structure of Nyugati railway station begins on Friday, Innovation and Technology Ministry state secretary László Mosóczi announced yesterday.
6th May, 2020
Football season to resume on May 23
The Hungarian football season will resume on May 23 with the semi-finals of the Hungarian Cup while top-flight action will restart on May 30, the Football Association (MLSZ) announced.
5th May, 2020
Flights returning to Budapest Airport
The number of daily flights at Budapest’s international airport grew to 12 on Monday, up from two to five in April, spokeswoman of the airport manager Katalin Valentinyi told state radio.
5th May, 2020
Museum exhibitions postponed
Large-scale spring exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Hungarian National Gallery, planned for this year will probably be postponed to next year, ministerial commissioner overseeing the institutions László Baán told Inforádió on Monday.
5th May, 2020
Crime down during epidemic
Crimes such as thefts, robberies and car burglaries dropped by nearly 42% in March after the state of emergency was declared, website Menedzsment Fórum reports.
4th May, 2020
Decathlon reopening 17 stores today
Sporting goods retailer Decathlon announced on Sunday that it will open its stores outside of Budapest from today as official lockdown restrictions are eased in most of the country.
4th May, 2020
Restrictions eased in countryside
Prime Minister’s Office leader Gergely Gulyás announced the easing of some lockdown restrictions in all of Hungary with the exceptions of Budapest and Pest county at a press conference on Thursday.
30th April, 2020
IKEA to re-open on Tuesday
After 47 days of closure, IKEA will re-open its Hungarian units on May 5, the Swedish furniture and home product chain announced on Wednesday.
30th April, 2020
Wizz Air to require masks on flights
Wizz Air is launching new health protection and sanitary measures on May 1, the low-cost airline announced on Wednesday.
30th April, 2020
Toroczkai sues Facebook
President of far-right party Mi Hazánk movement László Toroczkai has launched a privacy lawsuit against Facebook after the social media giant deleted his Facebook and Instagram profiles.
29th April, 2020
Wizz Air to restart flights from Budapest in May
Low cost airline Wizz Air will operate 16 routes from Budapest beginning May 1, but its services in Debrecen will resume only on June 1, air industry news website Airportal learned on Tuesday.
29th April, 2020
GVH fines Booking.com Ft 2.5bn
GVH has issued a fine of Ft 2.5 billion to Dutch company Booking.com BV, which operates international accommodation booking platform booking.com, the competition authority announced on Tuesday. GVH also banned the company’s aggressive sales activities.
29th April, 2020
Speed limits in Budapest could be reduced
A proposal expected to be approved by Budapest mayor Gergely Karácsony on Wednesday would decrease the 70 km/hour speed limit on expressways in Budapest to 50km/hour, while the highest allowed speed on other roads would be set at 30 km/hour.
28th April, 2020
Nearly 10,000 in home quarantine
At an online press conference on Monday, Lt. Col. Róbert Kiss of the Emergency Task Force said that 9,829 people are currently in home quarantine, while misdemeanours were issued in 41 cases of breach of curfew on the weekend bringing the tally to 1,286.
28th April, 2020
Free e-Mobi car charging ends
Free charging of electric cars at 336 e-Mobi charging ports will end at the end of April, e-Mobi owner Mobiliti announced on Monday.
28th April, 2020
Proceedings launched against honking demonstrators
Misdemeanour proceedings were launched by police against demonstrators who participated in a protest in Budapest Monday afternoon.
27th April, 2020
Wizz Air to resume flights next week
Hungarian budget airline Wizz Air will resume flights departing from Vienna and London beginning May 1, the company announced on the weekend.
27th April, 2020
Volánbusz extends online purchases for passes
Monthly passes for Volánbusz journeys became available for online purchase on Saturday, the state bus company announced on Friday. The monthly passes can be purchased through the application of the state-owned Nemzeti Mobilfizetési, which is the sole collector of mobile parking payments and motorway toll stickers.
27th April, 2020
Ministry bans hospitals from issuing statements
The Human Resources Ministry has instructed hospitals not to issue statements about the coronavirus epidemic, 444 reports.
24th April, 2020
Spar helps local producers
Retail chain Spar broadened the selection of Hungarian products at 34 Interspar stores, which will also be available in its online delivery store.
24th April, 2020
Stolen books returned to Opera
Antique books stolen from the archives of the Hungarian State Opera in 2015 have been returned from London to Hungary, Foreign Ministry state secretary Tamás Menczer announced on Thursday.
24th April, 2020
Footballers forced to take pay cuts
The cabinet has decreed that professional sports clubs may unilaterally reduce the salaries of athletes and staff by up to 70%.
23rd April, 2020
Lime withdraws from Budapest
US-owned Lime has withdrawn its electric scooters from the streets of Budapest, news website G7 observes.
23rd April, 2020
Masks distributed to BKK passengers
The Budapest Transport Centre and the mayor’s office are distributing washable face masks in the coming days to passengers travelling on public transport.
23rd April, 2020
Woman fined for collecting refuse
A woman was issued a Ft 200,000 fine yesterday for violating lockdown rules by organising a refuse collection drive on a street in the village to mark Earth Day.
22nd April, 2020
Registered unemployment soars
The number of registered unemployed rose to 281,000 in March, up by 17,000 from 264,000 in February, the state employment service NFSZ announced on Tuesday.
22nd April, 2020
Hungary drops in press freedom rating
Hungary has dropped two slots from 87 to 89 in the latest media freedom rankings published on Tuesday by international organisation Reporters Without Frontiers.
22nd April, 2020
Masks mandatory from Monday
It will be mandatory to wear masks in stores and markets from Monday, mayor Gergely Karácsony announced on Facebook.
21st April, 2020
Hadházy organises car protest
Independent MP Ákos Hadházy organised a car demonstration on Clark Ádám tér on Monday afternoon, in protest against the evacuation of hospital beds.
21st April, 2020
Doctors over 65 may return to work
Physicians over 65 years of age are allowed to return to their medical practice, as Human Resources Minister Miklós Kásler has reversed a decree he had issued a month earlier, which banned doctors over 65 from any activity requiring face-to-face contact with patients.
21st April, 2020
Footballers accept lower salaries
Players on Hungary’s most popular football team, FTC, have undertaken to take a 20% cut in their salaries, as professional football has come to a halt in the pandemic.
20th April, 2020
Spar begins layoffs due to extra tax
Retail chain Spar confirmed news that it will lay off staff hired only last month due to the special levy on large retailers announced by the government.
20th April, 2020
Orbán: epidemic will peak on May 3
Experts say the epidemic will reach its peak in Hungary by May 3, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a video posted on his Facebook page yesterday.
17th April, 2020
District council supports residents
Budapest’s Sixth District is providing social and financial assistance to those residents who are severely affected due to job loss or changed market conditions as a result of the epidemic.
17th April, 2020
Bicycles becoming more popular
MOL Bubi public bicycles have seen a spike in use since the monthly pass fee was reduced to Ft 100 on March 16, the Budapest Transport Centre (BKK) announced.
17th April, 2020
Fire in Szombathely attracts crowd
A crowd of onlookers gathered, defying lockdown rules, to watch a huge fire at a landfill site on the outskirts of Szombathely on Wednesday night.
16th April, 2020
Crisis dismissals affect 3% of workforce
Downsizing caused by the epidemic crisis has led to the dismissal of about 3% of the total workforce in Hungary, according to a survey by ZRI Závecz Research and CAWI Services.
16th April, 2020
City creating temporary bicycle lanes
Designation of temporary bicycle lanes on Tétényi út in Budapest’s 11th District has started, as the city has decided to create more bike lanes to help commute and secure safe transportation during the coronavirus outbreak.
16th April, 2020
MEPs object to anti-transgender bill
A group of 63 MEPs is calling on the Hungarian government to withdraw a proposed amendment that would abolish the possibility of gender change.
15th April, 2020
Hospitals told to free up 60% of beds
Hospital administrators received a letter from the Ministry of Human Resources last week, with an instruction to evacuate 60% of their institutions’ beds within eight days, according to Népszava.
15th April, 2020
Wizz Air announces dismissals
Wizz Air is planning to dismiss 1,000 workers that is 19% of its whole staff, the company announced yesterday.
15th April, 2020
Technical error disrupts BSE trading
Trading on the Budapest Stock Exchange was suspended due to a technical error in the trading system, the BSE announced on Tuesday.
9th April, 2020
Tesco limits number of customers in shops
As a new element in protecting its employees and clients during the epidemic, Tesco is placing limits on the number of customers who may enter its shops in Hungary from Thursday, the subsidiary of the UK retail chain announced.
9th April, 2020
Two fined for coughing on others
A Szombathely Court has fined a Hungarian and a Ukrainian Ft 200,000 each for deliberately coughing on people and threatening them with the coronavirus infection outside a pharmacy.
9th April, 2020
Szentendre closed to tourists
Central Szentendre is closed to tourists and all but local car traffic from Good Friday, the town announced on its website.
8th April, 2020
MÁV passenger numbers plunge
Passenger traffic on domestic train routes has fallen by 80% due to the coronavirus epidemic, chairman and CEO Róbert Homolya of state railway company MÁV said on Tuesday, adding that rail service is uninterrupted.
8th April, 2020
Covid-19 fatalities hit new daily record
Nine people infected with the coronavirus died on Monday, the highest single-day death rate so far, Index reports.

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