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21st January, 2022
Volánbusz receives first Mercedes buses
Debrecen-based ITE Bus & Truck has delivered the first six Mercedes-Benz Reform 501 LE buses out of the 88 ordered by the state-run coach operator Volánbusz, Innovation and Technology Minister László Palkovics said in Székesfehérvár on Thursday.
21st January, 2022
Post-cash café opens in Budapest
Kende Gastro, a family business, opened a café free of cash registers in Budapest at the end of last year, operated by AI technology developed by US company AiFi.
20th January, 2022
Hungarians second poorest in EU
Hungarians were the second poorest people in the EU in 2020, based on per capita household spending, according to Eurostat data.
20th January, 2022
State to take control of Debrecen airport
The government has decided that the state will acquire a 51% stake in the company operating the Debrecen International Airport, Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministry state secretary Levente Magyar announced in Budapest on Wednesday.
19th January, 2022
No election campaign likely on TV
RTL and TV2 have not yet declared whether they will broadcast political ads during the campaign period, but several major media companies have already indicated that they will not.
19th January, 2022
Euro adoption supported by 69%
Hungarians support the adoption of the euro more than citizens of most non-eurozone EU countries, according to a survey by Eurobarometer.
18th January, 2022
ETO assets sold six years on
The ETO stadium, home to the Győr football club, and adjacent four-star ETO Park hotel were sold at the starting price of Ft 10 billion in total at an auction that closed on Monday morning.
18th January, 2022
Smuggler fires at border guards
A people-smuggler fired shots at Austrian border guards before fleeing back into Hungary on Monday morning.
17th January, 2022
Hospital waiting lists getting longer
Hospital waiting lists for several types of surgery have grown to record lengths, according to data from the National Health Insurance Fund.
17th January, 2022
Wizz Air plans Hungary-Moldova flight
Wizz Air will operate direct flights twice a week between Budapest and Chisinau from March, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said on his Facebook page on Friday.
14th January, 2022
Quarantine restrictions eased
The cabinet has reduced the time for quarantine obligation for those who contract the coronavirus to seven days from the current ten, Prime Minister’s Office leader Gergely Gulyás announced at this Thursday press conference.
14th January, 2022
State subsidising e-cargo bikes
The government is providing Ft 400 million in subsidies for electric cargo bikes, enough for the purchase of some 800 vehicles.
13th January, 2022
Cabinet freezes prices of six foodstuffs
“We are intervening in the prices of six food products: sugar, wheat flour, sunflower oil, pork leg, chicken breast and 2.8% cow’s milk”, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced in a Facebook video yesterday afternoon.
13th January, 2022
Brit Media buys billboard operator Pannon Plakát
Brit Media has purchased outdoor billboard operator Pannon Plakát, news website HVG360 learned from unnamed advertising agency and public space advertising sources.
12th January, 2022
Áder sets elections for April 3
President János Áder yesterday named Sunday, April 3 as the date for the parliamentary elections.
12th January, 2022
MOL-Slovenia contract sparks dispute
The whole public sector in Slovenia will have to fill official cars at petrol stations owned by MOL, prompting opposition parties there to attack the government of Prime Minister Janez Jansa, Napi reports.
11th January, 2022
Hungarians leave Kazakhstan on Russian planes
Six Hungarians and their family members were airlifted out of Kazakhstan on a Russian Defence Ministry plane from Almaty airport on Monday morning, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó announced.
11th January, 2022
Pink flamingos spotted in Hungary
Two pink flamingos were sighted at Dunatetétlen, Bács county on January 6, the Kis¬kunság National Park reported on its website.
10th January, 2022
MOL to buy Lotos stations in Poland
MOL will purchase the Lotos filling stations in Poland, in a deal to be officially announced this week, Polish radio station Radio Zet reported.
10th January, 2022
Panther sighted near Szolnok
A creature believed to be a black panther, first seen in Kiskunhalas last month and then near Kecskemét, was photographed in an inhabited area between Szolnok and Újszász on the weekend.
7th January, 2022
7% rise in new home prices forecast
Analysts expect new home prices to rise by 7% this year, consultancy GKI found in its quarterly survey of 108 market participants in December.
7th January, 2022
Doktor 24 buys Da Vinci clinic
Első Magánegészségügyi Hálózat, a joint venture of private health care provider Doktor24 and insurance company Union Biztosító, has bought the Da Vinci private clinic in Pécs, the purchasers announced on Thursday.
7th January, 2022
Tram-train service popular so far
The timetable of the tram-trains running between Hódmezővásárhely and Szeged will be expanded with seven additional services in the morning and afternoon on weekdays from January 10, state railway company MÁV announced on Thursday.
6th January, 2022
835,000 claims for income tax refund
Some 835,000 applications for the personal income tax refund for families with children were received before the December 31 deadline, of which 81% were filed online and 132,000 were filed on paper, Finance Ministry state secretary András Tállai announced yesterday.
6th January, 2022
Heat record broken again
The daily heat record was broken again on Wednesday for the sixth day in a row, the National Weather Service announced.
5th January, 2022
Wizz Air sees traffic surge in December
Wizz Air carried 2.6 million passengers in December, almost four times as many as a year earlier, the low-cost Hungarian airline announced on Tuesday.
5th January, 2022
Bankruptcies postponed due to loan moratorium
The number of new companies founded in 2021 reached 33,821, a nine-year high, while company wind-ups were the lowest since 2007 at 20,439, according to company data provider Opten.
4th January, 2022
Influenza-Covid pairing arrives in Hungary
“Flurona”, a combination of the coronavirus and influenza, has been detected in two patients in Hungary, according to private clinic Neumann Labs.
4th January, 2022
House of Music among world’s best new attractions
Experiencing a concert at the new House of Music museum, set to open soon in Budapest’s City Park, has been selected by Britain’s Time Out magazine as one of the 22 best new things to do in the world in 2022.
3rd January, 2022
Brit Media buys radio stations Jazzy and Klasszik
Michaeli, Schwartz & Brit, a company also known as Brit Media, purchased Budapest radio stations Jazzy and Klasszik on December 31.
2nd January, 2022
MÁV offers Lake Balaton resort for sale
MNV has announced plans to auction off the lakeside resort owned by state railway company MÁV in Balatonkenese, the state asset manager said on its website.
31st December, 2021
Retailers reluctant to accept SZÉP cards
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced last week that the fringe benefit accumulating SZÉP cards can be used at retail units to buy food between February 1 and May 31, 2022 but retailers are reluctant to invest in establishing the card-reading infrastructure just for four months, a source told website 444.
31st December, 2021
Bicycle use becomes tax free fringe benefit
Bicycles can be provided by employers to be used by their employees as tax-free fringe benefit from January 1, Napi reports.
30th December, 2021
GPs told to return patients’ calls
Human Resources Minister Miklós Kásler yesterday ordered GPs to make themselves available online or by telephone to their patients, and to return all telephone calls received.
30th December, 2021
Szentes sports arena burns down
Fire-fighters let the Papp László Sports Hall in the town of Szentes burn down after it caught fire on Tuesday evening, as they were unable to extinguish the flames.
29th December, 2021
Runway may have been damaged by Air Force plane
A Hungarian air force plane was probably responsible for the damage to the runway at Debrecen airport, causing the rerouting or delay of three international flights, RTL reports.
29th December, 2021
State donates homes to charities
The state is donating 4,620 homes to MR Közösségi Lakásalap, the joint venture of the Hungarian Maltese Charity and the Hungarian Reformed Church charity organisations.
28th December, 2021
SZÉP cards to be used to buy food
The hotels and restaurants association Mszész expressed dismay about the government decree published on Friday, according to which the SZÉP card, invented to boost domestic tourism, can be used to buy food in shops between February 1 and May 31, 2022.
28th December, 2021
LOT to link Budapest and New York
Polish airline LOT will resume direct flights between Budapest and New York from June 2022, Portfolio reports.
22nd December, 2021
Orbán nominates Novák for president
Fidesz is nominating Minister of Family Affairs Katalin Novák for the post of head of state, Viktor Orbán announced at his international press conference on Tuesday.
22nd December, 2021
Opposition signature drive delayed
The National Electoral Office (NVI) is holding up the collection of the required 200,000 signatures for the opposition referendum on Fudan University and extended unemployment benefits, according to the Everyone’s Hungary Movement (MMM) press office.
22nd December, 2021
Attempt to smuggle endangered salamanders foiled
Almost 100 endangered spotted salamanders were discovered at Liszt Ferenc International Airport in a consignment from Hungary to Germany.
21st December, 2021
Hadházy: MTV is becoming a fortress
Ákos Hadházy, an independent MP, reports that Ft 590 million worth of security equipment has been bought for the state TV building in Budapest’s Third Distict.
20th December, 2021
Hunguest signs contract to buy Hotel Eger and Park
Hunguest Hotels, a subsidiary of Opus Global, has signed a sale and purchase agreement to acquire 100% ownership of the four-star Hotel Eger & Park.
20th December, 2021
Hungary rejoins EU vaccine procurement scheme
Hungary will continue to participate in the joint EU procurement of Pfizer vaccines even after the children’s vaccine delivery, Portfolio reports.
17th December, 2021
Fifth District to sell Ft 1.3bn worth of property
The Fidesz majority on the Fifth District council has decided to sell several properties worth a combined Ft 1.3 billion, Telex reports.
17th December, 2021
House of Hungarian Music completed
The House of Hungarian Music has been completed and will open its doors on January 22, with an interactive music history exhibition and music programmes.
16th December, 2021
New names for district sectors
The Party Zone in Budapest’s Seventh District will be renamed the Király-negyed (Royal Quarter) after the local council approved a long-term cultural strategy for the district, it was announced on the district’s Facebook page.
16th December, 2021
Dozens of Wizz Air passengers stranded
More than 50 passengers were not permitted to board a Budapest plane bound for Berin on Wednesday because they did not have a PLF (passenger locator form), Wizz Air told Telex.
15th December, 2021
Another vaccination campaign ahead
Due to the success of the three-week vaccination campaign and because of the appearance of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in Hungary, another vaccination campaign will be held at hospitals and clinics from Thursday, December 16 to Saturday, December 18.
15th December, 2021
Seven die as people-smuggling car crashes
Seven people died and another four people were injured when a car transporting illegal migrants crashed into a house and overturned in Mórahalom, on Monday night, Csongrád county police announced.
14th December, 2021
Gov’t to take action against foreign retail chains
The government is reportedly preparing to impose a tax increase on retail chains and to make it compulsory for them to hand over food that is due to expire within 48 hours to a newly founded state body, according to a working document obtained by Telex.
14th December, 2021
Karikó one of Time magazine’s heroes of 2021
Hungary’s Katalin Karikó is one of four vaccine scientists to be named the Heroes of the Year by US weekly Time magazine.
13th December, 2021
Mercedes plant closed for one month
The Mercedes factory in Kecskemét has shut down for Christmas earlier than planned, and there will be no production until January 12, Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary has announced.
13th December, 2021
Riverside road open to pedestrians
Reconstruction works on the stretch of the József Antall Sr. lower riverside road between Parliament and Margit Bridge ended two weeks ahead of schedule, the Budapest Transport Centre (BKK) announced on Friday.
8th December, 2021
50,000 on surgery waiting lists
The number of people waiting for surgeries in Hungary has risen from 40,000 at the beginning of September to 50,360 in early December, according to the website of the National Health Insurance Asset Manager (NEAK).
8th December, 2021
Mandatory vaccination for MPs rejected
A proposal on ordering compulsory inoculation for MPs put forward by independent MP János Bencsik was voted down in Parliament’s judicial committee on Tuesday.
8th December, 2021
Demand for travel on the rise
Demand for travel is expected to exceed pre-crisis levels this year and in 2022, according to a representative survey conducted by booking site Szállas.hu and market researcher Nielsen IQ.
7th December, 2021
Free public transport promised in Eger
Eger will have free local public transport if the local council approves it at an unscheduled general meeting on Wednesday or Thursday, mayor Ádám Mirkóczki announced on Monday.
7th December, 2021
Basilica may charge entry fees
The St. István Basilica in downtown Budapest will introduce a ticket system instead of a mandatory donation from next spring, tourism website Turizmus Online learned from a forum held at the Tourist Guide Association (MIE).
6th December, 2021
Expats campaign for more polling stations in UK
A political community of Hungarians living in England is sending a petition to the cabinet, the National Election Committee (NVB) and the National Election Office (NVI) asking that more polling stations be made available for Hungarians living in Great Britain who wish to vote in the 2022 elections.
6th December, 2021
Hungarian start-up wins Apple prize
Hungarian developer Craft Doc has won the Mac App of the Year award at Apple’s 2021 App Store Awards.
3rd December, 2021
Continental may cancel job subsidy contract
The Continental rubber parts factory in Makó would rather repay part of the job retention subsidies it received, instead of fulfilling its contract, in order to be able to lay off people freely, local Fidesz MP János Lázár wrote on Facebook on Thursday.
3rd December, 2021
Gattyán campaign billboards appear
Democratic Coalition politician Csaba Czeglédy posted a picture of a billboard in Szombathely depicting businessman György Gattyán, right next to a government poster promoting vaccinations.
2nd December, 2021
Budapest to get cheap electricity
The city of Budapest is buying electricity at market prices for December, but will join the government-regulated market, where prices are lower, on January 1, mayor Gergely Kará¬csony announced on Facebook on Wednesday.
2nd December, 2021
Nestlé returns traditional trademarks to Szerencs
Nestlé has given back the traditional trademarks of Szerencsi and the image of a white kitten with a red bow to the town of Szerencs, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county, Agriculture Minister István Nagy announced after the agreement was signed there on Wednesday.
1st December, 2021
Journalists’ access to PMO restricted
After journalists and reporters were barred from the corridors of Parliament, where they might ask questions of politicians, it will now no longer be possible to put questions to government politicians on the street in front of the Prime Minister’s Office, as the space has been fenced off.
30th November, 2021
3,000 teachers may quit rather than get inoculated
Some 3,000 teachers do not plan to be inoculated and will therefore lose their jobs from January because of the requirement that teachers be inoculated against the coronavirus, Index reports.
30th November, 2021
Rossmann to pay inoculation bonus
Rossmann Magyarország will pay a bonus of Ft 60,000 to all warehouse and shop employees who receive at least the first coronavirus vaccination by December 15, CEO of the subsidiary of the German drug store chain László Flórián said on Monday.
30th November, 2021
OTP phasing out Smart Bank app
OTP bank will phase out its Smart Bank mobile app from March 1, 2021, and customers may use the newly developed OTP Mobilbank instead, the leading retail bank said on Monday.
29th November, 2021
Quarantine for travellers from southern Africa
Due to the appearance of the much more contagious omicron variant, Hungary is introducing restrictions on travellers from the South African region, the details of which were published in the Hungarian Gazette on Saturday.
29th November, 2021
Mass layoff disguised as “meet and greet”
The new management of Mediaworks, part of the Central European Press and Media Foundation (Kesma), invited employees to get acquainted on Thursday, but at least a dozen were sacked at the meeting, Media1 reports.
26th November, 2021
Home rents rates up 9% in a year
Home rental rates were up 8.6% year-on-year in October, climbing for the fifth month in a row after falling for more than a year, according to the index compiled by the Central Statistics Office and Ingatlan.com.
26th November, 2021
Top architects bid for Nyugati design
Twelve prestigious international architecture firms are competing to design a new Nyugati train station, state secretary for the development of Budapest and surroundings Balázs Fürjes announced on his Facebook page.
25th November, 2021
MÁV deploys more double-deckers
MÁV started to use two more double-decker KISS units from Stadler, on the Budapest-Esztergom and Budapest-Vác lines, the state railway company said on Wednesday.
25th November, 2021
Gellért Hill funicular gets permit
A plan to build a funicular on the Gellért Hill in Buda has received an environmental permit, clearing the way for the project, Népszava reports.
24th November, 2021
Ft 5bn of PCR tests scrapped
The state is scrapping Ft 5 billion worth of PCR tests bought last year that expired this spring, the weekly Jelen reports, citing unnamed sources.

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