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10th September, 2020

Hungary orders 218 armoured vehicles

The Hungarian armed forces will receive 218 Lynx KF41 armoured fighting vehicles as part of its over €2 billion modernisation programme, the secretariat of Gaspar Maroth, the government commissioner responsible for the procurement, said in a statement.

Rheinmetall Lynx armoured fighting vehicles will be provided to the armed forces, meaning Hungary will fulfil its NATO spending commitments.

An agreement to this effect was signed at the Defence Ministry in Budapest on Wednesday by General Ferenc Korom, commander of the Hungarian Armed Forces, and Armin Papperger, chairman of the board of directors of the German company.

Of the tanks, 172 will be manufactured in Hungary at a factory set up as part of a joint venture between Rheinmetall and the Hungarian state, which signed the agreement on August 17.

The first 46 tanks will be manufactured in Germany where Hungarians will also receive on the job training. (magyarhirlap.hu; hvg.hu; origo.hu; infostart.hu; magyarnemzet.hu; 444.hu)
10th September, 2020

Ministry supplements action plan

The Human Resources Ministry has supplemented the coronavirus action plan it finalised in mid-August, ahead of the start of the academic year.

Parents may only enter schools with the prior permission of the principal and attend events expressly aimed at parents, according to the revised plan.

Autumn swimming lessons will be suspended in state schools until spring at the earliest. The ministry also proposes the suspension of extracurricular sports classes and choir practices. Additionally, balls and cultural events could be suspended for six months, or at least have attendance strictly controlled.

The ministry also asked that school meals be served to one year at a time - and in separated areas if possible. Alternatively, meals could be served in classrooms. (infostart.hu; ellenszel.hu; index.hu; hvg.hu; pestihir.hu; szmo.hu)
10th September, 2020

HOOK rep calls for SZFE compromise

The National Conference of Student Councils (HOOK) and the Conference of Hungarian Rectors met representatives of the University of Theatre and Motion Picture Arts and members of the board of trustees for talks on Wednesday.

The university’s student council does not consider the board of trustees legitimate so did not take part in the consultations.

HOOK president Laszlo Murai said further meetings will be necessary as only the trustees board members took part in the consultations. (atv.hu; nepszava.hu)
10th September, 2020

Pensioners may get Ft 20,000 handout

Pensioners could receive a pension supplement of around Ft 20,000 to compensate for rising prices, website mfor learnt. Inflation was above Hungary’s 2.8% pension raise in the first eight months of 2020.

Senior citizens will probably receive the payment in November. (mfor.hu; atv.hu; privatbankar.hu; piacprofit.hu; bpkornyeke.hu; infostart.hu; blikk.hu)
10th September, 2020

Greczy wins three libel cases in a day

Democratic Coalition politician Zsolt Greczy did not harass nor pursue the partner of musician Gabor Zsoldos, the Capital Court of Appeals stated in two binding verdicts and the Capital Court in a first-degree verdict.

Pro-government websites Lokal, Origo and Ripost posted articles about Greczy based on a Facebook post written in December by Zsoldos, who deleted the post the next day, saying it had been written in anger. The three losing media outlets must now publish story corrections on their landing pages. (hvg.hu; ellenszel.hu; media1.hu)
10th September, 2020

Majority oppose school armed guards

Some 73% of Hungarians oppose school guards being armed with handcuffs, truncheons and pepper spray, a Zavecz Research Institute poll, commissioned by the Liberal Party, found.

School guards have been posted at 478 public education and vocational training institutions since September 1, but not in another 55. Support for armed guards in schools correlated with a lack of qualifications and loyalties to right-wing parties.

The system was only supported by 22% of respondents, while 5% were undecided. (nepszava.hu)

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