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Critics sceptical of Orbán's retreat on tax

Friday 09:00, October 31st, 2014

The recent announcement by Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán that he would delay a decision on the internet tax until next year, and allow the public to weigh in with a "national consultation" was received with sceptecism by opposition critics.Read more

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Orbán delays internet tax, plans public input

Friday 08:45, October 31st, 2014

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said today in his regular fortnightly radio interview that the proposed internet tax “cannot be introduced in its present form.” The prime minister said the tax needs to be discussed early next year, and a “national consultation” should take place in mid-January.Read more

Internet tax will backfire, ISPs warned

Friday 08:30, October 31st, 2014

A weakening SME sector, slowing economy and loss of billions of euros of EU funding are just some of the potential consequences of the internet tax proposed by the government according to a draft letter addressed to János Lázár and Antal Rogán – FIDESZ MP Rogán submitted the legislation – by the major internet service providers, nol.hu revealed yesterday.Read more

Tax authority rejects corruption charges

Wednesday 11:40, October 29th, 2014

The National Tax and Customs Administration of Hungary (NAV) rejected corruption allegations that recently surfaced against its officials, in a statement today. NAV president Ildikó Vida and official Csillag Dezsőné, however, have still not appeared in public after being taped by an RTL TV crew a week ago at an Austrian airport.Read more

Gov’t not to back away from internet tax

Wednesday 11:15, October 29th, 2014

Fidesz MP Szilárd Németh, who is responsible for utility fee cuts, said today on Hungarian commercial television channel ATV that the government is not abandoning the idea of introducing an internet tax, neither would it lower the amount to be paid.Read more

EC: Internet tax 'bad direction'

Wednesday 10:30, October 29th, 2014

Hungary is behind the EU average concerning digital penetration and levying a tax on internet use would point to "a bad direction" and would further hold back online data traffic, the spokesman of outgoing EC commissioner for digital agenda Neelie Kroes said yesterday.Read more

Analysts: PM went too far

Wednesday 10:15, October 29th, 2014

Analysts speculate, that the governing Fidesz party and Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán went too far with the proposed introduction of an internet tax, and some said it could lead to the downfall of this government.Read more

More than 100,000 join internet tax demo

Wednesday 09:20, October 29th, 2014

A crowd estimated by Reuters to include more than 100,000 people gathered yesterday for the second demonstration in three days to oppose the proposed internet tax. Similar demonstrations were also held yesterday in other cities around Hungary, including Debrecen, Nyíregyháza, Szeged, Miskolc, Győr and Pécs. Read more

Another demo against internet tax set for tonight

Tuesday 09:55, October 28th, 2014

More than 44,000 people have confirmed plans on Facebook to participate in a demonstration at 6 p.m. at József Nádor tér tonight – in what is to be the week's second demonstration against the government's proposed internet tax.Read more

Government backs cap on proposed internet tax

Tuesday 09:45, October 28th, 2014

The government supports a proposed amendment submitted by the governing Fidesz party to cap the tax to be levied on internet traffic at HUF 700 a month, Economy Minister Mihály Varga confirmed in Parliament yesterday.Read more

Lawmakers to discuss tax proposals on Tuesday

Monday 12:40, October 27th, 2014

Parliament will meet early next week and on Tuesday, lawmakers will begin a debate on amendments to the tax legislation proposed for 2015.Read more

Fidesz cuts plans for internet tax to HUF 700 a month

Monday 09:55, October 27th, 2014

Hungary’s governing party Fidesz is modifying its internet tax proposal, saying the tax would be no more than HUF 700 per user per month, Hungarian online daily origo.hu reported today. Fidesz reportedly said the mass demonstration yesterday would not force the government to abandon an internet tax, but this plan is cheaper than the first proposal.Read more

PM to pay law enforcement agencies from internet tax income

Monday 09:15, October 27th, 2014

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán himself came up with the idea of the internet tax, as a way to get sufficient resources to pay for wage increases for law enforcement agencies, police and the military, Hungarian economic online daily hvg.hu reported yesterday, citing unnamed sources from the Prime Minister’s Office.Read more

About 40,000 march against internet tax

Monday 09:00, October 27th, 2014

An estimated 40,000 demonstrators marched down Andrássy út, yesterday, to protest the recently announced plans of levying a tax on internet traffic. The event was organized less than a week after the tax was announced by an informal group who set up a Facebook page that received more than 200,000 "likes" in just a few days.Read more

Goodfriend: Hungary should back EU on sanctions

Sunday 08:55, October 26th, 2014

U.S. Chargé d'Affaires André Goodfriend criticized Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's policies towards Russia and called on the Hungarian government to unequivocally back EU sanctions against Russia at a press conference in Budapest on Friday.Read more

Facebook call for internet tax demo gets a lot of likes

Friday 07:05, October 24th, 2014

An impromptu Facebook page calling for a demonstration at 6 p.m. Sunday, in response to Tuesday's announcement of a proposed tax on internet service providers in Hungary, has already garnered close to 200,000 likes by 7 p.m. Friday evening, with more than 33,000 saying they would attend. Read more

Kövér: Hungary could leave the EU

Friday 05:50, October 24th, 2014

If the European Union wants to dictate to Hungary, then the country should consider slowly backing out of the union, Parliamentary Speaker and Fidesz MP László Kövér said today, according to Hungarian online daily origo.hu.Read more

Lázár: State reforms likely to include staff cuts

Wednesday 05:45, October 22nd, 2014

The government has decided to start a reform of the state, to make its operations less bureaucratic and more efficient, and the restructuring is likely to include staff cuts at ministries, János Lázár, head of the Prime Minister's Office, announced today.Read more

Szijjártó meets U.S. managers in Washington

Wednesday 02:20, October 22nd, 2014

Enjoying a day away from the heat of the U.S.-Hungary fracas about corruption, Hungarian Minister for Foreign Trade and Foreign Affairs Péter Szijjártó met with top officials of U.S. corporations in Washington yersterday.Read more

Navracsics finally made European Comissioner

Wednesday 02:20, October 22nd, 2014

Tibor Navracsics, the Hungarian nominee for a European commissioner's portfolio, was appointed commissioner for culture, education, youth and sport, Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission's president, announced at a plenary session on the European Parliament today.Read more

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