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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

Former telecoms regulator blasts internet tax plan

Wednesday 01:05, October 22nd, 2014

The proposed tax on internet usage will hurt Hungarian businesses, obstruct social mobility and reduce freedom of the press, according Krisztina Rozgonyi, the former head of the Hungarian telecoms regulatory body, who joined a chorus of critics of the plan.Read more

Varga says tax office chief not affected by U.S. entry ban

Wednesday 09:45, October 22nd, 2014

Economy Minister Mihály Varga said yesterday that he did not think tax office chief Ildikó Vida was among the persons blacklisted by the U.S. immigration authority. Varga told a press conference that he is supposed to receive all information affecting the work of the tax office chief, and he had not been informed about any such restriction.Read more

Six Hungarians affected by U.S. entry ban

Tuesday 09:30, October 21st, 2014

Six Hungarians are affected by the entry ban to the United States on suspicion of corruption, and all six people are government employees or affiliated with the government, André Goodfriend, the charge d'affaires at the U.S. embassy in Budapest said, according to MTI news agency.Read more

Corruption in Hungary 'a ticking timebomb'

Tuesday 09:15, October 21st, 2014

The recent speculation surrounding allegations of corruption by Hungarian officials is now in the hands of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), which held a hearing in Brussels yesterday regarding the case of Hungarian officials who were banned from entering the U.S.Read more

Goodfriend: Corruption a growing problem here

Monday 11:30, October 20th, 2014

André Goodfriend, Charge d'affaires at the U.S. Embassy, said in a local TV interview yesterday that the Hungarian government already knows the names of Hungarian officials who are officially denied entry into the U.S. He also told ATV that corruption is a growing problem in Hungary, and cited national tobacco store concessions as an example.Read more

Report: Audi slowdown was message to Hungary

Saturday 01:00, October 18th, 2014

When German carmaker Audi stopped work at its plant in Győr in August, sending Hungary's production numbers into a tailspin, it was Germany flexing its economic muscle in response to Chancellor Angela Merkel's dissatisfaction with Hungary's government – dissatisfaction she shares with the U.S. and discussed with Hungary's PM this month, hvg.hu reported Saturday.Read more

PM discusses Hungarian-Kazakh investment fund

Saturday 12:30, October 18th, 2014

The establishment of a Hungarian-Kazakh investment fund and the opening of a Hungarian embassy in Kuala Lumpur were in the focus of talks between Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, respectively, Hungarian news agency MTI reported yesterday.Read more

PM: Hungary offers safe, predictable business environment

Saturday 12:00, October 18th, 2014

Hungary's business environment is certain and predictable, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told Hungarian public media in Milan on the sidelines of the Asia-Europe Meeting, Hungarian news agency MTI reported yesterday.Read more

U.S. Embassy not naming corruption suspects

Saturday 08:25, October 18th, 2014

The U.S. Embassy said in a press conference yesterday that it would not name the ten Hungarians who have been denied entry into the U.S. on charges of corruption. But local media are saying the list includes Ildiko Vida, head of the tax authority, and Péter Heim, who heads the foundation that owns daily Napi Gazdaság, which originally broke the story on Thursday.Read more

NAV officials banned from U.S. after corruption charge

Friday 03:05, October 17th, 2014

Three leading officials of Hungary’s National Tax and Customs Authority (NAV) were blacklisted and banned entry to the United States for what the U.S. Embassy in Budapest said was reliable reports of corruption, 444.hu reported today.Read more

Lázár to oversee MKB Bank

Friday 11:15, October 17th, 2014

The Prime Minister's Office will exercise the state's ownership rights in MKB Bank until the end of 2018, according to a decree by the National Development Minister published in the latest issue of the official gazette Magyar Közlöny.Read more

Orbán, Swiss president discuss economic cooperation

Friday 11:00, October 17th, 2014

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán held talks with Didier Burkhalter, president of the Swiss Confederation, on the sidelines of the Asia-Europe Meeting in Milan today. The parties concluded that the economic cooperation of the two countries are problem-free, press chief of the prime minister’s office informed Hungarian news agency MTI.Read more

Gov't ready to stand up for ad tax in Brussels

Friday 10:30, October 17th, 2014

The government is ready to stand up for Hungary's tax on advertisements in Brussels if it comes to it, the government's spokeswoman said in a statement yesterday. Éva Kurucz, reacting to a report in Hungarian daily Népszabadság, said that the RTL Group had lodged an official complaint with the European Commission (EC) regarding the tax and that the cabinet was prepared to defend the levy...Read more

PM: Hungarian-Singapore economic ties strenghtening

Friday 09:15, October 17th, 2014

Trade and investment opportunities were the focus of talks between Viktor Orbán, Hungary's premier, and Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong in Milan yesterday, the cabinet spokesman told MTI.Read more

State to become direct owner of Paks upgrade project company

Thursday 09:30, October 16th, 2014

A project company established to undertake an upgrade of Hungary's sole nuclear power plant, in Paks, will be put under direct state ownership, a general meeting of the state-owned Hungarian Electricity Works (MVM) decided yesterday.Read more

Official: Health care reform to include more screenings

Wednesday 03:35, October 15th, 2014

The government is planning major health care reforms, which will include increased funding as well as more screenings as a way to prevent illnesses and improve the macro-state of public health, Gábor Zombor announced at a press conference today.Read more

PM: Full employment and care for Hungary

Monday 02:45, October 13th, 2014

“The Hungarian people acknowledged our work in yesterday’s election” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in his speech today before the Parliament. He promised to take care of those voters who did not vote for his governing party, Fidesz, and urged a new policy of keeping families in the center.Read more

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