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Orbán keen to transport gas to Hungary via Turkey

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Tuesday called for efforts to ensure the transport of gas to central Europe, Hungary included, via Turkey. "We need to work to get the gas from Turkey to central Europe and Hungary" via Serbia among other countries, Orbán said at a press conference following talks with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. 

Kiev’s failure to pay gas bill could cost EU its supply

Ukraine has two days to pay the bills before Russia cuts off its gas supplies. This of course “creates serious risks for the transit to Europe”, Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller said, according to Russian news portal rt.com. The statement came after Ukrainian state energy company Naftogaz accused Gazprom of failing to deliver gas that Kiev had paid for in advance.

Colleen Bell opens contest for Hungarians

U.S. ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell opened a contest for Hungarians to help her get to know the country and the culture better, the U.S. embassy to Hungary said in a press release today.

Report: Bell meets PM Orbán

U.S. ambassador to Hungary Colleen Bell reportedly met Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán yesterday evening at a dinner party at film producer Andy Vajna’s house held in honor of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hungarian daily origo.hu reported citing unnamed sources.

Two private pension funds expected to survive

The percentage of the members of private pension funds who have paid their dues came to 74% at Budapest Magánnyugdíjpénztár and 70% at Horizon Magánnyugdíjpénztár, according to news reports on Friday; both amounts are above the limit set by the modified legislation, which came in to effect in January 2015. 

Ministry: State healthcare services to become more efficient

Hospitals will not be shut down, the quality of healthcare services will not deteriorate; head office overhead, however, will be decreased and processes will become more efficient, secretary of state Zoltán Kovács announced during a press conference, regarding the much anticipated reforms of the national healthcare systemnapi.hu reported yesterday.

Fidesz loses two-third majority as 43% vote independent in by-election

An independent candidate yesterday won a race to replace a vacated parliamentary seat, thereby eliminating the two-thirds majority that has given the ruling Fidesz party complete control of the Parliament since 2010.

British, Hungarian foreign ministers to meet on Thursday

British foreign minister Philip Hammond (pictured) is scheduled to visit the Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjártó on Thursday on the latter’s invitation, the foreign ministry said early this morning.

EC: Brussels has no further details regarding Putin’s visit to Hungary

The European Commission (EC) has received no further details regarding Russian president Vladimir Putin's visit to Hungary apart from those published in the press, EC spokesperson Anna-Kaisa Itkonen said at press briefing on Friday in Brussels, Hungarian news agency MTI reported.

Romania's Hellvig: Hungary a threat to European security

MEP and member of Romania’s National Liberal Party, Eduard Hellvig (pictured), addressed the “threat to the EU” posed by Hungary’s increasing ties with Moscow on his blog, online news portal EurActiv.com reported Friday.

MPs approve legislation to smooth settlement process

The Hungarian parliament today approved changes to rules on consumer loan contracts to smooth the process of settlement necessary under borrowers relief legislation passed last year, Hungarian news agency MTI reported.

Szijjártó meets Kazakh Prime Minister

Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjártó held talks with Kazakhstan's Prime Minister Karim Massimov in Astana yesterday. Szijjártó told Hungarian news agency MTI that he also met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Erlan Idrissov, Chairman of the Senate Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Minister of Investment and Development Asset Issekeshev and Minister of National Economy Erbolat Dossayev. 

Report: Government’s pressure on media grows

Last year the Hungarian media scene was chiefly characterized by the centralization of state advertising, growing government pressure on media outlets and overt political intervention in newsroom practices – including the forced removal of editorial teams – Mérték Media Monitor said today in its report entitled ‘Gasping for Air - Soft Censorship in the Hungarian Media 2014’.

Gov't closes Sunday closure law loopholes

The Hungarian government decided not to add any more exceptions to the restrictions on Sunday business hours, government spokesperson Zoltán Kovács said after a cabinet meeting late yesterday.

PM expects 'escalating conflict' with Brussels

Hungary is against the European Union's plan to oversee intergovernmental energy agreements created by member states, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told reporters yesterday, according to Hungarian news agency MTI.

Szijjártó holds talks with diplomats on Putin's visit

Hungary’s foreign minister Péter Szijjártó yesterday held consultations with foreign diplomats on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Budapest. 

Poll: Satisfaction with government stays low

According to the latest survey by Hungarian Median, 64% of the participants said they believe that Hungary is on the wrong track while 29% believes that the country is on the right track, Hungarian online daily index.hu reported. 

Hungary could build stadium in Russia

A Hungarian company could build a football stadium in Russia for the upcoming football World Championships in 2018, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told journalists at a private meeting yesterday, Hungarian online daily vg.hu reported.

On visit, Putin promises cheap gas for Hungary

Russia's President Vladimir Putin promised to provide cheap energy for Hungary over the long term yesterday in a joint press conference after his meeting with Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Budapest

Hungary discusses energy with Serbia

Prime Ministers Viktor Orbán of Hungary and Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia, and Foreign Ministers Péter Szijjártó of Hungary and Ivica Dacicheld of Serbia held talks in Subotica yesterday, to discuss the energy security and the boosting of bilateral economic cooperation, the Hungarian prime minister's press chief Bertalan Havasi told Hungarian news agency MTI.

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