POLITICS

EC launches infringement procedure against “plaza ban”

Thursday 03:30, April 24th, 2014

The European Commission has launched an infringement procedure against Hungary concerning a ban on the construction of large-scale shopping centers and hypermarkets. Ruling party Fidesz responded by vowing to defend the law...Read more

SEE Geothermal Conference in Vecsés next week

Thursday 01:00, April 24th, 2014

The local government of Budapest’s district XVIII has announced the “GeoSEE European Conference,” a meeting of geothermal energy specialists from Hungary and throughout the South Eastern Europe region, to be held in Vecsés next week...Read more

Pancho Arena inaugurated in Felcsút

Tuesday 01:30, April 22nd, 2014

Pancho Arena, that football stadium which continues to gather intermittent international media attention as a symbol of Minister Viktor Orbán’s dictatorial power, was inaugurated in the PM’s hometown of Felcsút yesterday...Read more

Emmis to appeal ICSID decision on Sláger Rádió – if possible

Tuesday 08:00, April 22nd, 2014

In response to an ICSID decision against now-defunct Sláger Rádiólast week, station owner Emmis Communications yesterday stated that the company “will explore other venues for appeal of the unlawful taking of the station” by the government – if “any other viable forums exist,” that is.Read more

ICSID rules in favor of government v. Sláger Rádió

Friday 09:15, April 18th, 2014

The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on Wednesday ruled in favor of the state of Hungary in a dispute with radio station Sláger Rádió regarding the legal authority of a 2009 decision not to renew the station’s frequency. Read more

MEKH reassures on national natural gas supply

Friday 08:30, April 18th, 2014

In an apparent attempt to mollify concerns regarding the country’s natural gas supply, the Hungarian Energy Regulatory Office released a statement yesterday which promised that, under average weather conditions, imports from Western nations can meet demand for now...Read more

Constitutional Court rejects two energy service provider complaints

Thursday 12:30, April 17th, 2014

The Constitutional Court has shot down two complaints from Hungary-based utility providers in an attempt by the latter to argue infringement of legal rights with regard to energy-sector taxation and certain extraordinary fees, among other issues…Read more

EC advances three infringement procedures against Hungary

Wednesday 02:00, April 16th, 2014

The European Commission on Wednesday said it took three infringement procedures against Hungary to the next level. The procedures concern antitrust law for the farm sector, excise duties on spirits and trade of tobacco products...Read more

Croatia PM: INA-MOL dispute could become “arena”

Tuesday 12:00, April 15th, 2014

Croatian PM Zoran Milanović warned in a television interview this week that differences between his country and Hungarian interests over Croatia-based oil-and-gas company INA threaten to become an “arena” for “a war in which I don't want to fight...”Read more

Election 2014: Fidesz supermajority, LMP seats confirmed

Monday 08:00, April 14th, 2014

The Fidesz party’s two-thirds parliamentary supermajority in the April general election was confirmed Saturday after the official counting of 99.99% of valid votes. Also of note was green-centered LMP, the fourth-place finisher in the popular vote, retaining its five seats...Read more

Martonyi: Hungary set to transport gas into Ukraine

Friday 12:00, April 11th, 2014

Hungary stands ready to transport gas into Ukraine and the technical means for doing so are at its disposal, Foreign Minister János Martonyi has stated, with his ministry further reiterating that “Hungary firmly supports Ukraine’s territorial integrity...”Read more

Final vote count could deny Fidesz 2/3, LMP seats

Friday 08:30, April 11th, 2014

Election news: A final vote tally could put Fidesz below the two-thirds parliamentary previously held and/or eliminate LMP representation altogether; the ruling party and DK announce EU parliament candidates; and Fidesz received a huge majority of ballots cast from abroad -- no, really huge...Read more

ECJ rules against tax-free exemption for pálinka distillers

Thursday 11:30, April 10th, 2014

Now this one could hurt: The European Court of Justice made official today the long-rumored striking down of a Hungarian law exempting taxes on small-scale pálinka production. A reported 15 million liters of the national tipple could be affected...Read more

ECJ: Firing of data protection director illegal

Wednesday 10:00, April 9th, 2014

Immediately after his election victory, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was reminded of his government’s often tense relations with EU authorities: Yesterday, the ECJ ruled that the PM had broken European law in dismissing national data protection agency director András Jori in 2012...Read more

Government in talks on E.ON unit acquisition, reaffirms stand on utilities

Tuesday 02:00, April 8th, 2014

The government is continuing talks with Germany-based utilities giant E.ON on acquiring its three gas network and customer service units in Hungary, National Development Minister Zsuzsa Németh said on at a press conference today...Read more

Election observers: Opposition given serious disadvantage in 2014 [video]

Tuesday 10:30, April 8th, 2014

Election observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) yesterday held a press conference to summarize findings from Sunday’s election and the verdict is not exactly good...Read more

Orbán in post-election international press conference

Tuesday 08:15, April 8th, 2014

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán held his third international press conference as a national election winner, but his first as reelected incumbent yesterday; introductory remarks described the election as “reaffirm[ing] about everything we’ve done over the past four years...”Read more

Varga: Russia sanctions not in Hungary’s interests

Monday 02:30, April 7th, 2014

Reiterating his boss’ late March statement that economic sanctions against Russia would “best be avoided” as neither in the interest of Europe nor Hungary, National Economy Minister Mihály Varga said essentially the same on national TV the day before parliamentary elections...Read more

After Bell, Obama to publicly release ambassador qualifications

Monday 08:30, April 7th, 2014

“Thanks” in part to the naming of TV soap opera producer/large-scale Obama campaign contributor Colleen Bradley Bell to the position of US Ambassador to Hungary, the Obama administration will begin publicly posting qualifications of nominees to such positions...Read more

Fidesz-KDNP in landslide victory, retain 2/3 Parliamentary majority

Monday 08:00, April 7th, 2014

*The* news of the year in Hungary was last weekend’s national Parliamentary elections. To the surprise of essentially no one, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz-KDNP coalition enjoyed a landslide victory and his coalition won 133 of the reformed Parliament’s 200 seats...Read more

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