Jobbik calls for new pension system

Budapest, July 26 (MTI) - Radical nationalist Jobbik party has called for a completely new pension system including a progressive pension hike and a pension "ceiling". Citing a survey at a press briefing on Wednesday, deputy party leader Tamas Sneider said that the economic situation of pensioners had worsened during the past two years. The economic policy of the past 27 years has failed, he added.

European court advocate general argues for dismissing Slovakia, Hungary case on migrant resettlements

Brussels, July 26 (MTI) - The top European court's advocate general said on Wednesday that the case launched by Slovakia and Hungary challenging the legality of the European Union's refugee resettlement scheme should be dismissed.

Support for ruling parties strengthens, for leftist opposition weakens - Tarki

Budapest, July 26 (MTI) - Support for the ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance increased while for three opposition parties weakened in the second quarter of the year, a fresh poll released by the Tarki Research Institute on Wednesday showed.

Dialogue PM candidate promises basic income, HUF 150,000 minimum wage

Budapest, July 26 (MTI) - Gergely Karacsony, the opposition Dialogue party's candidate for prime minister, on Wednesday presented his party's election programme, which includes the introduction of a basic income and a 150,000 forint (EUR 490) minimum wage.

Around 60,000 people on sick leave in Q1

Budapest, July 27 (MTI) - The number of employees taking sick leave was between 59,000 and 64,000 during the first three months of the year, business daily Vilaggazdasag said on Thursday, citing data from the Central Statistical Office (KSH).

INTERVIEW - Botka: Socialist government to cut tax on wages below HUF 600,000

Budapest, July 27 (MTI) - Taxes will be reduced for everyone earning below 600,000 forints a month if the opposition Socialists enter government, the party's prime ministerial candidate Laszlo Botka said in an interview published in weekly 168 ora on Thursday.

Hungary jobless rate falls to 4.3 pc - KSH

Budapest, July 27 (MTI) - Hungary's rolling average three-month jobless rate fell to 4.3 percent in April-June from 4.4 percent in the previous period, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said on Thursday.

Subcontractor to blame for Russian code on public survey website, says data protection authority

Budapest, July 27 (MTI) - A professional error and negligence by the subcontractor that designed the website of the government's public survey was to blame for the website running a Russian analytical code, the head of the data protection authority (NAIH) said on Thursday.

Data protection authority warns of risks around parties storing data outside EU

Budapest, July 27 (MTI) - According to the head of Hungary's data protection authority NAIH, political parties' "storing personal data concerning (people's) political opinion in a third country may involve risks".

Economy ministry launches HUF 10 bn grant programme for small businesses

Budapest, July 28(MTI) - The economy ministry will invite applications for a total of 10 billion forints (EUR 32.7m) in grant money to support investments at microbusinesses and SMEs from the start of August, the head of the portfolio said.

Szijjarto rejects Austrian Social Democrat criticism

Budapest, July 28 (MTI) - Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto on Friday rejected criticism by the group leader of Austria's Social Democratic party SPO, and said that "Budapest may legitimately have a position different from Vienna".

LMP supports referendum on wage cap for public company heads

Budapest, July 28 (MTI) - The green opposition LMP party has joined a signature drive in support of a referendum to set a maximum wage for managers of state-owned companies, party co-leader Akos Hadhazy said on Friday.

Jobbik vows to turn Hungary into "food industry powerhouse"

Marcali, July 28 (MTI) - If elected into government in 2018, Jobbik will turn Hungary into a "food industry powerhouse", the radical nationalist party's leader Gabor Vona said in Marcali, in south-west Hungary, on Friday.

More than 50,000 applications submitted for home purchase subsidies

Budapest, July 28 (MTI) - More than 50,000 applications have been submitted for funding under the government's expanded Home Purchase Subsidy Scheme for Families (CSOK), an official of the Prime Minister's Cabinet Office said on Friday.

Jobbik to launch EU wage union signature drive on Aug 20

Miskolc, July 29 (MTI) - The radical nationalist Jobbik party will start collecting signatures for its bid to equalise wages throughout the European Union on August 20, the party's leader said on Saturday.

V4 authorises Fico to discuss double food standards with EU

Budapest, July 19 (MTI) - Prime ministers of the Visegrad Group countries have given authorisation to Slovak PM Robert Fico to discuss with European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker next Thursday complaints concerning inferior quality food products distributed by western companies in the region.

Orban: Joint working group to be set up for fighting terrorism

Budapest, July 19 (MTI) - At the initiative of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a joint working group on fighting terrorism will be set up with the Visegrad Group, Hungary's premier, Viktor Orban, said after a meeting of the V4 and the Israeli PM on Wednesday.

Hungary gross wages climb 12.9 pc in May

Budapest, July 20 (MTI) - The average gross monthly wage in Hungary rose by an annual 12.9 percent to 296,100 forints (EUR 968) in May, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said on Thursday.

Govt expands subsidy programme for buying bank card terminals

Budapest, July 20 (MTI) - Hungary's government has decided to offer subsidies for the purchase by businesses of another 30,000 bank card terminals, the economy ministry said on Thursday.

Deutsch: Hungary at forefront of digital revolution

Baile Tusnad, July 20 (MTI) - Hungary will be the first European Union country in which every household, by the end of 2018, will have access to internet speeds of at least 30 Mbit/s, and, as the country starts to roll out 5G services, Hungary also has the world's third most advanced mobile network, the government's commissioner for digital developments has said.

Szijjarto: European Commission in witch-hunt against central European countries

Budapest, July 20 (MTI) - The European Commission has launched a "witch-hunt" against several central European countries that speak about European challenges openly and honestly as well offering effective answers accordingly, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Thursday.

Orban: Border defence national duty

Budapest, July 21 (MTI) - The kind of country that cannot defend its borders is not a country, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in a radio interview on Friday.

Jewish community expresses gratitude to Israeli PM

Budapest, July 21 (MTI) - The Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation (EMIH) has expressed its gratitude to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for conveying through his three-day visit to Hungary the message that members of Hungary's Jewish community "can look to the future and freely express their identity while still remembering the pains of the past".

LMP: Replacement of school heads 'political showdown'

Budapest, July 21 (MTI) - The dismissal of school heads "is reminiscent of the vilest period of communism" and "an unprecedented political showdown", according to the opposition LMP party.

DK calls on minister to apologise for ethnic Hungarian Roma remarks

Budapest, July 21 (MTI) - The leftist opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) has called on the human resources minister to apologise to the Hungarian Roma community beyond the border for "labelling them a burden" in a speech he gave earlier this week.

Workforce share of ICT professionals in Hungary highest in region

Budapest, July 21 (MTI) - Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) professionals accounted for about 3.6 percent of all employed people in Hungary, the highest rate in the region, data compiled by Eurostat show.

Orban vows 'zero tolerance' for anti-Semitism - paper

Budapest, July 21 (MTI) - Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban confirmed his government's position of "zero tolerance" for anti-Semitic expressions, in an interview published by Israel Hayom daily on Friday.

Orban: Hungarian interests 'guiding star'

Baile Tusnad, July 22 (MTI) - Prime Minister Viktor Orban called Hungarian interests a "guiding star" for his government's foreign policy, in a Q and A at the "Tusvanyos" summer university in Baile Tusnad (Tusnadfurdo), in central Romania, on Saturday. Asked about whether he sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin or with US President Donald Trump, Orban said it was best if foreign policy was not tailored to particular individuals. Foreign relations should be shaped so that partners "are interested in Hungary's success". Russia, the United States, as well as China, Israel and Turkey are all such countries, he added.

Opposition parties comment on PM's speech at 'Tusvanyos' summer university

Budapest, July 22 (MTI) - At next year's parliamentary election Hungarian voters will chose "between Viktor Orban or Europe", Laszlo Botka, prime minister candidate of the opposition Socialist Party, said on Saturday.

Orban: Europe must regain 'independence from Soros empire'

Baile Tusnad, July 22 (MTI) - The European Union must regain its "independence from the empire" of US billionaire George Soros, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in a speech to the Baile Tusnad (Tusnadfurdo) summer university, in central Romania, on Saturday. Orban said an "alliance" had formed in Brussels between "the European bureaucratic elite and the Soros empire in opposition to the people". He said the "Soros plan" involved importing one million migrants to the EU and giving them 15,000 euros each. Moreover, migrants would be distributed among member states by a new EU agency, he said.