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NATO summit – Orbán: Balkan countries should be integrated into NATO

NATO summit – Orbán: Balkan countries should be integrated into NATO

Brussels, May 25 (MTI) – Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said ahead of a NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday that attention should be drawn to the importance of integrating countries of the Balkans into NATO, arguing that enlargement would be crucial to consolidating peace and stability in the region. “The Balkans is a complicated place and there are tensions,” he said. Orbán confirmed that Hungary would meet its obligations by increasing its defence spending to about 2 percent of GDP by 2024. Orbán urged NATO members to confirm their commitment to increasing their defence spending and presenting a timetable...

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Election committee rejects LMP’s Paks referendum initiative

Election committee rejects LMP’s Paks referendum initiative

Budapest, May 25 (MTI) – The National Election Committee (NVB) rejected on Thursday a submission by the green opposition LMP party which had sought approval for referendum questions concerning the secrecy of documentation and the budget related to the planned expansion of the Paks nuclear power plant. LMP lawmaker Ákos Hadházy turned to the committee with a request to hold a plebiscite on removing the secrecy clauses. In the proposed referendum, voters would have been asked: “Do you agree that parliament should enact declassification of all documents concerning the upgrade of the Paks nuclear plant?” The majority of the...

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Vona: One million signatures needed for wage union initiative

Vona: One million signatures needed for wage union initiative

Gyöngyös, May 25 (MTI) – Countries participating in a bid launched by opoosition Jobbik to equalise wages throughout the European Union have one year to collect a total of one million signatures in support of the initiative, party leader Gábor Vona said on Thursday. The European Commission approved the European citizens’ initiative prepared jointly by eight central and eastern European member states last week, giving them the green light to start collecting supporting signatures. The campaign will have to gather a minimum number of signatories in at least seven member states on its way to the one million signatures....

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New airport hotel structurally complete in Budapest – PHOTO GALLERY

New airport hotel structurally complete in Budapest – PHOTO GALLERY

Press release – Eight months after earthworks began and the foundation stone was laid, all the floors of the first airport hotel in Hungary with direct terminal access have been constructed, and the highest point of the structure has been reached. During the traditional topping-out ceremony, the managers of WING Zrt., the developer, and Budapest Airport announced that the hotel is due to receive the first guests at the end of this year, as planned. The hotel being constructed near the car park at Terminal 2, in cooperation by Budapest Airport and WING Zrt., is structurally complete. Market Építő...

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Currency exchange – Hungarian Forint – 25.05.2017.

Currency exchange – Hungarian Forint – 25.05.2017.

Budapest, May 25 (MTI) – Official forint fixing of the National Bank of Hungary: Australian dollar 204.7 Brazilian real 83.66 Bulgarian lev 157.51 Canadian dollar 204.06 Chinese yuan 39.89 Croatian kuna 41.48 Czech crown 11.65 Danish krone 41.4 Euro 308.06 Hong Kong dollar 35.17 Iceland krona 2.73 Indian Rupee 4.24 Indonesian Rupiah (100) 2.06 Israeli shekel 76.56 Japanese yen (100) 245.13 Malaysian Ringgit 64.07 Mexican peso 14.89 New Romanian lei 67.7 New Zealand dollar 192.59 Norwegian kroner 32.92 Philippine Peso 5.5 Polish zloty 73.67 Pound sterling 355.61 Russian ruble 4.88 Serb dinar 2.51 Singapore dollar 197.91 South African rand...

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Opposition lawmakers slam government family support concept

Opposition lawmakers slam government family support concept

Budapest, May 25 (MTI) – Lawmakers of the opposition LMP and Együtt parties criticised the government’s family support concept as being “narrow-minded” and targeted in funding, on Thursday, before the opening of an international family summit in Budapest. With its family support policy aimed at giving “ideological education” to society, the government ignores reality, a co-leader of LMP told a press conference. The Budapest summit will champion the traditional family model, which is represented today by merely 39 percent of Hungarian families, Bernadett Szél said. Single-parent families, accounting for 20 percent of all, are in the biggest trouble, she...

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International family summit – Orbán: Government to increase family tax benefits

International family summit – Orbán: Government to increase family tax benefits

Budapest, May 25 (MTI) – Europe is undergoing political and intellectual change; its citizens have revolted and are forcing changes to migration policies, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in his opening address to the International Family Summit on Thursday. The government will further increase family tax benefits, with two-child families being the focal point of the scheme, he said. Orbán outlined an action plan designed to encourage couples to have children, saying that 2018 would be “the year of families”. He announced that the government would pay off 1 million forints (EUR 3,200) of families’ mortgages for every third and...

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Budapest’s Danube Arena to host the greatest water polo players of Europe

Budapest’s Danube Arena to host the greatest water polo players of Europe

The Final Six of LEN Champions League will take place in the Danube Arena between 25 and 27 May. Top men’s water polo players fight for victory on the continent in a traditional six-group tournament. The tournament will be the first international event held in the Danube Arena, venue of the swimming and diving events of the 17th FINA World Championships. Title defender Croatian Jug Dubrovnik, last year’s silver medallist Greek Olympiacos, Italian Pro Recco and AN Brescia, as well as two Hungarian top teams, last year’s bronze medallist Szolnoki Dózsa-Közgép and ZF-Eger will participate in the Final Six...

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Kincsem breaks box office record for Hungarian film

Kincsem breaks box office record for Hungarian film

Budapest, May 25 (MTI) – Kincsem, an homage to the world’s greatest thoroughbred race horse, has broken the box office record for a Hungarian film, distributor Forum Hungary told MTI. The film’s box office receipts reached 500 million forints (EUR 1.6m) on Tuesday, Forum Hungary said. More than 374,500 people have seen the film since it opened a little more than two months ago, it added. Kincsem is directed by Gábor Herendi. The Hungarian National Film Fund contributed more than 2 billion forints to the film’s 2.9 billion forint budget. Kincsem, foaled in Hungary in 1874, won 54 races...

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