See below main business and financial news from the previous week:
BUDAPEST AND SOPRON AMONG THE CHEAPEST EUROPEAN CITIES
The Budget Your Trip travel portal has compiled a Travel Cost Index, ranking the most visited European cities by order of how much one tourist spends there a day on average. Two Hungarian cities are featured, Budapest and Sopron, although the Hungarian travelling website, Turizmus.com, warns readers to take the ranking with a pinch of salt. Read more HERE.
INCREASE IN DEMAND FOR NEWLY BUILT APARTMENTS IN BUDAPEST
Experts say that real estate investors in Budapest tend to look for newly built apartments to rent rather than renovating old apartments and selling them for a high price, which used to be the trend in the capital. Read more HERE.
CONVERGENCE PROGRAMME SHOWS STEADY GROWTH AROUND 4 PC IN COMING YEARS
Hungary’s GDP growth is set to stay around 4 percent in the coming years, according to the country’s latest Convergence Programme posted on the website of the European Commission. The programme puts GDP growth at 4.1 percent in 2019, 4.0 percent in 2020, 4.2 percent in 2021 and 4.1 percent in 2022. The projections for 2019-2021 are 0.3-0.6 percentage points over those in the previous year’s convergence programme.
ORBÁN BRUSHES OFF CONCERNS OVER DEBATE ON EC PROPOSAL
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that neither Hungary nor any other country in Central Europe has to fear a debate over the rule of law or the European Union budget. Hungary, especially, has nothing to worry about when it comes to the rule of law, because the country underwent a full review in 2013 and “we have our certificate saying that the rule of law is in order”. The European Commission earlier proposed establishing a mechanism that would link payouts of EU funding to respect for the rule of law in member states.
HUNGARIANS EARN MORE MONEY – MERITS OR GUILTS OF FIDESZ?
The Hungarian elections won by Fidesz reveals that there is a majority of voters who voted for them because they feel that the economy is functioning good, moreover, they also think that their individual financial status is improving. How can it be interpreted? Are the government measures that could be thanked for today’s relative economic growth? Read more HERE.
SIEMENS, KNORR-BREMSE WIN HUF 7.8 BN CONTRACT FROM MÁV
Germany’s Siemens and Knorr-Bremse won a 7.8 billion forint (EUR 25m) contract to deliver bogies and brakes to the passenger unit of state-owned railway company MÁV. Deliveries of the bogies and brakes to MÁV-Start will begin in the summer of 2019. They will be used for IC+ carriages.
EC RAISES HUNGARY 2018 GDP GROWTH FORECAST TO 4.0 PC
The European Commission raised its projection for Hungary’s GDP growth this year to 4.0 percent in a fresh forecast. The projection was raised from 3.7 percent in a forecast released in February. The EC put 2019 GDP growth at 3.2 percent.
LOT LAUNCHES DIRECT BUDAPEST-NEW YORK FLIGHT
Polish airline LOT launched a direct flight between Budapest and New York City. LOT will operate the flight between Budapest Liszt Ferenc International and JKF in New York City four times a week year-round.
Source: MTI, DNH