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Air Rescue called – didn’t have time.

On the 2. of April the Air Rescue service was alarted to Kartal, for a serious incident.
However, the only helicopter of the Budaörs base was while in duty time on it’s way to Vienna – for money, index.hu reports.
According to the director of the air rescue services, the dispatch central knew about the transport of the person to Vienna, and therefore sent an ambulance.
Peter Temesvari admitted however that; at this time we only have one helicopter, so if it is out and flying patients, it can not fly in urgent cases.

Wizz Air opens Belgrade base.

Bases an A320 to operate new destinations from Belrade.

Hungarian low cost airline Wizz Air started it’s operations out of Belgrade on May 10 2010, when starting a flight to London Luton four times weekly, later adding in June flights from Dortmund three times a week. Flights to Malmö and Rome Fiumiciono began same year in the middle of December.

Last week however, the airport became a designated base with Wizz Air basing a designated A320 at Belgrade with the introduction of five new destinations, with: Brussels South, Charleroi (CRL), EIndhoven (EIN) in the Netherlands, Gothenburg City Airport (GSE), MEmmingen (FMM) In Bavaria, Germany, as well as the Stockholm Skavsta (NYO) airport in Sweden.

Wizz Air opens up it’s Belgrade base.

Hungarian govt committed to battling corruption

Budapest, April 5, 2011 (MTI-ECONEWS) – Hungary’s government is committed to fighting corruption, Minister of Public Administration and Justice Tibor Navracsics said at a conference organised by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) on Tuesday.


Mr Navracsics noted that the government had allocated more money in this year’s budget to prosecutors and courts to make the battle against corruption more efficient. Hungary’s new criminal law will contain stricter rules and stiffer penalties for corruption, he added.

The government is working on a new, more transparent public procurement law that is expected to come into force next year, he said.

United States Ambassador to Hungary Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis said progress in the area of transparency was tangible in Hungary, but strength and persistence would be necessary to achieve further results.

“”I am certain that Prime Minister Orban and his government want to crack down on corruption , and that is the best that can be done in the interest of the Hungarian economy,” she said.

Fewer than 40pc of Hungarian employees think the companies they work for operate in a transparent manner, compared to 60pc in Western countries, said AmCham head Istvan Havas, citing data from  survey from 2009.
source: mti.hu

Montenegro has good chance to meet EU accession criteria, according to Schmitt

Budapest, April 5 (MTI) – Montenegro is “on the right track” to meet the European Union’s accession criteria before the end of the year, Hungarian President Pal Schmitt said at a joint press conference with his Montenegrin counterpart Filip Vujanovic in Budapest on Tuesday.

Vujanovic, who is on a two-day official visit in Hungary, said that the two countries’ military cooperation in Afghanistan’s reconstruction was exemplary.

The Montenegrin president urged closer agricultural cooperation with Hungary, while Schmitt said that education and culture were areas of possible further cooperation.

Asked about the European integration of the Western Balkans, Schmitt said that Montenegro could play “a very positive role” in that process through its aspirations to become “the driving force of regional cooperation”. He added that the European Union should provide countries in the region with a “clear perspective” of joining the community.

Schmitt also said that he would soon meet presidents of the region for talks aimed at promoting the integration process.

Vujanovic is to meet Prime Minister Viktor Orban as well as Speaker of Parliament Laszlo Kover. Vujanovic will also lay a wreath at the monument to the unknown soldier and attend a state dinner given in his honour.
Source: mti.hu

PM Orban meets European Jewish Congress leaders

Budapest, April 3 (MTI) – Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Sunday received the leaders of the European Jewish Congress, whose annual meeting is currently held in Budapest.

Orban and the Jewish leaders, including Moshe Kantor, the Congress’s President, Serge Cwajgenbaum, the Secretary General, and Raya Kalenova, Deputy Secretary General, urged dialogue between the European Union and religious groups, Peter Szijjarto, the PM’s spokesman, told MTI. The leaders asked Orban to help support the strengthening of such a dialogue.

Peter Feldmajer, the head of the federation of Hungarian Jewish communities Mazsihisz, and Gusztav Zoltai, the chief executive of Mazsihisz, also attended the meeting with Orban, Szijjarto said.¨

source: mti.hu

All sludge flood victims to be compensated by June, says official

Budapest, April 3 (MTI) – All victims of last year’s toxic sludge disaster in Hungary will be fully compensated by the end of June, Gyorgy Bakondi, the government commissioner in charge of disaster management, told MTI on Sunday, on the six-month anniversary of the tragedy.

Bakondi said the October 4 incident — a reservoir burst at an alumina plant in western Hungarian causing nearby villages to be flooded by toxic red sludge — had destroyed hundreds of homes. Ten people were killed in the disaster and over 120 received hospital treatment.

Bakondi said all the victims will have received either new accommodation or financial compensation from the government — according to their choice — by June. The overall damage is estimated at 10 billion forints (EUR 38m).

He said 21 new homes had since been built in Kolontar and 87 in Devecser, two of the villages worst hit by the spill. About 40 percent of damaged and irreparable homes had been levelled in Devecser.

Rehabilitation of farmland and the Torna stream is still under way, and containing the spilt red sludge has been completed on a 100-hectare area, Bakondi said. Protective dams have been built to protect those who still live in the area, he added.

The faulted alumina plant, Mal Zrt, went back online at the end of February. It is operating under state supervision for the next two years using a new dry technology, Bakondi said. The firm provides 6,000 jobs to locals, he noted, adding it is crucial that the plant should not be shut down.

He said that a bill proposing that companies using hazardous materials should pay 0.1 percent of their revenues into a disaster prevention fund is soon to go before parliament.

source: mti.hu

Stalin, Haynau and Jellasics no longer honorary citizens of Budapest.

Nine people, amoung them Stalin, Haynau and Jellasics was taken off the list of honorary citizens of Budapest, after a unilateral descision was made at the Budapest City Coucil today. According to a statement published on the official website of the Budapest city council on budapest.hu  The rules for giving names to streets was also changed today, as streets may now be named after a person 5 years after that persons death, (as opposed to the current 25 years)

Museum of Fine Arts drawings exhibition to open in Jerusalem

Budapest, March 31 (MTI) – An exhibition of drawings from the Esterhazy collection of the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts will open in Jerusalem’s Israel Museum on Friday.

Entitled “The Prince and the Paper. Masterworks from the Esterhazy Collection”, the display will feature drawings by Raphael, Veronese, Annibale Carracci, Piranesi, Durer, Hans Baldung Grien, Lucas Cranach, Lucas van Leyden, Rembrandt and Poussin.

The Hungarian state purchased the unique collection of 600 paintings, 3,500 drawings and 51,000 prints from the princely family back in 1871, which became later the biggest international attraction of the Museum of Fine Arts.

The Jerusalem event is the fifth in a series of major displays over the past year and a half, attracting over one million museum-goers in Kyoto, Tokyo, the Pushkin Museum of Moscow, and the Royal Academy of London.

Israel Museum presented a collection of its masterpieces to the Hungarian public at an exhibition entitled “The Heritage of the Holy Land” in the summer of 2008.

The Jerusalem exhibition will be open until July 1.

source: mti.hu

Hungary has EUR 366m c/a surplus, EUR 875m external financing capacity in Q4 – 1st reading

Budapest, March 31, 2010 (MTI-ECONEWS) – Hungary had a current account surplus of EUR 366m and net external financing capacity — a positive combined balance of the current account and the capital account — of EUR 875m in Q4 2010, unadjusted figures published by the National Bank of Hungary (NBH) on Thursday show.

Both the current account surplus and external financing capacity narrowed from the downward revised Q3 figures but increased sharply from a year earlier.

Calculated as a sum of the four quarters, the country had a EUR 2.031bn c/a surplus in 2010, up sharply from EUR 332m in 2009. The country’s net external financing capacity more than doubled to EUR 3.821bn from EUR 1.442bn in 2009, the first reading shows.

The NBH revised the 2009 external financing capacity up from EUR 753m as it revised an earlier reported EUR 429m c/a deficit for 2009 into a EUR 332m while reducing the 2009 surplus on the capital account by EUR 73m to EUR 1.109bn as part of the current revision.

After adjusting for seasonal effects, Hungary’s external financing capacity was EUR 1.101bn or 4.1pc of GDP in Q4, up from EUR 921m in Q3 last year and up from EUR 616m a year earlier.

The seasonally adjusted current account surplus was EUR 534m in the fourth quarter of 2010, up from an upward revised EUR 506m in Q3, but down from EUR 613m in the first quarter and from EUR 549m in the second quarter of last year.

Hungary’s external financing position as well as its c/a balance has been in surplus since Q2 2009, the revised figures show.

Seasonally adjusted net inflow of transfers from the European Union, including current and capital transfers, rose to EUR 934m in Q4 — up EUR 103m from Q3 and their highest level since Hungary’s EU accession in 2004 –, and were responsible for the bulk but not all of the quarter’s net external financing capacity.

The surplus on trade of goods and services continued to exceed the shortfall on income transfers in Q4 2010, as has been the case since Q2 2009. The seasonally adjusted revenues from the export of goods has been exceeding that of the previous quarter from the beginning of 2009, and the adjusted import expenditure has been up from the previous quarter since Q2 2009.

Hungary shifted from a net external financing requirement into a financing ability in Q2 2009 as the 2008 crisis resulted in a widening surplus on trade and services, profits of foreign-owned companies shrank and net transfers from the EU increased.

Seasonally adjusted exports in Q4, at EUR 22.213bn, rose to their highest value since Q2 2008, and adjusted imports rose to EUR 20.1bn, the highest since Q4 2008. The adjusted trade surplus widened EUR 158m to EUR 1.243bn in Q4 2010.

The adjusted surplus on tourism was little changed from the previous quarters at EUR 466m, with both tourism spending and revenues practically unchanged from Q3.

The EUR 158m seasonally adjusted surplus of services excluding tourism was also practically flat with hardly changed revenues EUR 2.598bn and spending of EUR 2.445bn in Q4. Services excluding tourism has been in surplus every quarter since Q2 2009.

A seasonally adjusted deficit on income flows rose further, to EUR 1.405bn, increasing steadily since Q1 last year, the NBH said noting that data on reinvested income remain an estimate until September 2011.

Unadjusted accrual-based figures show that Hungary received EUR 258m current transfers from the EU in Q4, bringing the 2010 total to EUR 1.208bn. Capital transfers from the EU totalled EUR 849m in Q4 and EUR 2.222bn last year.

source: mti.hu