Historic spas open restricted areas to visitors on World Water Day

Budapest, March 21 (MTI) – Marking World Water Day on Tuesday, four of Budapest’s historic spas will offer guided tours to visitors to parts normally closed to the public, a spokesperson of the Budapest City Management Centre (BVK) said on Monday.

For three days starting on Tuesday visitors to Szechenyi, Dagaly, Lukacs and Gellert will get a chance to see the thermal water wells feeding these baths, as well as the water pump facilities. The Gellert will also put on display a wave induction machine built and operated since 1927, said Panni Szucs.

Visitors will have a chance to see the thermal lake that feeds Lukacs and entry tickets to Dagaly will be offered with a discount.

This will be the first year that the Budapest spa management company joins the annual World Water Day celebrations, Szucs said.

source: mti.hu

EU Presidency – EU not directly involved in Libya military operations – Martonyi

Brussels, March 21 (MTI) – European Union military forces will not be directly involved in operations in Libya, Hungarian Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi told MTI in Brussels on Monday ahead of a meeting of EU foreign ministers.

Martonyi said the ministers were convening to discuss a crisis plan which contains two basic elements: humanitarian aid and an arms embargo with naval monitoring.

“What is certain is that the EU will not be directly involved in military operation. But if member states so judge, then they can participate in naval monitoring,” the minister said.

He said he trusted that military operations already under way would turn out successfully, adding that Hungary “completely supports this action politically”.

source: mti.hu

Malev pilots, flight attendants to go on warning strike on Wednesday

Budapest, March 21, 2011 (MTI-ECONEWS) – The unions representing the pilots and flight attendants of Hungarian airline company Malev will stage a two-hour warning strike on Wednesday, Tamas Ovari, head of the trade union Hunalpa, told MTI on Sunday evening.

The strike will start at 10am, affect a couple of flights, and cause delays of up to 10 minutes for others, he said.

The unions demand that the minimum time of rest for the crew should be extended by an hour or two.

In the absence of an agreement with the management, the unions will call a general strike for 10am on Friday, Ovari said.

Mihaly Hardy, the spokesman for Budapest Airport, which operates Budapest’s Liszt Ferenc Airport, said there are hardly any flights at the airport during the time the pilots will hold their warning strike. The pilot’s union did not request a permit from Budapest Airport for the strike, he added.

Source: mti.hu

József Huszlicska appointed Chief Technology Officer of Telenor

As of 1 April, József Huszlicska will replace György Koller as Chief Technology Officer of Telenor Hungary.

Mr. Koller will continue his career at Telenor Pakistan. This function is not a new one for József Huszlicska who held key technology positions in Ukraine and Hungary before.
József Huszlicska has a diverse and broad experience in IT system and SW development. He achieved excellent results in network development and operation and played a key role in establishing Telenor’s 3.6 million-strong customer base in Hungary.
Most recently, József Huszlicska has been managing Telenor’s network modernization project. Between 2003 and 2008, he was Chief Technology Officer of Pannon, then he was CTO of Kyivstar GSM, the Ukrainian operating company of Telenor. Earlier, he worked in the United States as an engineer for several years. Upon his return to Hungary, he joined Nokia as a manager.
“I am extremely happy to welcome an outstanding expert like József Huszlicska in this position. With his leadership, we can maintain the momentum of our network modernization project that will largely contribute to the growth of mobile broadband technology in Hungary and will allow us to provide excellent services to our customers”, said Christopher Laska, CEO of Telenor Hungary.
“Implementing Hungary’s largest network modernization project will be an exciting and challenging period for Telenor’s technology team. As the head of this area I will work to make the results of our project tangible for our customers as soon as possible”, said József Huszlicska.

GYSEV offers free public internet service

Passengers can use free Internet service for work and entertainment in 17 railway carriages.

On 1 March 2011, GYSEV launched free public Internet service to passengers of IC carriages travelling on the Budapest-Sopron line. The public procurement tender to select a mobile operator for the service was won by Telenor.

GYSEV Ltd. offers free Internet service to passengers in 17 carriages travelling on the Budapest-Sopron line. On 12 November 2010, GYSEV announced a call for bids for the service. Bidders included Magyar Telekom Plc and Telenor Hungary Plc. The public procurement tender was won by Telenor that agreed to operate the service for HUF 6,354,000 for two years instead of the initial estimate of HUF 8,000,000.

The launch of the innovative solution unseen in Hungarian railway history was announced by Ilona Dávid, Chairman-CEO of GYSEV Ltd., Christopher Laska, recently appointed Chairman-CEO of Telenor Hungary Plc, and Zoltán Schváb, Deputy State Secretary in charge of transport of the Ministry of National Development, at a press conference today.

The railway company wanted to deploy GSM-based unlimited wireless Internet service offering the highest data transmission rates in its passenger carriages to make train travel more comfortable.

“GYSEV Ltd. implemented technical reconstruction projects at a value of about HUF 49 bn last year and it keeps expanding its service portfolio to better respond to consumer needs. There is a global trend on passenger trains to launch new services and provide broadband Internet access to passengers. The European Union is committed to encouraging European car users to switch to public transport such as train. Besides offering entertainment, smooth Internet access also enables commuters to work while on the train”, said Ilona Dávid, CEO of GYSEV Ltd.

“GYSEV is pioneering public Internet services in Hungary, and I’m very proud that Telenor was granted the contract to implement this forward-looking project. We are committed to growing the number of Internet users continuously and promoting Internet usage in Hungary. We believe that doing so we can contribute to eliminating digital illiteracy and improving the competitiveness of Hungary in the long run. Providing broadband Internet access to passengers of GYSEV carriages offers an excellent opportunity for Telenor to strengthen this ambition”, added Christopher Laska, CEO of Telenor.

GYSEV RailNet© is Hungary’s first free public Internet service for rail passengers.

Telenor.hu Press release

Hungarian govt says Gaddafi should go

Budapest, March 20 (MTI) – The Hungarian government thinks Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi should resign from power and give an account of his actions before an international court and the Libyan people, the Foreign Ministry told MTI in a statement on Sunday.

The Hungarian government fully supports the “particularly tough” resolution the UN Security Council approved for Libya on Thursday and the subsequent measures.

The resolution means more than enforcing a no-fly zone in Libya; it makes it clear that the civilians and the areas inhabited by them should be protected by all means possible. However, this effort should not imply the appearance of foreign occupation forces in Libya, the ministry said.

The statement notes that, in spite of the ceasefire, the Libyan government forces continued to advance and attack civilian targets.

“In this light, we welcome that our allies started to enforce the Security Council resolution,” the ministry said, adding that use of force remained the only option for the international community to defend Libya’s civilian population.

“The military action launched in the evening of March 19 is a clear message to Gaddafi,” the statement said.

The ministry expressed hope that the timely military intervention would prevent Libya from the tragedy experienced by Hungary’s neighbours in the Balkans during the 1990s.

Source: mti.hu