One person fined for smoking so far.

Until now the public space inspectors have fined one person for smoking in the forbidden to smoke zones at a BKV Public Transport stop – says Istvan Miklos, the vice chief of the FVKF – Public Area Fascility Management Service to inforadio.hu.
It’s been forbidden to smoke at public transportation stops since Ferbruary,  but it’s only been two weeks since the fining of those breaking these rules started, reports index.hu

The BKV stops have become cleaner, since they forbade smoking, said
Istvan Miklos to InfoRadio.  He emphasized that: most people keep respect the ban, and thus protect others by not lighting their smoke.

Budapest mayor sets ball rolling to move Soviet memorial, rename public squares – paper

Budapest, March 23 (MTI) – Budapest’s mayor, Istvan Tarlos, has started talks with his Moscow counterpart on moving the memorial to fallen Soviet soldiers from the city centre, and the municipal council will soon debate renaming Roosevelt Square, Magyar Nemzet daily said on Wednesday.

The memorial to the “Soviet liberators of Hungary” occupies Szabadsag (Freedom) Square in downtown, and has been the focal point of anti-Soviet demonstrations and calls for the memorial to be removed.

The plan to rename Roosevelt Square, in front of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences on the Pest embankment of the Danube, Szechenyi Istvan Square, after the country’s first prime minister who also established the Academy, will be discussed at a session of the municipal council on April 6.

In turn, Szabadsag Square, which is overlooked by the American Embassy, is to be renamed Roosevelt Square, according to the plan.

Source: mti.hu

Malev CEO resigns over pay

Budapest, March 22, 2011 (MTI-ECONEWS) – Martin Gauss, the CEO of Hungarian national carrier Malev, has resigned from his post after failing to reach an agreement on his compensation, the Hungarian National Asset Management Company (MNV) told MTI on Tuesday.

Budapest, March 22, 2011 (MTI-ECONEWS) – Martin Gauss, the CEO of Hungarian national carrier Malev, has resigned from his post after failing to reach an agreement on his compensation, the Hungarian National Asset Management Company (MNV) told MTI on Tuesday.

Mr Gauss’s resignation will be effective from May 31, 2011. Until then, he will actively participate in the management of the airline, MNV said.

“MNV adheres to the principle regulations relevant to the wage cap in the case of its own employees and the management of companies entrusted to its holding,” MNV said.

The government introduced in September a monthly wage cap of gross HUF 2m for all public sector workers. The cap does not apply to state companies but is used for state-owned institutions that are supported by budget money.

Troubled Malev was renationalised in March 2010.

(HUF 100 = EUR 0.3684)

Source: mti.hu


Hungary’s PM Orban says govt mulling pros and cons of food VAT cut

Budapest, March 22 (MTI) – The government is examining the pros and cons of whether to cut the rate of value-added tax on some food products, Prime Minister Viktor Orban told a news conference on Tuesday.

Commenting on a report in today’s Nepszabadsag daily that the Agriculture Ministry was proposing a 5 percent VAT rate for basic food products — costing the central budget 240 billion forints — Orban said impact studies would decide the issue.

“The government has not yet made a decision because the various studies which have been carried out point to entirely different outcomes,” Orban said, adding that preparatory work was under way and the experiences of previous VAT cuts would be weighed up.

The paper said the farm ministry had outlined one scenario to cut VAT on pork and poultry products from 25 percent. Another proposal would also include bread and dairy products — now taxed at 18 percent — in the 5 percent bracket. The third would also include eggs and cooking oil.

A positive effect on consumption would help to offset the decline in budget revenue and nudge consumers back towards products sold legitimately, the paper said, without citing any sources.

Source: mti.hu