Hungarian grocery prices soar to the sky

According to the Central Hungarian Statistical Office (KSH),  the food producers sell their product at an average 50% increase, compared to last years prices

The most dramatical rise is in grain, where consumers now have to pay up to the double price, compared to April last year.
Price on fruits rose with 40%, while vegetables with 13%.

The prices may fall again during the summer, but only if the harvest is good.

Hungarian Parliament approves modifications to constitution

The Hungarian parliament has approved of the modifications to the new constitution.

All in all 150 changes to the original draft to the constitution was made, among these are leaving out suggestions like modifying the national flag with the addition of the Holy Crown, and changing the counties into comitates.
But the right to self defence, and the definition of the national colours remain as additions in the new constitution. Before the vote Hungarian President Pál Schmitt evaluated the new constitution, saying that he felt it regrettable that some Members of the Parliament obstained from the process of creating the new constitution.  The national assembly will approve the new constitution on next Monday, Hungarian national TV reports.

Budapest Airport’s New SkyCourt Operates Smoothly

The SkyCourt, the new passenger hall at Budapest Airport has been operating in regular daily traffic since 27 March. Everything has been working seamlessly since the opening; passengers appreciate the high-quality services offered by the building.

At 4 a.m. on 27 March, the day when the winter schedule gave way to the new summer schedule, partition screens from the corridors to Terminals 2A and 2B were removed, and the SkyCourt was opened to regular use by passengers. The passengers of flight MA 612 of Malév Hungarian Airlines to London Gatwick were the first to enter the new central hall; the first two guests in the facility were a Hungarian lady and a Slovakian transfer passenger, Budapest Airport writes in a press release.

The shops and restaurants housed in the SkyCourt opened one after the other; 10 550 departing and 1188 transfer passengers used the terminal building on the first day. It was one of the duty managers who best summed up the experiences of the first few days when he said: “…everything is working as if the SkyCourt had been operating for years.”

Passengers have been moving through the terminal with ease and self-confidence, which is a tribute to the coordinated work of the terminal’s designers and the team of engineers and facility management specialists who determined the layout of the inner spaces and supervised preparations for the opening. Of course there are always a few minor repairs to be carried out; these are taken care of by Budapest Airport’s “rapid reaction” maintenance team who are on duty around the clock in the SkyCourt during the initial period.

The building is able to take the load of heavy traffic; this already became clear during the open weekend on 19-20 March, when the SkyCourt was opened to the general public, before being handed over into regular operation. No less than 17 000 people visited the facility over the two days, when the operator of Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport organized two large concerts and numerous other programs.
In the next few weeks following opening, Budapest Airport will commission all 12 passenger security screening lanes, thus taking the SkyCourt to its full capacity. Traffic at the airport is traditionally high during the summer peak season, with the number of passengers at Terminal 2 potentially exceeding 30 000 per day during this period.
The development of Terminal 2 will not stop with the handover of the SkyCourt. As of 1 April, Budapest Airport will begin the complete internal refurbishment of Terminals 2A and 2B in phases, which is expected to last until the fall.

TELENOR AND DJUICE JOIN FORCES TO GROW TOGETHER

In the space of a year, djuice has experienced a sevenfold increase in its popularity with young people and has turned into a real experience brand. It has expanded its handset portfolio, introduced instalment plans and restructured its distribution network. That is, djuice has made major achievements and it has ambitious plans for the future, Telenor Hungary writes in a press release.

To support these ambitious plans, Telenor is integrating djuice into its Commercial Division to improve efficiency and use synergies. Organisational restructuring aims to improve sales and distribution and enhance customer service and handset support. The success of the brand is demonstrated by the fact that 28% of young people has marked djuice as their favourite mobile operator. This means that djuice has increased its popularity with young people sevenfold over the past 12 months.

The past year saw many djuice-related community and funding programmes and other initiatives giving young people an opportunity to show themselves to the world. The brand focusing on the talent and stage fever of young people has created a community growing both in the physical and virtual worlds. The number of djuice fans on Facebook exceeded 22,000 early this year. As a result of all these activities, the ratio of people below 26 has been constantly growing in the customer base of Telenor.

“Djuice continues to be a strategic brand and an important part of Telenor’s business. The newly announced changes will help us make the company more cost effective and better use the synergies between our brands. I’m confident that with the new setup we’ll take new momentum and achieve new successes together”, said Christopher Laska, CEO of Telenor Hungary.

Since December last year, djuice products have been available at over sixty flagship shops of Telenor. Now their availability has been extended to the entire Telenor sales network. This way, young people can meet the brand at more physical sites which generates extra revenues. Currently, the djuice portfolio comprises over fifty handsets including Android-based and other high-end smartphones. The tariffs, services and the handset offering of the brand have all been tailored to the needs of young people. Telenor will not change this approach and will continue to focus on strengthening the brand now supported from within the company.

As a result of the above restructuring, Balázs Biró’s position ceased to exist. Consequently, he is leaving the company. “I wish Balázs Biró all the best for his future career and thank him for his strong passion and efforts in relaunching the djuice brand”, said Christopher Laska.

Hungarian Drugmakers: Will pay crisis tax if it supports healtcare wages

The Hungarian Association of Drugmakers (MAGYOSZ) told MTI on Monday that they are willing to pay a crisis tax generating HUF 25bn in revenue, if the state puts the money back into the healthcare sector in the form of remuneration for doctors and nurses.

In it’s Monday issue, Daily Magyar Nemzet reported that the government had told drug companies that the drug subsidy measures to be introduced from July 1 would result in a HUF 25,9 net improvement in budget.
Drugmakers were prepared to pay 5pc of their turnover from factory gate sales of subsidised drugs on the crisis tax, Magyosz said.
Susbidised drugs are already taxed, along with drug sales representatives.
The first round of talks between the drugmakers and the government on changes to the drug subsidy system was finished last week, said Magyosz. More negotiations are to follow.