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Former socialist MP sued for billions

Laszlo Kapolyi, former MP for the socialist has been sued for 10 million Euros, or 2,6 billion HUF, in a civil law suit, raising the police’s interest in this case.

International trains late

Several international trains on the route between Budpaest and Vienna has been delayed by up to one hour, because of limited traffic on a rail track in Austria.

KDNP would suggest a “Sunday compromise”

The christian democrat politican would imagine that family owend companies would not have to be keep closed on Sundays.

Full hit on the 6-er Lotto.

There is one lucky winner of the HUF 206 million.

The winning numbers are

6  16  22  25  31  40

6 right numbers give HUF 208, 377, 355.
5 right numbers give HUF 408, 635.
4 right numbers give HUF 6,850.

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Orbán and Farkas agrees – 100 thousand unemployed roma gets jobs

In the framework agreement it says that they will be re-education. 20 thousand young roma will aquire a profession.
10 thousand students will graduate with their baccalaureate, while five thousand will get the oportunity to take part in higher education.

Budapest Orgy party’s details exposed

A German company pleased it’s best agents with prostitutes in Budapest. The German press compares the sexy orgy with the scandals of Strauss-Kahn.

Shoe factory invests over 1BN HUF in Hungary
After dissatisfaction with quality results of their productions in Asia and Moldova, German Josef Seibel Group will bring back a part of it’s production to it’s Hungarian subsidiary company for the production of shoes at their Csengere plant, Világgazdaság wrote in it’s Friday edition. The final molding machine is installed this week.  After the 1.1 BN HUF investment the plant, located close to the border with Romania will be able to produce up to 8000 pairs of shoes a day.

Most popular Hungarian music videos

List of current popular Hungarian music videos

According to,
these are at the present the most popular Hungarian music videos:

Artists with most songs reaching over a million hits:

L.L. Junior 12 songs
Tankcsapda 10 songs
Kárpátia 8 songs
Children of Distance 8 songs

Daily average views:

1. Kati Wolf What about my dreams 63915
2. Fluor Mizu 48153
3. Erős Dávid MIZU (Fluor Opera cover verzió) 37393
4. Wolf Kati Szerelem, miért múlsz? 29469
5. Janicsák Veca Most múlik pontosan 23437

Ten most viewed Hungarian music videos, in brackets the combined number of views of all videos of to the song:

1. Fluor: Mizu 10.641.816
2. Csík Zenekar: Most múlik pontosan 8.116.105
3. Csicsi: Pimpinkin 7.341.181
4. Children of Distance: Emlékezz rám 6.896.110
5. Quimby: Most múlik pontosan 5.987.094
6. Omega: Gyöngyhajú lány 5.610.549
7. Open Stage Székelyland: Aranka szeretlek 5.282.364
8. Alma együttes: Ma van a szülinapom 4.892.278
9. Fluor feat. SP: Partyarc 4.728.306
10. Wolf Kati: What about my dreams 4.410.131

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Hungarian soldiers’ body to be brought back to Hungary.
The minister of defence said that so far in the past year 4 Hungarian soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan.

Hungarian Ambassador helps hostages to be freed in Tripoli.
2 American, 1 British and 1 Spanish journalist was freed from hostage in Libya with the help of the Hungarian ambassador to the country. They travelled afterwards to Tunisia in the Hungarian Ambassador’s car for return from there to their home countries. Hungary beeing the only EU country left with an embassy open in Libya worked with intense and enduring diplomatic work, said the Hungarian minister of foreign affairs, János Martonyi at a press conference.

The EU Roma stratergy has been approved by the ministers of social affairs of the EU member countries in Brussels.
The work for this strategy was prepared by the Hungarian EU Presidency. After the meeting the EU member countries wille each prepare their own strategies for the Roma population by the end of the year. This will then be evaluated in Brussels by the EU.
Social issues such as integration, living standard, high number in school drop-outs as well as lower life expectancy are some of the issues dealt with by the strategy.

RMDSZ (Romanian-Hungarian Democratic Alliance) threatens to leave coalition
The RMDSZ says that it will leave the coalition it is in if the Hungarian students will again would be deprived of the possibility to study the geography and history of Romania in their native language.  The parliament in Bucharest approved restricions to the use of the native language of the ethnic minority of Hungarians in the education system. The RMDSZ also dislikes that the coalition in Bucharest didn’t to anything to promote the law of miorities in Romania.

Budapest Airport welcomes inaugural airBaltic flight from Riga

Budapest Airport yesterday welcomed the first airBaltic flight linking the Hungarian captial city with the Latvian capital city of Riga.

Flight number BT491 touched down ahead of the 12:15 scheduled time to a welcoming committee, including representatives of Budapest Airport, Budapest Mayor’s Office, the Latvian Ambassador and representatives of the Hungarian National Tourist Office (HNTO).

airBaltic has launched four flights weekly between the two cities with the new schedule representing Budapest Airport’s first flights to the increasingly important commercial hub of Riga. The route is expected to carry 24,000 year-round passengers.

The flight schedules are Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays:
Depart Riga 11:00 Arrive Budapest 12:15
Depart Budapest 12:40 Arrive Riga 15:55

Source: Press Release

Budapest Airport Triumphs as European Champion in Routes Europe Airport Marketing Awards

Budapest Airport has been announced as the overall winner of this year’s Routes Airport Marketing Awards during the Gala Dinner at the Routes Europe forum at the luxurious Forte Village resort in Cagliari, Italy. More than 700 aviation professionals gathered for the 6th Routes Europe conference.

Budapest Airport, a first time nominee in the awards, was commended for its “very polished and concise submission,” by the judges. “The entry detailed route development incentives, in-depth market analysis, passenger research, the involvement of stakeholders and social media in joint campaigns and 13 new air services in the last 12 months, including Qatar Airways and American Airlines to New York,” said Nigel Mayes, Vice President, UBM Aviation Routes, at last night’s awards ceremony.

Dave Stroud, Executive Vice President, Airports, UBM Aviation, said: “The standard of marketing activities undertaken by airports never fails to impress me. Budapest Airport is a worthy winner and I am confident that their continued efforts will encourage many new routes and developments at the airport.”

In collecting the award, Patrick Bohl, Head of Airline Development, Budapest Airport, said: “I was delighted to pick up the award in the Central & Eastern Europe category, but am absolutely thrilled to have won the overall European region prize ahead of such strong competition.”

Director of Aviation at Budapest Airport, Kam Jandu said: “These awards represent the combined efforts of the entire Commercial team at Budapest Airport, who in the last two years have really made a quantum leap in putting Budapest Airport Airline Development and Marketing at the forefront of airline route development. It is especially gratifying to have our achievements acknowledged by industry experts and other key influencers.”

The Routes Airport Marketing Awards have become synonymous with recognising and rewarding the highest standards of marketing activities undertaken by airports. They work on the core principal that the people who are best placed to judge an airport’s marketing activities are its primary users: the airlines themselves.

After being nominated by airlines, the airports are then asked to submit details about their route development activity and results. A panel of judges considers these submissions and scores them based upon how it matches the entry brief, route development content, evidence of relationship with airlines, innovative ways of marketing to airlines, results, effectiveness and creative application.
The European regional awards are split into four categories: Scandinavia and the Baltics (winner Copenhagen Airport); Western Europe (winner Amsterdam Airport); Mediterranean and Southern Europe (winner Barcelona Airport) and Central & Eastern Europe (winner Budapest Airport).

About Budapest Airport

Budapest Airport Zrt. operates Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. This is a public private partnership with the Hungarian State holding 25% and the remaining 75 percent owned by German company HOCHTIEF AirPort, one of the world’s biggest independent airport managers, together with a further four financial investors: Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Montreal; GIC Special Investments, Singapore; and KfW IPEX-Bank, Frankfurt. In July 2008, Aero Investment S.á.r.l. became a new shareholder.

Through its BUD Future project Budapest Airport aims to be the aviation hub of the CEE region. Leading projects include:

SkyCourt – a new centrally located building which formally opened on 27 March 2011, and links the existing terminals 2a and 2b. The contemporary glass structure offers an impressive view of the apron and aims to provide passengers with a unique travel experience.

Cargo City – New on-airport cargo facilities will feature 140.000sqm of cargo and logistics terminals designed for airlines, handlers and integrators.

Budapest Airport incorporates two terminals. Terminal 1 is a dedicated low cost carrier terminal and Terminal 2 services the traditional carriers. The airport is also the base for Malev, Hungary’s national airline and part of the One World alliance and is home to a further 32 airlines, serving over 92 destinations which represents 40 countries worldwide.

Source: Press Release

Hungary part of common European airspace

Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovak Republic and Slovenia sign agreement towards the Single European Sky
Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovak Republic and Slovenia have signed an agreement to create the “Functional Airspace Block – Central Europe” (FAB CE) an important step towards achieving the Single European Sky.

Slowly the political objectives of the Single European Sky legislation adopted in 2004 is coming into reality with Member States taking the necessary steps to ensure the creation of functional airspace blocks, or FABs. The agreement marks the realisation of the fourth FAB in Europe. The other European Union Member States are expected to sign similar agreements in the coming year.

European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, said:

– The FAB CE agreement is an important achievement bringing together five European Union Member States and two neighbouring States into a structured cooperation to better manage the airspace and optimise the provision of air navigation services to deliver the performance requested by airspace users. In view of the location of the FAB on the South-East axis and the forecasted growth in traffic in this area, its success will depend on the efficient implementation of the cooperation structures and optimisation of the air navigation service provision.”

The creation of functional airspace blocks is one of the cornerstones of the Single European Sky. They are an important driver to deliver increased performance and will change the landscape of air traffic management (ATM) services. For air navigation service providers, the creation of the functional airspace blocks opens cooperation opportunities, which will facilitate a response to the new binding performance targets established under the Single European Sky legislation. FAB CE will involve a high density airspace with main traffic flows East-West, often crossing multiple Air Navigation Service Providers towards the northern part of the airspace. Traffic increases to the western and southern parts of the FAB.

The FAB CE agreement creates the framework, general conditions and governance under which the contracting states intend to ensure air traffic management and the provision of air navigation services in the context of the Single European Sky legislation.

FAB CE will be governed by a Council (the decision-making body) representing the interests of both civil and military aviation with sub-committees:

Joint Civil Military Airspace Coordination Committee (JCMACC) for strategic coordination of national airspace management and airspace design policies, air traffic flow and capacity management processes and civil-military cooperation.

The National Supervisory Authorities Coordination Committee (NSA CC).

Other bodies established by Council as necessary for implementation, operation and further development of FAB CE.

The FAB CE agreement is part of the common response to the Single European Sky performance scheme, whose objective is “to achieve optimal performance in the areas relating to safety, environmental sustainability, capacity, cost-efficiency, flight efficiency and military mission effectiveness, by the design of airspace and the organisation of ATM in the airspace concerned regardless of existing boundaries”. The FAB CE is targeting a common FAB CE performance plan consistent with the EU-wide performance targets as from the second reference period, i.e. 2015.

Next steps

Ratification of FAB agreement and finalisation of agreements between the National Supervisory Authorities and the Air Navigation Service Providers.


Hungarian bill seeks to scrap early retirement pensions

Budapest, May 13 (MTI) – Pensions paid to people under the official retirement age are set to be scrapped and replaced by a social subsidy for people who qualify, but those who don’t will have to return to work in order to make a living, according to a bill submitted to parliament by the ruling Fidesz party MPs Janos Lazar and Istvan Balsai on Friday.

The proposal seeks to stipulate that old-age pensions shall be granted to people when they reach the official age of retirement.

But certain groups specified, such as women who have worked for 40 years, can still qualify for early retirement, the bill states.

Retirees under 62 may receive a social subsidy instead of their current pension as an incentive to take up employment again, according to the bill.


Rights NGO asks MEP Tokes to highlight attacks against ethnic Hungarians

Oradea, May 13 (MTI) – Hungarian human rights NGO, the Council of Human Dignity (EMT), has asked Hungarian MEP of Romania Laszlo Tokes to highlight a recent rise in the number of attacks against ethnic Hungarians and discrimination throughout the Carpathian Basin, EMT’s chairman said on Friday.

Zoltan Lomnici, a former chief justice, said it was worrying that an increasing number of politicians in neighbouring countries had made anti-Hungarian remarks, and asked Tokes, who is a Vice President of the European Parliament, to raise the issue in European Union forums.

Lomnici said that over 20 Hungarian memorials in countries around Hungary had been vandalised during the first four months of 2011, 15 of them in Romania. He said that EMT condemned all forms of negative discrimination, including anti-Hungarian expressions. Repeated violation of ethnic rights or national dignity is unacceptable in the 21st century, he added.

Tokes said the EU should work out a self-reliant minority protection system and sufficient methods to protect human rights. The former bishop pledged to raise the issue of the attacks at an forthcoming summit of European church leaders in Brussels, to be attended by heads of the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission.


Budapest to host European water polo championships in 2014

Budapest, May 13 (MTI) – The European Swimming Federation (LEN) on Friday granted Budapest the right to host the 2014 women’s and men’s European water polo championships.

The LEN Bureau, meeting in Reykjavik, decided in favour of Budapest, over its main rival Istanbul, in a secret ballot.

Eleven members voted for Budapest and three for Istanbul, with two abstentions, Tamas Gyarfas, the Hungarian deputy president of LEN, said.

The Hungarian capital will host the European men’s water polo championships for the fourth time, and the women’s tournament for the second time.