Hungarians seeking HUN citizenship in Ukraine harrased by state

The treatment of the Hungarians in Ukraine is unacceptable The news has reached the Hungarian ministry of foreign affairs that ethnic Hungarians living in Ukraine who are applying for their Hungarian citizenship are beeing harrased by the Ukrainian state security service. The KMK in Hungary says that the Hungarians are contacted by phone and by letter and they are asked to give their written statement about weather it is true or not that they have applied for their Hungarian citizenship. The organization therefore wrote two days ago an open letter where they called for the infringement of rights to be stopped. The Hungarian Ministry of Foreign affairs is orienting itself in this case, said János Martonyi, Minister of Foreign Affairs to the tv show “Az Este” at Hungarian MTV1.

Semjen Zsolt calls it unacceptable that the Ukrainian state security service is harrasing the Hungarian population of Zakkarpatia Oblas/Transcarpathia. The Vice-Minister responsible for the national security policies is awaiting the response of the Ukrainians to his letter.

Hungary February trade surplus revised up to EUR 831m

Budapest, May 4, 2011 (MTI-ECONEWS) – Hungary had a trade surplus of EUR 831m in February, up from EUR 400.8m in January, and also up from EUR 394.2m a year ago, the Central Statistics Office (KSH) said on Wednesday, revising the surplus up from EUR 816.4m in the first reading released on April 8.

The trade surplus was a balance of EUR 6.076bn of exports and EUR 5.836bn of imports, up 27.2pc and 20.4pc, respectively from a year ago. Exports and export growth were raised more than imports from the first reading.

Euro-term export growth picked up from 16.1pc in January and import growth slowed from January’s sharp 30.2pc, boosted by a low base.

In volume terms, February exports rose 21.1pc yr/yr, a touch slower than in January, and imports rose 14.6pc, significantly lower than the 22.9pc twelve-month increase registered in January.

January-February exports reached EUR 12.743bn, rising 26.6pc in euro terms and 21.1pc in volume terms. Imports in the first two months, at EUR 11.512bn, were 25pc higher in euro terms and rose 18.6pc in volume terms from a year earlier.

The January-February trade surplus widened EUR 376m from a year earlier, to EUR 1.232bn.

The trade surplus for 2010 was EUR 5.525bn, up from EUR 3.74bn in 2009.

Hungary’s terms of trade deteriorated 0.8pc in the first two months as forint-term export prices rose 5.8pc and import prices rose 6.7pc. The forint weakend 1.7pc against the main currencies of trade in the period.


EU provides funding for Croatia-Hungary border mine clearance

Budapest, May 4 (MTI) – Efforts to clear landmines from hundreds of square miles in Croatia have been under way for several years, and another 800 square kms are set to be cleared by 2019 with the help of EU funds.

The Hungarian-Croatian border has mines, planted at the beginning of the 1990s, running along 80 kms on the Croatian side, and it is likely that some were also placed on the Hungarian side of the border, too, Lieutenant-Colonel, Gyorgy Bozsing, a border official with Baranya County police headquarters, told MTI on Wednesday.

Large tracts of land on the border are mine-infested, a legacy of the Yugoslav wars.

Bozsing said the project, ongoing for two years, involves drawing up a digital map of dangerous areas. In the past few days, the project won a competitive bid to receive 3 million euros in EU funding, he said.


Magyar Telekom to modernise mobile network with Ericsson

Budapest, May 4, 2011 (MTI-ECONEWS) – Magyar Telekom on Wednesday announced the start of a large scale modernisation of its mobile network with longstanding partner Ericsson.

As part of the network modernisation, Ericsson will replace the current 2G and 3G wireless base stations to unique, multi-standard RBS 6000 equipments developed for GSM/EDGE, WCDMA/HSPA Evolution and LTE technologies, Magyar Telekom said. Once the necessary frequencies are available, Magyar Telekom will also be ready in 2011 to offer LTE services to its customers through the new fourth generation LTE technology provided by Ericsson.

In the first stage of the modernisation, Magyar Telekom will set up 200 new HSPA+ stations in Budapest offering internet at super-fast speeds of 21 Mbps. HSPA+ will be available across the entire network by 2013.

The agreement will offer further cost saving potential, including a 50pc saving in energy costs, Magyar Telekom said.