With demonstrations outside – Fidesz plan accepted

The Hungarian parliament has approved the motion by János Lázár and István Balsai, making it possible to decrease payments of early retirements, and even transforming these payments to social welfare help.

A change in the constitution has been made, as the suggestion by Fidesz has been approved. The changes include making it possible to decrease early retirement payments., as well as transforming them into social welfare help.
People who opt for retiring at an earlier age and who are still able to work might even risk losing their pension.

After a motion set by MSZP the vote on the proposition set forth by János Lázár, István Balsai and Márta Talabér, were voted on by name.  According to MTI the propostition was only supported by the members of parliament of the governing Fidesz party as well as the independent Lajos Pősze.

Minster says Hungarian vegetables are safe

The Hungarian minister of Rural Development says on Hungarian national TV that the Hungarian produce is safe, also asking the stores to bring back Hungarian groceries to their shelves, in order to help the sector

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In light of the recent E.coli epidemic that has grown in Europe in the past weeks, Dr. Sándor Fazekas, Hungarian Rural Development minister said that the famin is several hundred kilometers from Hungary, and that they are still investigating the reason for this. As it has been estasblished that the cucumber is not dangerous, and the Hungarian produce is safe, so it’s sufficient that people wash the vegetables and fruits thoroughly. In an interview on mtv he says ”I’d like to ask all merchants, small and
large, Hungarians and multi nationals, to bring back he Hungarian products in their shops. It is in this way that we can help the sector, and the producers, whom we can see are in deep trouble, and this is how we can bring to the consumers the healthy Hungarian groceries, vegetables.”

Orbán: I don’t care if they move into my bedroom

Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán said to the reporter of Hungarian TV2 that he doesn’t care if the demonstrators move from the streets and into his bedroom, he will still carry on with the pension reforms.

The case in question is the pension reforms for public servicemen, making amoung others retired firemen aged 57 and under obligated to return to service.  Servicemen were protesting today in Budapest against the suggested reform that would make them work longer, but the prime minister didn’t have much for them besides his proposition.

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Change in Magyar Telekom’s management

Magyar Telekom’s Board of Directors appointed Róbert Budafoki to the Chief Operating Officer position in charge of heading the Business Services Business Unit (T-Systems) of Magyar Telekom, effective from June 1, 2011, Magyar Telekom announced in a press release.  As of his appointment, Róbert Budafoki becomes a member of Magyar Telekom’s Management Committee.

Tibor Rékasi, who has headed the Business Services Business Unit since December 2010 on an interim basis, while retaining his previous tasks, will return to the Managing Director position of IQSYS. “Tibor Rékasi has demonstrated an excellent performance at accomplishing the challenges posed by the interim period. We highly appreciate his work”, Christopher Mattheisen, Magyar Telekom’s Chairman and CEO emphasized.

Róbert Budafoki is 44 years old. He graduated at the Budapest University of Technology in electrical engineering. He started his career at KFKI in 1991 as computer systems engineer. From 1992 he worked for Olivetti as systems engineer, later product and account manager. In 1995 he joined Cisco Systems Hungary as one of its founders and became General Manager in 2001 and General Manager Consumer Business and Marketing Central and Eastern Europe in 2006. From 2008 he was the founder CEO of Central Europe On-Demand (CEOD) which provides software and cloud computing services for business customers in eleven countries of the Central and South East European region (Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey).

Telenor Future Research Symposium: new-generation network for efficiency in education

Telenor launches future research event series.

Speakers of the first Telenor Future Research Symposium expect solutions made available by the new mobile network to trigger fundamental changes in education. Increasing broadband coverage and implementing new-generation networks are key to digital economy and information society. In response to this need, Telenor started developing its network in January this year. As a result, it will soon launch its new Hipernet service offering data rates higher than before. With this move, Telenor will provide subscribers with an enhanced user experience and pave the way for future developments. These developments will enable anytime and anywhere learning and lead to the emergence of rich interactive curricula.

The network modernization project of Telenor launched in January will open new chapter in the history of the Internet and make the Hipernet service offering higher data rates available to the entire population of Hungary. In addition to providing access to new technology, it will also make daily Internet use more enjoyable. “The event series launched by Telenor today aims to present seemingly futuristic mobile communications solutions that will become an integral part of daily life in the future”, said Frank Klausz III, Chief Corporate Development Officer, at the opening event of the Telenor Future Research Symposium.

The Telenor Future Research Symposium featured experts demonstrating how the growth of mobile communications will shape the future of education and how the learning process will change as a result of opportunities provided by the new infrastructure.

“By 2015, there will be 7.1 bn mobile Internet-enabled devices in use worldwide and tablets will generate a data traffic higher than that of all current mobile devices combined. Smartphones will also have a data traffic sixteen times higher than today’s average value [1]”, said Frank Klausz III. “The widespread use of infocommunications technologies will change school-based and other types of education out of recognition. With higher education being so open to adopting new technologies, this change may happen earlier than you would expect.”

Hipernet will make no-compromise Internet a reality which means that students may move from text-based learning to multimedia content. M-learning solutions offer real and immediate benefits enabling knowledge sharing from anywhere in the world. This will make learning an interactive cross-border experience.

“The ongoing information revolution will transform our life and learning the same way as the industrial revolution transformed everything from work to family structure and education. Teaching limited in time and space – e.g. classroom-based teaching – will be replaced by a new setup in which knowledge will be provided by an interactive environment rather than a specific educational institution. We’ll move from instructor-driven one-to-many information sharing to empirical learning focusing on relationships rather than facts”, said Zoltán Galántai, future researcher.

“The increasingly important role of mobile telephony has been supported by international statistics. There are over 5 bn mobile handsets in use worldwide which makes them the most widely used communication device. The trend is reinforced by the explosive growth of smartphones spreading four times faster than traditional handsets. There will be 450 million smartphones produced in 2011 alone. A major consequence for education is that e-learning will be replaced by a new phenomenon called m-learning which includes both the educational use of mobile technology and anywhere (mobile) learning”, said Róbert Pintér, Online Account Director of Szonda Ipsos.

In the UK, the benefits of m-learning have already been tested in practice. The pilot m-learning system called Mobile Learning Network (MoLeNet) has been used by 40,000 students and 7,000 staff in 100 different projects. Student performance is monitored and compared to that of students learning in a traditional environment and the results clearly show an increase in performance for those using a mobile device. [2]

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“The world has changed. And this change is already a thing of the past. It is not a question for the digital generation. Anytime and anywhere access to content is part of their lifestyle and they no longer consider mobile telephony, television and network communication as different systems. They live in a dynamic world of content and relationships and they demand access from any device or terminal. For them, empirical learning is natural. But is education based on a 19th century model natural for this generation?”, asked film critic András Réz. He believes that being the primary source of knowledge, schools of the future will have to provide students with content management systems and introduce them to humane values.

Participants of the event were presented several futuristic solutions such as 3D presentations based on the stereoscopic display technology used in 3D cinemas. This technology uses two powerful projectors to project two images on a special silver screen converted into 3D experience by the human brain. Another highlight of the event was the forward-looking educational software of WebCam Laboratory, winner of the audience award for the most innovative solution at the recent Innovation TechShow. This tool was designed to make science education more spectacular and enjoyable.

More information of Telenor Hipernet: http://www.telenor.hu/hipernet/index.html
Infographics on the future of education and the growth of mobile communications: http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/56792114?access_key=key-sq1i01htxiuzkayjlvt

The infographics is available for download at http://bit.ly/mzRv8S.

[1] Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2010–2015
[2] http://www.molenet.org.uk

from telenor.hu press release

LÓRÁNT LIMBURGER ACTING CEO OF MALÉV

The General Assembly of the Hungarian national airline has appointed Lóránt Limburger as acting Chief Executive Officer of Malév with effect from 1 June 2011. The air industry professional has been CEO of Malév Ground Handling Zrt. since 2007, and while acting as senior executive of the carrier he will continue to oversee the operation of MGH, Malév publishes in a press release.

Speaking at the General Assembly meeting on 27 May, Lóránt Limburger thanked Chairman of the Board of Directors of Malév Dr. János Berényi as well as the entire board and management for their support. He told those assembled: “I will do everything I can to help ensure that our airline survives into the future. I will put all my energy into working in partnership with the Board of Directors so that through Malév we will be able to navigate our way through the current situation.”
Lóránt Limburger was appointed to the post of CEO of Malév Ground Handling at the request of the owners from 13 July 2007, when he returned to Malév after a break of nearly three years. Under his management the ground handling company has operated profitably year after year, in addition to which his managerial expertise is associated with the implementation of numerous innovations and important developments.
Starting in 1993, Lóránt worked for many years as a ground handling sales executive in the field of Malév ground handling, then for four and a half years from 2000 he oversaw service activities as traffic director of Malév. In the wake of this position he moved – in December 2004 – to Budapest Airport as head of the Ground Handling Directorate, then from the autumn of 2005 he became general manager of Budapest Airport Handling Kft. In October 2006 he continued his activities connected with the ground handling of aircraft as managing director of Celebi Kft.

CHECK-IN FOR MALÉV FLIGHTS EXCLUSIVELY AT TERMINAL 2B FROM 1 JUNE

Malév customers in Hungary begin all their trips from Terminal 2B of Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport.

From 1 June passenger check-in takes place with four additional check-in desks at Terminal 2B, in other words from the beginning of the month check-in for all Malév services – irrespective of destination – is handled exclusively in a single terminal.

Once the check-in procedure is completed and after spending time in the new SkyCourt building, Malév customers should present themselves for boarding in exactly the same way as before, that is they depart from the terminal serving either Schengen (T2A) or non-Schengen (T2B) destinations. Accordingly, arrivals are also handled in the same way i.e. passengers coming from Schengen countries arrive at Terminal 2A and passengers coming from non-Schengen countries arrive at Terminal 2B.

Customers will also find the redesigned and more spacious Malév ticketing office at Terminal 2B, while the office located at Terminal 2A is being closed down from the initiation of the new operating system.

malev.com press release.

State debt down to 65-70% by the end of govt term

Viktor Orban says Hungarian state debt will fall down to a 65-70%, in a meeting in Dublin today with influential Irish investors interested in Hungary. Talks were also held about Hungary’s EU Presidency, as well as the plans for Croatia to be taken up as an EU member, Hungarian mtv news reported today.

The simple tax system and loss of state debt were two subjects that received praise by the Irish investors, who
shared their experiences gained in the Hungarian market with the prime minister.

Hungary has taken on heavy tasks during it’s EU Presidency, amoung them beeing the common energy policy, the extension of the Schengen area, Croatias entry into the EU as well as the creation of a common Roma Stratergy,

Orban Viktor emphasized that Hungary will always be a strong bel
iever in low taxation, and that he denies the harmonization of taxation within the EU, saying that the low taxes generate competition, competition that the EU needs.

He also added that Hungary had come out of the need for IMF help, and had re-entered the financial markets.