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Upcoming new legislation to protect Hungary’s southern border

“Parliament could amend several pieces of legislation at its extraordinary session next week”, Minister of Prime Minister’s Office János Lázár announced at a press conference.

The aim is to strengthen civic consolidation

Following a government conference on Tuesday, Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office János Lázár said that the main topic of the conference had been the strengthening of civic consolidation.

The country can only survive if we have an army

Hungary’s history of over a thousand years has proved that we can only survive if we have a defence force, Defence Minister Csaba Hende said at the military inauguration ceremony held on 20 August.

Cabinet asks to initiate an extraordinary parliamentary session

Minister Lázár announced that the Government will ask Fidesz and KDNP to initiate an extraordinary parliamentary session to debate amendments to the Penal Code related to illegal immigration.

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Order must be restored along the border

Prime Minister’s Office, August 28, 2015 12:37 PM

Hungary has no choice but to restore order along its border and that of the European Union, because otherwise it will be unable to successfully stem the flow of illegal immigrants, Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács said on Hungarian M1 television’s “Actual Channel” programme on Thursday evening.

Every state has the right to protect its borders

Ministry of Justice, August 28, 2015 11:27 AM

Every sovereign state has the right and responsibility to protect its own borders and accordingly we must take all permissible action against those who contravene European norms in the interests of protecting the citizens of Hungary and the European Union, the Minister of Justice declared.

Employment in Hungary hit new high in Q2 2015

Ministry for National Economy, August 28, 2015 11:18 AM

As the latest report of the Hungarian Central Statistical Office (KSH) shows, the number of people in employment has been above the 4 million mark for one-and-a-half years in Hungary. In May-July 2015, the number of those aged 15-74 years in employment grew by 139 thousand, to 4 million 224 thousand year-on-year. Thus, this indicator has reached a 23-year peak and the number of people in employment is more than 500 thousand higher than in 2010, at the change of Government. The unemployment rate declined further, to 6.8 percent, the best figure in 11 years.

Awards for Successful Enterprises, June-July 2015

Ministry for National Economy, August 27, 2015 4:19 PM

The Government holds enterprises in high esteem and helps them to extra funding by publishing calls for tender of operative programmes until the summer of 2017, Minister for National Economy Mihály Varga said at the presentation ceremony of the Awards for Successful Enterprises in Budapest at which the Minister this time honoured tourism enterprises.

Hungarian retail sector maintained growth momentum of past two years

Ministry for National Economy, August 27, 2015 11:40 AM

In June 2015, calendar-adjusted data show that the volume of retail sales rose by 6.2 percent year-on-year, while unadjusted data signal an even larger increase of 7.2 percent. This growth figure is the fourth largest within the EU, and more than three times larger than the EU average. Remarkable food sales growth in June confirms that consumers have adjusted to the introduction of Sunday shopping restrictions.

Job Protection Action scheme proven successful

Ministry for National Economy, August 26, 2015 4:35 PM

In light of data from June 2015, enterprises claimed allowances granted by the Job Protection Action for more than 850 thousand employees and thus employers have saved some HUF 300bn over the past two-and-a-half years, Minister of State for Employment Sándor Czomba told public news channel M1.

Three R&D calls for tenders published

Ministry for National Economy, August 26, 2015 10:54 AM

One of the main aims of the Economic Development and Innovation Operative Programme (EDIOP) is to boost the research, development and innovation activities of domestic enterprises. The three calls for R&D&I tenders announced on 25 August, which grant funding of altogether HUF 71bn, focus on this goal, Minister of State for the Utilization of EU Funding Balázs Rákossy said.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán: hard work and commitment is needed from the state apparatus to carry out civic consolidation

Prime Minister’s Office, August 25, 2015 6:30 PM

Minister of State for Government Communication András Giró-Szász informed MTI that at a governmental conference held on Tuesday, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that hard work and commitment is needed from the whole state apparatus in order to successfully carry out civic consolidation and to make it a part of everyday life.

Government to tighten legislation on dealing with migrants and people smuggling

Ministry of Justice, August 25, 2015 6:27 PM

The Government will put forward new legislation which can provide a “legal barrier” for Hungary’s border, following the physical barrier, Secretary of State Róbert Répássy has said.