Hungary stands up for the European ideal of freedom of expression, and wants to decide for itself if it wants immigrants or not, the Prime Minister said in an EP debate in Strasbourg.
In Debrecen on Monday Prime Minister Viktor Orbán emphasised that the Government regards Debrecen as a success story, or “flagship” of a successful Hungary.
PM Orbán, Julio C. Maglione, President of FINA, and István Tarlós, Mayor of Budapest, jointly laid down the foundation stone of the principal site to host the 2017 World Aquatics Championships.
At a press conference, Minister János Lázár spoke about the results of the Wednesday cabinet meeting such as the introduction of the e-card, pay rise of public administration workers and Paks II.
The Government is planning to create a support programme for large corporations which will provide an incentive for them to embark on further developments, Nándor Csepreghy, Deputy State Secretary for Development Policy Communication at the Prime Minister’s Office told MTI, the Hungarian News Agency on Tuesday.
Minister for National Economy Mihály Varga received in his office European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Elżbieta Bieńkowska. The politician, who visited Budapest for the first time as Commissioner, discussed with Minister Varga challenges that the European industrial and SME sectors are facing.
After signing a cooperation agreement as a part of the Modern Cities Programme with the Mayor of Székesfehérvár András Cser-Palkovics on Tuesday, the Prime Minister said that developments aimed at improving the quality of life are to begin in Székesfehérvár: the city centre will be expanded, a concert hall and a multifunctional sports and events centre will be built, and a housing programme will be launched.
In the opinion of Fitch Ratings, Government efforts aimed at reducing general government debt and keeping the economy on a sustainable growth path have been bearing fruits. As a confirmation of positive economic processes, in its upbeat press release, the rating agency upgraded Hungary’s rating outlook from negative to positive and thus, the country is only one notch away from investment grade category. Several factors have triggered the revision.
We may expect the conclusion of agreements in the next two weeks which will enable the First National Public Utility Service Provider to also start supplying electricity, in addition to gas, in the second half of the year, and consultations have likewise begun regarding district heating services, János Lázár, the Minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office announced at the press conference Government Info 9, which he held jointly with Secretary of State for Government Communications András Giró-Szász.
The Prime Minister’s Office welcomes the Solidarity Sabbath initiative called to life by the Tom Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice in an attempt to underscore the importance of the fight against anti-Semitism, incitement of hatred and exclusion, as well as the importance of tolerance.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó told national TV channel M1 on Thursday that Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Slovakia have agreed on regional gas supply cooperation. In terms of the agreement, the countries will connect their pipeline networks and make them suitable for reverse-flow supplies.
Economic growth has been the driver of wage increases, Minister of State for Vocational Training and the Labour Market Sándor Czomba told public news channel M1 commenting on the latest wage data showing that wages in real terms were up by 4.1 percent in the first quarter of 2015.