Education and employment are the two key phrases in the integration of the Roma, Minister of Human Resources Zoltán Balog emphasised at the European Economic and Social Committee’s (EESC) plenary session in Brussels. The Hungarian Minister briefed the organisation about Hungarian achievements in this area.
“The Communist dictatorship is a common European heritage and it must be shown that that it’s not just Eastern European history” – said Minister of Human Resources Zoltán Balog at the press conference held marking the 25th anniversary of the Austrian-Hungarian border opening this Wednesday.
The Hungarian Government has increased this year’s healthcare budget by 10 billion forints (EUR 32.3 million) for the 2014 healthcare budget, Minister for Human Resources Zoltán Balog said at a press conference on Monday. He added that the extra money will go to general practitioners, health visitors and dentists. Minister of State for Healthcare Miklós Szócska added that compared to 2009 the budget for basic healthcare was 30 billion forints (EUR 96.9 million) higher, representing a 25 percent increase.
The Hungarian Government will spend 10 billion forints (EUR 32.1 million) on improving public education infrastructure, of which 3 billion forints each (EUR 9.62 million) will go towards building swimming pools, gymnasiums and classrooms, and one billion (EUR 3.21 million) will be spent on kindergartens, Minister for Human Resources Zoltán Balog said on Friday at a press conference in the northeast Hungarian town of Diósgyőr.
This year’s Budapest Spring Festival (BTF) will have twice as many performers at twice the number of last year’s venues, Minister of Human Resources Zoltán Balog said at a press conference on Tuesday.
The 716 million forint (EUR 2.3 million) renovation of the State Institute for the Blind has begun, Minister of State for Social and Family Affairs Miklós Soltész announced at a press conference on Tuesday. He said the complete external-internal renovation will also include the modernisation of the heating system, the replacement of doors and windows and new furniture.
The Hungarian Parliament Building hosted on Friday the awarding ceremony of a drawing competition on the themes of children’s rights to smile, to love, to sports, to a future and to protection – an event initiated by the National Documentation Centre for Patient and Children's Rights (OBDK).
Hungary aims to increase the number of breast screenings by 10 percent this year, Minister of State for Healthcare Miklós Szócska said on Friday at a press conference in Székesfehérvár, central Hungary. Attendance of organised breast screenings was low and women had to be made more aware of the importance of this preventive measure, he declared.
Encouraging childbirth is one of the Hungarian government’s top priorities, Deputy State Secretary for Family and Equal Opportunities Attila Fülöp opened on Thursday a new nursery built at a cost of nearly 150 million forints (EUR 481,000) in the town of Vaja, north-eastern Hungary. Attila Fülöp said on Thursday at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences during the “Work-Family balance” conference.