Hungary has made the necessary steps for the construction of the infrastructures ensuring bi-directional natural gas transport in the region. In addition, the country has not only attained but even surpassed the target set by the European Union according to which the electricity cross-border transmission capacity must reach at least 10% of the total built in electricity production in every EU state by 2020, Minister of State for Energy Affairs András Aradszki said at the session of the Energy Council in Brussels on 5 March, 2015.
In mid February, the European Commission approved both Hungarian Operational Programmes worked out under the supervision of the Ministry of National Development. Within the Integrated Transport Development Operational Programme (ITOP) and the Environment and Energy Efficiency Operational Programme (EEEOP), funding in total of more than HUF 2,000 bn can be applied for in 2014-2020.
By signing today’s agreement we consolidate a most valuable alliance, raising it to a new level, since scientific and technological development based on space activity may become one of the most important engines of value creation in Hungary, too, in the coming decades, Minister of State for Info-communication and Consumer Protection Ákos Kara said in Budapest on 24 February, 2015, on the occasion that Hungary joined the European Space Agency as a full-fledged member.
While reinforcing the theoretical foundation of the system, the government decided to make several changes in relation with the road toll system. According to the announcement made by János Fónagy, county vignettes will be valid up to the first exit ramp after a county border instead of the last one before the border as of 1 February, 2015, and there will be several new toll-free sections as well.
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have a lion’s share from establishing a work-based society, Minister of National Development Miklós Seszták said at the inauguration ceremony of the new packaging plant of Adu Alba Kft., a Hungarian-owned enterprise with annual revenues exceeding HUF 500m, in Székesfehérvár on Tuesday.
The retreat from nuclear energy in Europe reduces both competitiveness and energy security, chief economist of IEA Fatih Birol said at a press conference held at the Ministry of National Development on 15 January, 2015.
We must leave behind outdated conflicts and discriminations aimed to keep temperature rise under 2°C; we all share the responsibility, Minister of State János Fónagy said at the 20th annual Conference (COP 20) of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 10th annual Conference (CMP10) of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol. The meeting held in Lima on 1-12 December, 2014 focused on shaping a new agreement on global climate protection.
Tap water consumption is not only healthy but it also reflects environmentally aware behaviour, Deputy State Secretary for Consumer Protection László Koszorús said upon launching the campaign From the Tap! (Csapra Fel!) in Budapest on 2 December, 2014. The national awareness raising action launched by the five major regional water public utility service providers aims to encourage the Hungarian population’s tap water consumption.
In the EU budget period of 2014-2020, transport development is to serve stimulating the economy, increasing competitiveness and enhancing employment, while one of the great winners of the time will be the railways, Minister of State for Transport Policy of the Ministry of National Development László Tasó pointed out.
The landing of the Philae lander is an international, pan-European success story in which Hungary has had an outstanding role thanks to prominent representatives of the national scientific and business communities. The Government finds it important to support space research since thereby it may facilitate the participation of Hungarian small and medium enterprises as well as university and academic research institutions in similar projects.