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Major EU funding to be awarded to railway development

Ministry of National Development, July 31, 2015 2:53 PM

During the EU fiscal cycle extending to 2020, some one thousand billion forints will be available for the development of fixed track transport, and as part of this funding, the international TEN-T (Trans-European Transport Networks) will be upgraded on a section of 800 kilometres, János Fónagy, Minister of State of the Ministry of National Development said.

Alliance between Hungary and Audi further intensifying

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, July 31, 2015 12:03 PM

By virtue of a number of new developments and investments, the alliance between Hungary and Audi is further intensifying, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó told the Hungarian News Agency MTI after his meeting with the Chairman of the automobile manufacturing company’s Board of Management in Ingolstadt, Bavaria on Thursday.

Hungary needs sustainable higher education

Ministry of Human Capacities, July 31, 2015 11:29 AM

Hungary needs to make some changes in its higher education system in order to make it sustainable, State Minister for Higher Education László Palkovics said on national TV channel M1 on Thursday night. He said that systemic problems had prompted the Ministry of Human Capacities to initiate changes in 2013, and the higher education strategy for 2014 had also recognised the need for change.

The Government will spend another HUF 22 billion on the migration issue

Prime Minister’s Office, July 29, 2015 7:38 PM

Following the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács told public news channel M1 that the Government will increase the amount allocated for the construction of the temporary border barrier and for the temporary placement of migrants by HUF 22.2 billion.

Modification of the agreement on the change to the UNHCR’s headquarters signed

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, July 29, 2015 3:22 PM

At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on 28 July, Deputy State Secretary for International Cooperation Ádám Zoltán (representing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade) and Head of the UNHCR Global Service Centre Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor (representing the UN Refugee Agency) signed a protocol amending the agreement on the organisation’s headquarters, regulating its legal status in Hungary in Budapest. This amendment will facilitate the expansion of the UNHCR Service Centre, which has been operating in Budapest since 2008.

Employment rate hits 23-year high while unemployment rate falls below 7 percent in Hungary

Ministry for National Economy, July 29, 2015 2:06 PM

According to the latest report by the Hungarian Central Statistical Office (KSH), the number of people in employment has been above the 4 million mark for almost one-and-a-half years. In April-June 2015, the number of those in employment aged 15-74 years increased by 126 thousand, to 4 million 201 thousand. Thus, the employment rate has reached a 23-year high in Hungary and the unemployment rate fell to an 11-year low of 6.9 percent.

Hungary launches its own Erasmus student exchange programme

Ministry of Human Capacities, July 29, 2015 12:15 PM

At a panel discussion at the Bálványos Summer University and Student Camp in Transylvania on Wednesday, Minister of Human Capacities Zoltán Balog said that Hungary will launch its own Erasmus programme enabling exchanges between Hungarian students in Hungary and abroad.

Success of development policy is to be measured based on number of jobs

Prime Minister’s Office, July 29, 2015 8:03 AM

The development policy of the period between 2014-2020 may be regarded as successful if there are 5 million jobs, that is, 800,000 more jobs in Hungary by 2020 than there are at present, and if the country is able to build and develop its industries which promote the growth of the economy, Deputy State Secretary for Development Policy Communication Nándor Csepreghy said.

By the end of the year 250–300,000 immigrants might have arrived in Hungary if we do not act

Prime Minister’s Office, July 28, 2015 12:09 PM

On Tuesday Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács told national news channel M1 that by the end of the year as many as 250–300,000 immigrants might have arrived in Hungary, which is why the country needs the security barrier on its southern border.

An overwhelming majority of respondents agree with the contents of the national consultation on immigration

Prime Minister’s Office, July 27, 2015 5:35 PM

According to Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács, an overwhelming majority of the over one million respondents in the national consultation on immigration agree with the questionnaire’s statements.