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EU Condemns Hungarian Law on LGBTQ Content

D&T
Jun 18, 2021

The European Union condemned a recently passed Hungarian law that bans the portrayal and the promotion of gender identity different from sex at birth, the change of sex and homosexuality to minors. Several thousand demonstrators took to the streets of Budapest to protest the law passed by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s ruling Fidesz party and […]

COVID-19: New Restrictions Announced in Hungary

D&T
Mar 4, 2021

Speaking at the weekly government info event, Gergely Gulyás, the Minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office, announced that all shops must close between March 8 and 22, with primary schools and nurseries remaining shut until April 7. The government information website's English version quotes Minister Gulyás as saying that “while Hungary is currently the third […]

Legal Clashes

D&T
Feb 26, 2021

Hungary and the EU are locked in a number of legal disputes over several laws passed by the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Brussels is resorting to various measures as it seeks to pressure Hungary to abide by the rulings of the European Court of Justice and the stipulations of EU law. Hungary and […]

Governing Majority Extends Emergency Regulations

D&T
Feb 22, 2021

The two-thirds governing majority in Hungarian parliament voted for a further extension of the state of emergency and emergency regulations – with no opposition MPs backing the proposal. After the expiration of the state of emergency in early February, the government first extended it for fifteen days under its own authority, and then it was […]

Hungarian Gov't Redefines Public Money in Fundamental Law

D&T
Dec 15, 2020

This Tuesday, the governing majority in Hungarian Parliament passed the 9th modification to the Fundamental Law (that is, the country's consitution) since that was adopted in 2011, redefining public money and the concept of family, among others. The amendment defines the concept of public money "in order to develop a uniform practice for constitutional bodies." […]

Device to Send Tourist Personal Data to Authorities

D&T
Dec 11, 2020

As of January 1, 2021, tourist accommodation places in Hungary will be required to send digitally read data from their guests' personal identification documents to the Hungarian state. A Hungarian firm has now come up with a device of affordable price to meet this requirements. The essence of the GoodID Scanner is that one can […]

Night Curfew Extended in Hungary

D&T
Dec 7, 2020

The current curfew and strict measures will remain in place until January 11, which means that there will still be a curfew between 8 pm and 5 am, Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán announced this Monday. The prime minister added that it will only be decided on December 21 whether Christmas Eve can be an exception […]

Hungarian Government to Veto EU Budget

D&T
Nov 16, 2020

In a letter, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán informed German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, President of the European Council that the Hungarian government was vetoing legislation on the EU's seven-year budget and the recovery fund. The Hungarian government's website quotes the head of the PM's […]

Further Restrictions Announced in Hungary

D&T
Nov 10, 2020

In addition to maintaining the measures taken so far, additional protection measures are needed to reduce the incidence of coronavirus diseases and the burden on hospitals - according to a Hungarian government statement. A curfew takes effect on Wednesday from zero o'clock – everyone needs to be home between 8 pm and 5 am. One […]

COVID-19: Strict Hungarian Government Measures

D&T
Nov 9, 2020

In a social media video, PM Viktor Orbán announced that the government proposes a set of new restrictions, including a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., the closing of restaurants and bars, a comprehensive ban on events, and a requirement for high schools and universities to switch to e-learning. According to the government website, […]

Hungarian PM Reinstates Special Legal Order

D&T
Nov 3, 2020

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced in a video message Tuesday evening that a "state of danger" will be introduced in Hungary over COVID-19 once again and a nationwide curfew is imposed between midnight and 5 a.m. “The spread of the pandemic has accelerated,” PM Viktor Orbán is quoted from the video message by the […]

Commemorations on the National Day of August 20th

D&T
Aug 20, 2020

August 20th in is a national holiday in Hungary as the Day of King Stephen, the founder of the Hungarian state. The Hungarian flag was raised on Kossuth Square in front of Parliament to the tune of the National Anthem by the ceremonial guard of the Hungarian Defense Forces this Thursday morning to start commemorations […]

Unanimous vote in Hungarian Parliament to revoke the special legal order

State of Danger Replaced by Disease Control Preparedness

D&T
Jun 18, 2020

The Hungarian government declared a state of disease control preparedness based on which the government can declare a health crisis whenever it deems necessary and rule by decree. It was on Tuesday this week that Hungarian Parliament unanimously lifted the 'special legal order' that had given basically unlimited power to the government since March 31 […]

Anniversary coins by the National Bank of Hungary

National Bank Issues Commemorative Anniversary Coins

D&T
May 2, 2020

The National Bank of Hungary (MNB) issued a silver collector coin of exceptionally high denomination, with a face value of HUF 30,000 entitled ‘30 Years of Freedom' this Friday to honor the 30th anniversary of the first meeting of the National Assembly elected freely for the first time in Hungary. This collector coin and its […]

PM Viktor Orbán in Hungarian Parliament

The Law to Give Government Extra Powers Takes Effect

D&T
Mar 31, 2020

The government of Viktor Orbán has been granted sweeping new powers for an unlimited period of time to manage the country’s coronavirus epidemic. According to a government spokesman, this law – which allows the government to bypass parliament – makes it possible to introduce “extraordinary measures” that are needed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The […]

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