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Is Brussels failing the COVID vaccine challenge?

Jan 14, 2021 - Zoltán Kovács

While the United States has already vaccinated more than 10 million citizens, and the UK is now well beyond 3 million, some critics say that EU member states are lagging behind in terms of administering the lifesaving jab. So, what’s really happening? Has the EU reserved enough vaccines? Did they arrive late to the party? Why does the supply seem so unreliable? These are just a few of the tough questions for Brussels.

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PM Orbán: Proponents of tying financial matters to political questions will “ruin several EU countries”

Nov 27, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

“We will stick to the position we took in the summer: EU countries with high debt-to-GDP ratio will find themselves in big trouble. The second wave of the coronavirus won’t go easy on them,” PM Orbán said in an interview with Kossuth Rádió this morning. Besides EU affairs, the PM talked about George Soros and his influence on European politics, the coronavirus vaccine and the potential coronavirus situation in Hungary during Christmas.

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PM Orbán: Drug regulation is very strict in Hungary, but the vaccine is coming

Nov 13, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

The vaccine is on the horizon; we just need to hold on a little longer, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in his morning interview on Kossuth Rádió. The prime minister also said the VAT on food delivery was reduced to 5 percent, plus he reemphasized that Hungary does not support the legislation drafted by the European Parliament and the German presidency, as "it would turn the European Union into the Soviet Union."

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PM Orbán: The situation is serious, but we can handle it

Nov 06, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

Inspections are ongoing across the country, and everything will be shut down if the new coronavirus rules are not followed. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel, as a vaccine may be available in Hungary in 90 days. Regarding the latest EP decision, the PM noted that Hungary has the resources it needs for the next two years. Pertaining to the U.S. elections, he stated: “Every country is sovereign.”

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Post COVID-19, Hungary’s promising economic prospects

Oct 29, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

With a hefty 24 percent growth in foreign direct investment (FDI) from 2018 to 2019, Hungary stood out as a country to watch before the COVID-19 crisis hit. Now, more than seven months after the European outbreak of the pandemic, Hungary’s economic figures and investment potential are once again back on track. Here’s a summary of recent government measures, as well as foreign and domestic investments in Hungary.

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PM Orbán: The defense will end only after we have a vaccine against the coronavirus

Sep 18, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

“Hungary has to continue to function in a way that everybody abides by the regulations,” Prime Minister Orbán reiterated in an interview with Kossuth Rádió this morning. The country has an action plan in place, akin to a war plan, on how it will respond as the number of confirmed cases grows, he said. The PM also noted that current economic growth indicates Hungary will experience a labor shortage.

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PM Orbán: We will ensure the highest possible degree of freedom while maintaining all important, necessary restrictions

Sep 04, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

In an interview on Kossuth Rádió, dedicated almost exclusively to the defense against the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán spoke about the latest national consultation, the importance of obeying rules and regulations, Brussels’ criticism of Hungary closing its borders, and Central Europe’s place in the new world order.

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PM Orbán on Kossuth Rádió: New restrictions must be put in place due to the epidemic, starting in September

Aug 21, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

The epidemiological situation is getting worse in most European countries; this is why Hungary must introduce new, stricter restrictions in order to tackle the spread of the coronavirus. In an interview on Kossuth Rádió this morning, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán talked about the start of the school year, an upcoming economic growth plan and the importance of geostrategic thinking for Hungary.

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State Secretary Izer: Tax discounts aimed at countering coronavirus impact have already saved Hungarians HUF 62 billion

Jun 24, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

Among a series of other steps to protect the economy and help Hungarian families get by during the epidemic, the Hungarian government instructed the tax authority to exercise leniency concerning tax-discount applications made as a result of the coronavirus crisis. Thanks to these measures, Hungarian families have, according to a state secretary from the Ministry of Finance, saved Hungarians more than HUF 62 billion so far.

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Ministerpräsident Orbán: Das ultimative Ziel der Regierungsführung ist es, jedem ungarischen Bürger das Gefühl zu geben, Teil einer großen Nation zu sein

Jun 02, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

In seinem gewohnten Interview am Freitagmorgen im Radio Kossuth erörterte Premierminister Viktor Orbán die Ergebnisse der letzten zehn Regierungsjahre und die erfolgreiche Strategie Ungarns zur Seuchenabwehr. Er sprach auch über die nächsten Nationalen Konsultationen und den 750-Milliarden-Euro-Plan der Europäischen Kommission.

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Operational Group: Number of recovered is now higher than active coronavirus cases

May 25, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

CMO Cecília Müller said at today’s Operational Group press conference that Hungary’s coronavirus figures are “very favorable,” as there are now more people who have recovered from the virus than the number of active coronavirus cases. Meanwhile, András Tállai, Deputy Minister at the Finance Ministry, said that the most critical part of the most recent Economy Protection Action Plan was the moratorium on loan repayments.

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Operational Group: Epidemiological preparedness must be maintained to keep the epidemic under control

May 21, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

At today's Coronavirus Operational Group press conference, Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller said that it is not yet possible to say how the next stage of the coronavirus infection will develop, therefore epidemiological preparedness must be maintained. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Róbert Kiss reiterated the new regulations that now apply to entering Hungary.

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Operational Group: Hungary ranks well in Europe regarding the number of infected per 100,000 inhabitants

May 20, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

In terms of the number people infected with coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants, Hungary is in a good spot in Europe, said Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller at the Coronavirus Operational Group’s press conference earlier today. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Róbert Kiss revealed that the police are in “continuous dialogue” with neighboring countries’ authorities so that we can gradually return to ordinary border-crossing procedures.

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PM Orbán on European Court decision: There is a coordinated assault on Hungary and our laws, but our constitution will prevail

May 15, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

In his Friday morning interview on Kossuth Radio, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán discussed the possibility of lifting restrictions in Budapest, the government’s job creation programs, transit zones, the court ruling on the case concerning the Roma community in Gyöngyöspata, and the decision handed down yesterday by the European Court of Justice concerning migration and border protection.

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Operational Group: High school final exams to take place starting tomorrow despite coronavirus

May 03, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

Today’s Operational Group press conference was attended by Zoltán Maruzsa, state secretary for Education at the Ministry of Human Capacities, who spoke about the commencement of this year’s high school final exams tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Róbert Kiss said that the total number of actions taken by police due to the coronavirus epidemic has topped 40,000 this weekend.

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Gergely Gulyás: Hungary is prepared, and its coronavirus defense now moves to the second stage

Apr 30, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

Following PM Orbán’s announcement last night that Hungary can now begin a gradual return to normal life and business, Minister Gergely Gulyás today provided details on how the country will move forward with the second phase of its coronavirus defense. He noted some economic stimuli for tourists this summer and also had some direct words for the local opposition and Donald Tusk.

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Operational Group: Nearly 500 have recovered from coronavirus

Apr 27, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Hungary grew to 2,583, while 280 have succumbed to the epidemic thus far. At the Operational Group’s regular press conference, officials spoke about incoming shipments of protective gear, police actions against those violating movement restrictions, a new form of treatment, and the success of the free parking policy. Cecília Müller also explained how to wear masks properly.

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Chief Medical Officer: 50 percent of all hospital beds have been successfully freed up in preparation for the virus’ peak

Apr 22, 2020 - Zoltán Kovács

At today’s press conference, Hungary’s Coronavirus Operational Group discussed new protective gear shipments to elderly homes, education and exams in these extraordinary times, and the latest figures for criminal proceedings and compulsory home quarantine. Cecília Müller also revealed that 50 percent of all hospital beds have been successfully freed up in preparation for the peak of the virus.