Hungarian Presidency of Visegrád Four: Our group serves as example of strength from strong nation states
Hungary's foreign minister said that the investment was a joint step towards moving the Hungarian economy and Hungarian industry forwards into a new dimension, a digital era based on research and development and innovation
Hungary’s economic growth -- 2 percent in 2016 and forecast to grow to 4.3 percent in 2017 – translates into an anticipated 1 trillion additional HUF (3.3 billion EUR) for the 2018 budget. Public debt is expected to drop by some 2 percent, and the deficit is expected to be 2.4 percent.
Hungary says that in order to restore political and social support for international free trade agreements national and global interests must be harmonized
Economy at the “highest since the fall of communism” after investments in Hungary rose by an annual 34.1 percent
“If investment growth is sustained, even if not at such a high pace, the investment rate will also grow, which in turn boosts job creation and helps secure the targeted economic growth rate of 4 percent in 2017 and 2018," Hungary's economy minister said
Hungary's foreign minister said Audi will spend the equivalent of 10 billion HUF on training 1,000 new workers who will be assigned to the production of electric powertrains. They will also invest the equivalent of 100 billion HUF in a new chassis production hall
Mihaly Varga, minister for National Economy, said that the first-quarter figure was “exceptionally good”. He added that the government expected the economy to expand by above 4 percent this year. No analyst or bank had projected such a strong rate of growth
NBH discussed OneCoin, which it said “shows some signs of a pyramid scheme”, with Interior Ministry bodies, the Budapest Police Headquarters, Budapest’s Chief Prosecutor, Hungary’s Chief Prosecutor, the National Tax and Customs Authority, the National Investigation Office and the National Police Headquarters
Back in 2015, the government decided to put the following year’s budget up to vote in the spring session of the Parliament, an important decision to increase predictability and improve planning. This year is no different. Though 2018 will be an election year, the government has held to a tight fiscal policy in the new budget. Continued stability and growth make possible a boost in competitiveness and tax cuts for families.
Hungary's 2018 budget would contain a two percentage point cut in the payroll tax, a one percentage point reduction in the tax on small businesses, a decrease in the VAT rate on internet service and fish, expanded tax preferences for families with children, higher public sector wages and 400 billion for roads and developments in big cities
In a statement, the monetary council repeated its earlier stand on keeping the base rate on hold “for an extended period”, while staying prepared to ease monetary conditions with unconventional instruments
Vehicle manufacturing is one of the flagship sectors of the Hungarian economy. Hungary has a long tradition in railway vehicle production and the government has adopted an action plan for developing the production of railway vehicles
The prime minister pointed out that Fidesz supports nuclear energy and renewable energy sources equally. However, the Hungarian people cannot pay the additional costs of renewable energy sources, and it now appears that nuclear energy will be the cheapest solution
1,710 American companies are employing some 100,000 people in Hungary, and Dana Hungary Limited’s new 13,000 square meter factory in Győr, which is being built with an investment of 46 million euros, would serve to further reinforce Hungarian-American economic cooperation
“Hungary would increasingly like to become an innovation center, and for this reason beginning next year all enterprises involved in research and development will be able deduct twice as much money from their taxable base as they spend on innovation," Hungary's foreign minister said
The prime minister said he expected that in a matter of years, the V4 would be referred to as “Europe’s strongest engine of growth”. PM Orbán praised the V4 cooperation saying that he believes the four countries are capable of renewing European democracy and the European Union as a whole
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán held talks with Salgótarján Mayor Zsolt Fekete on a comprehensive 90 billion HUF plan to develop the northern Hungarian city into a regional economic, cultural and sports center
The number of doctors applying to leave Hungary to work abroad dropped by 19 percent between 2015 and 2016 and by 50 percent to the present compared with 2010-2011. The same measure for nurses showed a 15 percent annual drop last year
RUAG is one of the world’s one hundred most important defense industry companies, and plans to manufacture fuselage elements for its Airbus 320 and Bombardier aircraft at its plant in Eger. The investment will create 180 new jobs. The government is contributing 382 million HUF in non-returnable funding towards the project
For breaking the rules of political correctness and using the word “ethnic” without a trigger warning, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is under heavy attack from the liberal media. The attacks, however, quote him completely out of context and deliberately misinterpret the meaning.
Hungary’s economy hit the ground running this year. The major indicators are trending positive and international investors have taken note. Signs of a strong recovery, however, do not mean we can rest. Instead, said Prime Minister Orbán, it means that it’s time to dream big.
As a result of the hard work of Hungarian people, Hungary once again stands before an “economic breakthrough,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán addressing the Parliament earlier this week at the opening of the spring session.
London-based analysts BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research and the London-based research unit of Bank of America-Merrill Lynch said they had revised their 2017 GDP forecast to an above-consensus 3.5 percent from 2.6 percent
Hungary says nuclear energy discrimination in Europe is unacceptable and Member States should decide what energy they use
"We expect the European Union to stop hindering the Paks expansion and to immediately issue the final authorization for the expansion of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant," Hungary's foreign minister has said
The news comes after three of the most influential credit rating agencies in the world upgraded Hungary's rating in 2016. Fitch was the first to upgrade Hungary to investment grade in May, followed by S&P in September then Moody's in November
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán held a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Budapest on Thursday. President Putin said that he was in agreement with PM Orbán about the need to strengthen cooperation in the fight against international terrorism
Minister Szijjártó said that the European sanctions against Russia have “failed both from political and economic aspects”. Those sanctions impact not only Russia but Europe, too, and “it would be best to remove them”
We have seen a fundamental shift in global politics in recent months. Positions and policies are moving in a different direction, changing in response to public outcry and voter dissatisfaction. The old guard are being taken to task.
The prime minister said similar attempts to increase wages have been made several times in the past 26 years, but no comprehensive agreement had ever been reached. The Hungarian government has now succeeded in achieving that
The central bank said problems in the corporate loan portfolio of banks was still caused by project loans, for which the default rate was 34 percent at the end of June, versus a 10 percent default rate for other corporate loans
Hungary’s fiscal responsibility brings about credit rating upgrade and record-breaking surplus in the budget. These factors, along with significant economic growth and falling unemployment, are fueling a broad economic and social recovery.
Hungarian state debt will continue to decline this year and the budget deficit will be below the 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) earlier expected. Economic growth is expected to reach 2.5-3 percent in 2016
"It is clear that there are serious structural forces at play, which contribute to inflation being this low, such as globalization and changing demographic trends," the managing director of the National Bank of Hungary has said
In Thursday’s print edition of the Financial Times, following Standard and Poor’s decision to restore Hungary’s credit rating to investment grade, a commentator praises Prime Minister Orbán’s “economic miracle.” Once a staunch critic of Hungary’s “unorthodox” measures to restore its technically bankrupt economy, the British daily’s admiration is the first sign that S&P’s move closes an era of doubts over whether Hungarian reforms are working.
Prime Minister Orbán’s economic program sets out a number of ambitious goals. It demands fiscal discipline to keep the budget deficit not only under the three-percent Maastricht threshold but low enough to reduce nominal state debt. It calls for GDP growth to increase from the current level between 2 and 3 percent to a more robust output above 3 percent and sets a longer term goal of five percent. And it aims to create jobs to bring the labor market to full employment.
While Hungary’s national football team continues to surprise at the UEFA European Championship, Hungary surprises in another European competition. For the second year in a row, the country accepted next year’s budget during the spring parliamentary session to build on Hungary’s favorable economic prospects in today’s Europe. Next year’s budget is Hungary’s secret formula to advance on its debt-slashing, GDP growth path.
In recognition of Hungary’s successful efforts to revive its economy, Fitch Ratings upgraded the country to investment grade recently. Although the upgrade came earlier than statistics might suggest, it was no surprise as markets had already priced Hungary’s widely anticipated return to investment grade at multiple credit rating agencies this year. Fitch’s upgrade signals important recognition that Hungary’s reforms are working.
Research and innovation are key factors in many countries’ strategy to boost economic growth, add value to their economies and attract more foreign direct investment (FDI). Hungary has long recognized the importance of its research and development (R&D) sector and, as announced by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in his speech at the Hungarian Academy of Science, is planning to invest some 1.2 billion HUF (3.8 billion EUR) for R&D until 2020.
A recent installment of the Global Investment Guide, a series published by Forbes, writes on the recovery of the Hungarian economy, noting that Hungary has reported even better than expected results in stimulating economic growth, reducing unemployment and cutting the GDP-to-debt ratio for the first quarter of 2016. Thanks to savvy reforms that work, Hungary’s bonds, equity markets and currency have recovered and are healthy again.
Hungarian agriculture and food processing have suffered 4.5 bn USD in losses from sanctions agains Russia
“Hungary has an interest in the alleviation of the Russian embargo and in its partial lifting with regard to agricultural products,” said Gyula Budai, ministerial commissioner for economic measures relating to the Russian embargo, speaking at a press conference in the southern town of Szentes.
Real wages rose significantly, climbing 6.9 percent in January-February 2016, according to the Hungarian Central Statistical Office (KSH). Minister of State for Labor Market and Vocation Education Péter Cseresnyés said that the latest numbers continue an upward trend that has been growing over the last three years in Hungary.
As the project to enlarge the Paks atomic power station continues, Hungary is acting in harmony with the EU’s energy policy considering that the European Commission itself is monitoring the maintenance of nuclear production capacity in the future, the government commissioner responsible for maintaining the capacity of the Paks atomic power station told the Hungarian News Agency MTI on Monday.
Last week, the Hungarian Parliament withdrew the law on the mandatory, Sunday closures for retail shops. The regulation, which provided a guarantee to workers in the retail sector that they would have a day off on Sunday, had been in effect since March 15, 2015. Now Hungary’s retail sector is again open for business on Sundays.
The Hungarian Minister for National Economy Mihály Varga presented Hungary’s 2017 budget plan on Tuesday. The core message signals predictability and stability to investors, while maintaining the government’s popular “one step ahead” policy, especially for families. The budget plans for 3.1 percent GDP growth, a falling debt-to-GDP ratio and a deficit of 2.4 percent.
The 2017 draft budget offers the chance to everyone to take a step forward, and there will be some who will have the opportunity to take a big leap forward, János Lázár, the minister heading the prime minister’s office said at the 46th Governmentinfo press conference.
At a meeting with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić in the norther Serbian town of Novi Sad on Wednesday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, when asked about Croatia’s attempts to hinder the opening of one of Serbia’s chapters of acquis, said that Hungary supports Serbia’s EU membership.
Following a temporary slow-down in January, output in the industrial sector rose by 6.3 percent year-on-year, and thus the sector posted output growth of 3 percent in the first two months of this year. Among major industrial sectors, the largest sub-sector – manufacturing – posted output growth of 7.5 percent in February, compared to the corresponding period of the previous year.
A strong domestic financial sector can -- through lending -- significantly contribute to the improvement of economic competitiveness as well as to investment and employment growth, Minister for National Economy Mihály Varga said at the staff meeting of the Hungarian Banking Association.
In his regular, radio interview on Friday morning, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that, on the EU’s quota system, “it cannot be the case that one member state alone makes a decision and the others suffer the consequences.” He also spoke about the symbolic significance of paying off the loan and that Hungary has good reason to celebrate this weekend.
After a Committee meeting of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that repaying the IMF-EU loan is an unprecedented achievement, which could not have been accomplished without friends like the OECD.
Thanks to Hungarian reforms and a prudent fiscal policy, the accumulated deficit of the central sub sector of the state budget fell to 125.8 billion HUF at the end of March 2016. In the same period one year ago, the deficit reached 536.7 billion HUF. The difference between the balance at the end of March 2016 and 2015 was the consequence of higher tax revenues and lower expenditures this year.
This week, Hungary made the last payment of 1.5 billion EUR to the European Commission, paying in full a loan taken in 2008-2009 by the previous Hungarian government. With this last payment, said Minister for National Economy Mihály Varga at a press conference on Wednesday, the Orbán Government has taken yet another step toward the goal it set out in 2010 to boost Hungary’s economic stability and financial independence.
The deficit of the central sub sector of the state budget closed the year 2015 much better than expected, with 1.9 percent of GDP, Minister for National Economy Mihály Varga said, commenting on the latest fiscal data released by the Hungarian Central Statistical Office (KSH) earlier today. Another key indicator, the general government debt-to-GDP ratio also fell, to 75.3 percent.
“Europe is facing extremely serious security challenges and isolating ourselves is not a good solution at such times; both the European Union and NATO must be open to new alliances and partnerships”, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said in Budapest following negotiations with his Georgian counterpart.
It has been one of the government’s priorities to support enterprises that are genuine driving forces in the national economy; Minister for National Economy Mihály Varga said, upon announcing a capacity expansion project by Ajkai Elektronikai Ltd and AE-Plasztik Ltd.
Calendar-adjusted data show that in January 2016 the volume of retail sales grew by 2.2 percent year-on-year, compared to an already high base last year. This positive trend is expected to continue in coming months, as a result of steadily high consumer confidence, the reduction of the personal income tax, higher wages in real terms and the record-breaking employment level.
Nuclear power is the cornerstone of secure energy supply in Hungary today, and this will remain so in the long run, declared Miklós Seszták, minister for national development, after visiting the Paks Nuclear Power Plant on 21 March 2016. According to the minister, the nuclear power plant, which operates increasingly efficiently due to improvements, is also essential for maintaining the results of utility rate cuts.
Prime Minister Orbán, President of the Central Bank György Matolcsy and Minister for National Economy Mihály Varga appeared together this week at an event hosted by the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Recent weeks have brought a good deal of upbeat economic data related to 2015, so there was plenty of reason to be bullish on 2016.
In January 2016, data adjusted for workday-effects show that industrial output rose year-on-year by 2.2 percent. Following last year’s dynamic growth of 7.7 percent, the presumably transitory slow-down was the result of car industry production breaks at the end of the year.
At the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s business year-opening event, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced that the Government is introducing a new decision-making mechanism for EU calls for proposals. The Prime Minister also said that warding off the threat of migration may result in an enormous competitive advantage.
At the latest ECOFIN session, EU finance ministers discussed the recently published Country Reports of the European Commission. Outlining Hungary’s standpoint, Minister for National Economy Mihály Varga said that compared to the previous report of 2015, the study is more balanced, and it paints a much more favourable picture of the country’s economic situation. In addition, finance ministers agreed that the number of data exchanged automatically between tax authorities must be increased.
In Q4 2015, Hungary’s GDP grew by 3.2 percent year-on-year, while in 2015 the economy expanded by 2.9 percent. The government debt-to-GDP ratio, 75.3 percent, was also below prior estimates, down by 1 percentage point compared to the level of 2014.
“Hungarian automotive industry exports have never been so large; the level of exports reached 19.6 billion euros in 2015, an increase of some 14 percent or 2.4 billion euros compared to the previous year”, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said in Budapest on Monday.
The pace of the expansion of the Hungarian tourism sector is outstanding even from an international perspective; thanks to the exemplary cooperation of enterprises, professional organizations and the Government, Minister of National Economy Mihály Varga said at the 39th Travel Exhibition in Budapest.
This strategy aims to generate the driving force required for long-term economic growth, Minister of National Economy Mihály Varga told a press conference organized to present the new programme. Under the Plan, Hungary is to become one of the EU countries with the most highly developed industrial sectors by 2020.
The policy of reducing state debt is essential for bolstering economic growth, continuing job creation and the improvement of families’ positions, Minister for National Economy Mihály Varga said at a conference on state debt, organized by Hungarian think-tank Századvég in Budapest. Since 2010, Hungary has achieved the largest reduction of state debt, 8.2 percent, and we are the only country with an intact downward trend concerning the general government debt-to-GDP ratio.
Prime Minister Orbán has had a busy travel agenda in recent days, visiting Jakarta, Ulan Bator, Moscow, Brussels, and Prague — and in the same week, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło paid a visit to Hungary. The prime minister wasn’t the only one on the road of late. Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjártó also traveled to the United States last week.
In 2010, Hungarian voters went to the polls looking for change. Eight years of mismanagement of the economy by socialist-liberal governments left the country badly exposed in the financial crisis. Consumer confidence had collapsed, unemployment and the debt to GDP ratio was on the rise and so too was social instability and extremism.
In order to decrease its dependence on imported energy, Hungary aims to diversify its energy imports and increase the share of energy generated domestically. Nuclear energy presents an indispensable option to generate cheap energy, and the project to sustain capacity at the Paks Nuclear Power Plant will ensure that Hungary’s dependence on imported natural gas will not increase in the future.
The latest economic data is out. Hungary’s GDP grew in 2015 by 2.9 percent, beating the forecasts, and other preliminary data shows the debt-to-GDP ratio shrinking to 75.5%. A shrinking debt along side GDP growth indicates that this economy is growing organically, not from financing. In fact, last year was encouraging on a number of economic fronts.
“Hungarian-American economic cooperation has entered a new dimension with the formation of the American-Hungarian Business Forum”, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó told Hungarian news agency MTI after attending the founding meeting of the organisation in New York.
Following talks on Wednesday with President of Russia Vladimir Putin at his state residence near Moscow, Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán said that his country’s cooperation with Russia on the expansion of the Paks Nuclear Power Plant was the agreement and deal of the century.
That Hungary and Russia have managed to improve relations, particularly in the current international climate, is first and foremost “rooted in the sense of responsibility” and marks “a true miracle,” said Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán yesterday following his annual meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó is holding talks in the United States’ second largest state. Negotiations in Texas are primarily centred on the economy, but Hungary’s chief diplomat will also be signing an agreement with the Mayor of Dallas in addition to holding a lecture on current negotiations concerning the free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union.
In December 2015, the volume of industrial output grew by 9.4 percent year-on-year, and thus the sector expanded by 7.5 percent in the year 2015. Current data show that the Hungarian industrial sector posted sustainable, balanced growth and now there is a realistic opportunity for Central and Eastern Europe – within that for Hungary – to become the growth engine of the EU, Deputy State Secretary for Economic Development and Regulation István Lepsényi said at a press conference where he presented the Governm
Agreements on the facilitation of Hungarian-Romanian energy and transport development projects have been successfully concluded with the new Romanian Government, which has a much more open and pragmatic approach to joint projects that its predecessor”, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Minister of State for Economic Diplomacy Levente Magyar said on Friday in Bucharest.
Last week, one of France’s credit insurance companies, Coface, presented a report on the world economic outlook for 2016. In the report, Coface named only one country eligible for a credit rating upgrade: Hungary.
PM Orbán: 'Europe's Big Problem is Brusselsism, the Stealthy Withdrawal of Powers from the Nation States'
Tourism arrivals were up with regard to both foreign and domestic guests in November 2015. Accommodation establishment revenues generated by domestic guests rose by 17.3 percent year-on-year, as domestic tourism traffic saw further stable growth. Thus, in spite of the light drop in the number of tourism nights by foreigners, the total number of tourism nights grew by 2.4 percent.
The European Commission’s notification regarding the investigation of the Paks II project regarding possible state aid has been released. The Hungarian Government takes the view that the summary contains a number of inaccuracies and misunderstandings as well as unfounded and misleading claims.
Minister of Agriculture Sándor Fazekas told Hungarian news agency MTI in an assessment of the sector’s performance over the past year that “Hungarian agriculture performed well in 2015, despite difficult conditions”.
Minister of State Pál Völner told Hungarian public television M1 on 30 December 2015 that the National Bank of Hungary (MNB) will control brokerage houses more frequently in order to avoid investment frauds.