Government and its institutions
The package of measures aiming to lower tax and administrative burdens, which will make life easier for both new, innovative startups and their investors, is expected to be submitted to Parliament as early as this autumn, Minister of State Zoltán Cséfalvay said at the opening ceremony of the Central European Startup Competition, an event of Startup Spring 2014.
There is mutual sympathy between Hungary and Kazakhstan, and developing closer relations is in the interests of both countries, declared Hungarian Foreign Minister János Martonyi at the EU-Kazakhstan Forum held in Budapest on 28 January.
On opening the Hungarian-South Korean Economic Cooperation Forum in Budapest, jointly organized by the Hungarian Chamber of Trade and Industry and the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Minister for National Economy Mihály Varga said that Hungary is well prepared to strengthen bilateral business relations between the two countries.
Foreign Minister János Martonyi handed over an important Hungarian avant-garde painting to Head of the Hungarian National Gallery László Baán, on the occasion of Hungarian Culture Day on Thursday.
The four countries’ ministers responsible for research, development and innovation signed a joint statement on enhanced collaboration among the Visegrád countries within the ERA after a session of coordination, organized by the Hungarian presidency, was completed in Budapest.
Joulupukki from Lapland visited the locality of Kaposmérő-Baglaspuszta in one of the country’s poorest regions on Tuesday. On his visit to the locality inhabited 94 per cent by Roma, Santa Claus was accompanied by Zoltán Kovács, Minister of State for Social Inclusion at the Ministry of Human Resources.
Hungary and Iceland were among the first countries hit by the global financial crisis a few years ago and they have since both successfully recovered, Parliamentary State Secretary Zsolt Németh from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said after meeting Icelandic Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson today in Budapest.
The Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries and their Western Balkan counterparts took place under the auspices of the Hungarian Presidency of the V4 on 31 October 2013 in Gödöllő, Hungary.
The success of the upcoming EU Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius and the resolving of the budget debate within the EU are in the interests of both the Lithuanian EU Presidency and Hungary. János Martonyi and Linas Linkevičius held talks in Budapest on Wednesday on the margins of the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of the Visegrad Group (V4) and of the Central European Initiative (CEI) being held on October 30-31.
The Hungarian government considers it an honour that UNESCO has agreed to act as chief patron of Hungary's Holocaust Remembrance Year in 2014, head of the Prime Minister's Office Janos Lazar told a press conference on Monday.
The Biotechnology Outreach Conference, organised by the Hungarian Biotechnology Association took place in Budapest October 24. Minister of State Zoltán Cséfalvay, who was the patron of the event made the opening remarks. He talked about Hungarian economic policy also with regard to future plans, as well as the Government’s innovation strategy.
The Holocaust has been the greatest trauma for the Hungarian nation, Minister for Foreign Affairs János Martonyi told participants at the conference “Jewish Life and Anti-Semitism in Contemporary Europe.”
Minister of State for Taxation and Monetary Affairs Gábor Orbán emphasised that the Budget could be financed from the markets both last year and this year, thus the country no longer needs IMF financing.
Deputy State Secretary for European Union and International Affairs Krisztina Berta stated that the Festival provides an excellent opportunity to inform the public about this issue. She pointed out that in the past years many Hungarians were lured abroad not just for prostitution but also for jobs in which employers exploit them. Last year over a thousand participants visited the Ministry's tent.
On Friday, at a conference organized by the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice and the Public Policy Research Institute as part of the Hungarian presidency of the Central European Initiative (CEI) – entitled ‘Crisis Management and Reform Policy in Central and Eastern Europe’ – Deputy Prime Minister Tibor Navracsics said that Brussels must see that the response to challenges faced by the region is of crucial importance to the whole European community.
Foreign Minister János Martonyi has expressed his confidence regarding the European Commission’s decision next Wednesday on lifting the excessive deficit procedure (EDP) launched against Hungary in 2004.