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What has the EU ever done for us?

May 18, 2019, 7:36 pm
“What is Europe doing for us, concretely? Why should we vote". This is in substance what my nieces asked me recently when discussing about the upcoming European Elections. Such questioning unfolds... 

European Parliament seals ban on throwaway plastics by 2021

March 28, 2019, 8:46 am
The European Parliament on Wednesday approved a new law banning single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws and cotton buds sticks. Products that are easily and cheaply replaceable will be... 

"Disintegration of the EU cannot be ruled out" - Orbán

March 8, 2019, 8:13 am
The Hungarian people have long-standing traditions of resistance to “limited sovereignty". It had survived in a boundless sea of Germans and Slavs, while the present danger is the “disintegration... 

Cross-border payment to become cheaper in EU

March 4, 2019, 12:30 pm
The European Council has on Monday adopted a regulation on aligning the costs of cross-border payments in euros between euro and non-euro countries and increasing the transparency of charges related to... 

EU new passenger car registrations rise for 11th year in a row

January 16, 2019, 5:15 pm
Although the passenger car market of the European Union has been growing constantly for 11 years, the increase was hardly detectable in 2018. The positive impact from a supportive macroeconomic and financing... 

Top Stories of 2018: Will emigration continue in 2019?

December 23, 2018, 10:35 pm
According to Portfolio's estimates, more than 610,000 Hungarians were living abroad at the end of 2017. This means that net emigration continued, and as it primarily involves young people, it is a demographic... 

Five scenarios for 2025: Hungary, Czech Republic might exit EU

November 21, 2018, 12:23 pm
One of the five potential scenarios for Central Europe include Hungary exiting the European Union by 2025, according to a study by Visegrad/Insight in co-operation with the German Marshall Fund of the... 

An ambitious partnership with the UK after Brexit

August 2, 2018, 11:14 am
The Brexit train has picked up speed over the last few weeks, as the British government has finally tabled its exit plan. It was, however, thrown back by the European Commission that warned of the risks... 

Serbia, Montenegro could be ready to join EU by 2025 - Commission

February 6, 2018, 4:23 pm
Serbia and Montenegro may join the European Union by 2025, the European Commission said on Tuesday, urging the Western Balkan countries to improve the rule of law, fight organised crime, root out corruption... 

Hungary meets 2020 energy target despite falling share of renewables

January 25, 2018, 3:02 pm
The European Union covered roughly 17% of its final energy consumption from renewable sources in 2016, according to the latest Eurostat publication. Hungary is one of 11 member states that have already... 

EU has limited tools to withhold funds from Hungary

January 17, 2018, 5:04 pm
Commenting on initiatives to use the EU budget to punish ‘rebel’ countries for failing to comply with basic democratic standards, like the rule of law, Ivailo Kalfin, senior adviser to Commissioner... 

Hungarian economy would work without EU funding - Orbán

December 22, 2017, 10:16 am
EU funds are not some gift to Hungary and are not the engines of growth, so the economy could run without them, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said Friday morning on public radio. There would be economic... 

Women earn less than men in EU, but gender pay gap narrows

November 6, 2017, 9:06 am
Women in the European Union continue to earn less than men. In 2015, women earned 16.3 % less than men when comparing their average gross hourly earnings, according to the latest analysis by Eurostat... 

Council gives final go-ahead to free Wi-Fi hotspots in EU

October 9, 2017, 12:43 pm
The EU will sponsor free wireless internet access points in town halls, libraries, parks and other public places under a new scheme called WiFi4EU, which was adopted by the Council on Monday. An easily... 

EU reform is a huge opportunity for Hungary

October 5, 2017, 11:59 am
The upcoming reform of the European Union offers the greatest opportunity but also carries the biggest risk for the Central and Eastern European region, said Otilia Dhand, Senior Vice President with Teneo... 

Hungary Foreign Minister says sanctions on Russia do not work

October 4, 2017, 11:42 am
The sanctions imposed by the European Union on Russia over Moscow’s actions in Ukraine are not hurting Vladimir Putin’s regime, Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade told CNBC... 

European Parliaments adopts new EU scheme for free Wi-Fi

September 12, 2017, 4:25 pm
The European Parliament has on Tuesday approved a resolution that creates a financial scheme for local wireless access points in the EU, free of charge and without discriminatory conditions. The budget... 

Hungary ranks 3rd in EU in teen pregnancy

August 15, 2017, 5:05 pm
The number of teenage mothers remains high in Hungary, as roughly 9% of women have their first babies before the age of 20, according to Eurostat's latest figures from 2015. The figure was 11% at the time... 

EU egg scandal will not affect Hungary, food safety official says

August 14, 2017, 2:39 pm
The scale of the withdrawal of contaminated eggs in the European Union is not big enough to affect market prices in Hungary, an official from Hungary's National Food Chain Safety Office (NÉBIH) said on... 

"We'll see" to euro, yes to HUF 122 bn in railway spending - Lázár

July 6, 2017, 3:09 pm
"We'll see what they'll promise" in exchange, cabinet minister János Lázár said at today's press conference, referring to a recent piece in Portfolio about the introduction of the euro. He said a new... 
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