Hungary will lift the state of emergency imposed due to the coronavirus crisis on 20 June, Justice Minister Judit Varga said on Tuesday, cited by news agencies. PM Viktor Orban was given the powers without a time limit in a vote by parliament where his party holds a two-thirds majority, drawing EU criticism. But Orban has said that parliament could at any time cancel the special powers.
Foreign investors in Hungary will have to apply for a permit to acquire more than 10% of a local company this year in businesses deemed strategically important, a government decree published late on Monday said.
Hungary opened its southern border for citizens of Serbia and Hungary from Monday morning, Hungarian FМ Peter Szijjarto announced. A similar measure was taken by Serbia on Friday and Budapest decided to answer with the same move, Szijjarto said, adding that the novel coronavirus pandemic was under control in both countries, which allowed the easing of restrictions.
The number of registered jobseekers in Hungary rose by 69,000, or 26.5%, to 330,700 in April from a year earlier, state news wire MTI reports, citing data published by the National Employment Office (NFSZ).
Armed Serbian soldiers are now guarding a migrant camp on the border with Croatia in an attempt to prevent the migrants from trying to cross into the European Union, news wires reported. The decision to station soldiers at the camp came after Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic a week ago held talks with PM Victor Orban of neighbouring Hungary, who is one of the most vociferous opponents of illegal migration into Europe, Reuters recalls.
Hungary reopened on Thursday all its border crossings with Romania, the Hungarian national police announced on its official website. Talks to reopen borders with Slovenia will start shortly, according to the Hungarian government.
Hungary on Thursday announced it would close "transit zone" camps where hundreds of asylum seekers and migrants have been held following a ruling by EU's top court against their detention, AFP reports.
Hungary's Parliament on Tuesday classified the details of the construction of a Chinese-backed railway link between Budapest and Belgrade, news wires reported. The giant project, launched amid critics, will be jointly financed by Hungary and the Export-Import Bank with the Hungarian state paying 15% upfront and 85% loaned by China.
Hungary’s PM Viktor Orban said his country won’t accept a ruling by the European Union’s top court that struck down his hard-line anti-immigration policy. “The European Court of Justice is trying to tackle Hungarian laws and the Hungarian constitution so that migrants can be brought to Hungary,” Orban told state radio on Friday.