Interview with Thomas Schönenberg, director of Robert Bosch Elektronika Kft., Hatvan. Since the middle of last year things have been looking up again for the Bosch factory in Hatvan. The Budapest Times spoke to one of its two directors, Thomas Schönenberg, about the current situation and the prospects of the factory.
Daily Archive: May 10, 2010
New film studio revives talk of a Hungarian Hollywood. A new film studio complex opened in Rákospalota on the eastern periphery of Budapest in April, whose owners believe will turn Hungary into Europe’s premier destination for producers of high budget Hollywood-style movies. Raleigh Studios, the largest independent studio operator in the US, will run the venture. It sits on an 18-hectare site, has nine sound stages, including a 4,200-square-metre “super stage”, and offers full pre- to post-production services.
Bulgaria shows others how it’s done. European Union largesse ended up in controversial places in Bulgaria in 2009, EU Observer reported last Wednesday. Galina Dimitrova Peicheva-Miteva, whose father Dimitar Peichev was until recently the deputy agriculture minister, got EUR 700,000, making her the country’s largest individual winner in the EU bonanza. The recipients of EU money were traced by the Anglo-Danish pro-transparency group farmsubsidy.org.
Zoltán Balog to tackle prejudices and problems head on. “Roma integration is not just a question of compassion and altruism. Without involving Roma citizens in the economy and politics there will not be a sustainable upturn,” the chairman of the parliamentary Human Rights Committee Zoltán Balog (Fidesz) said at the start of his talk to the German Business Club (DWC) on 29 April.
Torrent of scorn as mayoral hopeful pledges public transport giveaway. Csaba Horváth, the Hungarian Socialist Party’s candidate for Mayor of Budapest kicked off his campaign early on May Day with a pledge of free public transport for Budapest residents of four year’s standing and students. His idea was met with scepticism and incredulity.
Lawyer Iván Horváth was detained by police last Tuesday on suspicion of abetting in the drafting of a dodgy contract through which a firm was paid HUF 19.2 million (EUR 68,200) to assess the condition of photocopiers at Budapest Public Transport Company (BKV).
Grasping at tourists across region. Tourists spent some 32,000 guest nights in the capital during the five months of the Budapest Winter Invitation (BWI) programme, the state tourist board Magyar Turizmus (MT) announced last week, adding that both the agency and its partners considered the promotion to have been a success.
Socialists will be back, says Mesterházy. The defeated prime ministerial candidate of the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) said his party will recover from its recent electoral drubbing with “faith and will”. Attila Mesterházy was speaking at a May Day rally in the City Park last week. He said the MSZP – which won only 59 of 386 seats in the Hungarian parliament in April – had understood that it must change. In an apparent bid to win back it’s the traditional left wing voter base, Mesterházy said he would represent workers’ interests, and that trades unions would be consulted over matters of policy.
Simor seeks “cooperation” with incoming government in wake of calls for resignation. The chief advisor to prime minister-designate Viktor Orbán said on 2 May that EU law protects the head of the Hungarian National Bank (MNB), András Simor, from arbitrary dismissal.
One of the most controversial decisions concerning the restructuring of the government has been the scrapping of the Environment Ministry. Although the environment is undoubtedly one of the crucial issues of the 21st century, in future it will be overseen by a state secretary in the Rural Development Ministry.