The minimum subsistence level for an average household has risen by 6.2% since 2005, the Central Statistical Office said last week. The minimum level is now HUF 174,371 (EUR 707) per month. The calculation was based on two adults and two children.
State Tax Authority (APEH) chairman János Szikora last week told Napi Gazdaság that the body had increased its detection of unpaid taxes by 24% yr-on-yr. He said that APEH had started 11,000 investigations into personal assets, even though the 2007 target was for 10,000.
The fee for visits to outpatient clinics went up last week from HUF 600 to HUF 1,000 for those visiting without referral.
The farm-gate price for milk will rise by 2-5% this week, following on from a 5% increase at the start of the year, chairman for the Milk Product Council Miklós Istvánfalvi said last week.
The State Tax Authority (APEH) is to turn its attention to clients of bankrupt car advert company Il Ferro after failing to collect taxes and social contributions on monies paid for placing adverts on their cars, the daily Magyar Hírlap reported last week. Il Ferro paid people to carry adverts for magazines and other products on their cars until it went bust. The company was responsible for sorting out taxes, the paper said, but as APEH was unable to collect from the disgraced firm it would turn to the clients themselves.
Hungary has shown a drastic population decrease in recent years, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) reported last week. 2007 alone shows a drop of 8,000 inhabitants between January and April. Despite the positive balance of migration since 2004, the numbers have maintained a steady downward spiral. Experts currently estimate an annual drop between 10,000 and 20,000. The birth rate and fertility have also dropped. With a 1.03% drop in birth rates since the 1970s, Hungary faces a continuing steady decrease of population in the coming year, the report said. Observers expect the population to dip below 10 million soon.
National Police Chief József Bencze last Thursday officially introduced a new code of conduct to be followed by police officers. The thirteen-point code will regulate both the professional and private conduct of policemen. It encompasses a great number of behavioural regulations, including public conduct, affiliation to superiors, and lawful application of force. A policeman must demonstrate fraternity, responsibility, humaneness, quality of work, and responsible handling of information and appearance. “The code is designed to guide police culture,” Bencze said. He admitted, however, that change would take time to instill, and the new regulations may not have any immediate consequences.
Over thirty people were injured, 16 of them seriously, when a bus carrying mainly elderly people swerved off the road and fell three metres into an industrial yard in Budapest last Tuesday morning. Ambulance service spokesman Pál GyĹ‘rfi said that 36 people were injured when the bus left Grassalkovich utca in District XXII, skipped a ditch and then fell before crashing into a building. None of the injuries suffered were life-threatening and consisted largely of broken bones.
More police officers have been posted across Budapest to protect foreign tourists and also help them with any queries, Budapest Police Chief Gábor Tóth said last Tuesday. Tóth said that the officers had largely been placed in metro and railway stations and points in the city centre, where foreigners were more exposed to street crime. Information points have also been set up at HĹ‘sök tere, Kálvin tér and Nyugati tér, complete with interpreters, to help lost tourist find their way.
The water in Lake Balaton, nicknamed the Hungarian Sea, is currently top quality, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) told MTI news agency last Tuesday. The good weather means that the hordes have descended upon the shores of Balaton sooner than normal, but the MTA said there was nothing to worry about. A study showed that microscopic algae have appeared in the water sooner than expected, but the level is at 20% of the allowed limit. The academy also said that a multitude of frogs and other insects also show that the water is cleaner than it has been during the last ten years.
A Hungarian rescue dog named Kuba has won the rubble search category in the 13th IRO Search and Rescue Dog World Championship, a spokesperson of the Hungarian team told MTI news agency last Monday. The Belgian Malinois beat off competition from 137 dogs from 18 countries to find three people buried under ruins while distracted by smoke, noise and other people.
Serbian police have established that Sefedini Agim, the man accused of murdering media mogul János FenyĹ‘ in February 1998, arrived in Budapest just a week before the murder, the daily Magyar Hírlap reported last week. However, police said last week that crucial DNA samples found at the crime scene did not match the accused. Agim, 33, stands accused of shooting the victim as he sat in his car waiting for traffic lights to change on the Buda side of Margit híd.
A top academic last week claimed that half of all medical students at Hungarian universities would be foreign within the next five years, citing financial benefits as the reason. The business daily Világgazdaság quoted Tivadar Tulassay, rector of Semmelweis University, as saying that the state has to pay HUF 1.2 million (EUR 4,879) per annum for Hungarian students, but that foreign students actually pay HUF 2.8 million (EUR 11,386) and cost the state nothing.
A policeman in the southern town of Baja has been fired after customs officers found around 50,000 cartons of cigarettes worth HUF 25 million (EUR 101,581) in a lorry parked in his courtyard last Tuesday, local media reported. Zoltán T. claimed that the cigarettes, which carried no customs tags, were not his. He said he allowed lorry driver, who he did not know, to park the lorry in his courtyard after it broke down.