Productivity in Hungary is constrained by education, training, access to finance, and inadequate environmental protection according to the 2014 edition of the Europe 2020 Competitiveness Report. The report, which ranks countries’ progress towards Europe 2020 goals, is issued by the World Economic Forum (WEF), a Geneva-based non-profit organization best known for its Annual Meeting in […]
9 September 2014 Dear Madam/Sir, The EEA and Norway Grants are the financial contribution of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein to support the development of certain EU Member States. Hungary has been a recipient since 2004. In 2012, the Norway Grants appointed Ökotárs Foundation, a non-governmental organization, to manage and monitor the distribution of a part […]
Transcript of Olga Kálmán interview with Norwegian ambassador to Hungary, Tove Skarstein, of 10 September 2014 on the subject of Hungarian-Norwegian relations and the Ökotárs raid. Note: The following interview was conducted in English and Hungarian, with Egyenes Beszéd (Straight Talk) hostess Olga Kálmán posing questions in Hungarian and Ambassador Skarstein responding in English. The Hungarian […]
Some 500 demonstrators gathered in front of the offices of Norwegian Civil Fund administrator Ökotárs Monday afternoon to protest the day-long house search by NBI agents of that beleaguered NGO’s Budapest offices. Click here here to watch Budapest Beacon correspondent Csaba Tóth’s six minute long home video of the protest.
Translation of the op-ed piece EU sviker demokratin i Ungern (EU betraying democracy in Hungary) appearing in August 24, 2014 edition of the Swedish daily Götebourgs-Posten. For example, on that hot July day in 2013 when the Parliament considered the resolution based on a report from the Portuguese representative Rui Tavares; a report that was a scathing […]
The following Facebook exchange between Mr. Vidacs of Reykjavík, Iceland, and the Budapest Beacon offers insight into the attitudes and mindset of Hungarian nationals living (or at least hailing from) Hungary’s “near abroad”, that is, areas formerly belonging to Hungary that were awarded at the Paris Peace Conference to neighboring countries in the aftermath of the First World War […]
Happy New Year 2014! The Budapest Beacon published 180 articles on a wide-range of issues pertaining to Hungary over the past three months. Now it’s time to kick back, relax, pour a glass of champagne, and toast in the new year. We wish our readers a happy and prosperous new year! Stay tuned for more […]