Local Press Digest

BUDAPEST, Apr 28, 2000 (Rtr)


Prime Minister Viktor Orban confirmed on Thursday that he and Smallholder president Jozsef Torgyan met earlier in the day, but did not say whether they discussed the question of who the Smallholders will nominate as head of state on Saturday. Democratic Forum president Ibolya David told a television channel that her party will under no circumstances vote for Torgyan.

Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schussel held talks with Prime Minister Viktor Orban during a lightning working visit to Budapest on Thursday. Schussel confirmed that his cabinet approved a donation of ATS 1.5 million to Hungarian flood victims.

Polish President Alexander Kwasniewski arrived in Hungary on Thursday with a truckload of donation for flood victims.

President Arpad Goncz on Thursday nominated deputy ombudsman Peter Polt for the post of prosecutor general.

Parliament's national security committee on Thursday approved the nomination of Ervin Demeter to the post of secret services minister.


Prime Minister Viktor Orban spent three hours meeting with the Democratic Forum caucus on Thursday.


A "cold civil war" is under way in Hungarian political life, Fidesz president Laszlo Kover said on Thursday.


The number of unemployed in March was 246,300.

Per capita GDP in Budapest is more than three times that of Nograd and Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg counties, according to a report on GDP output by region in 1998.

Busmaker NABI on Thursday announced a first-quarter operating profit of $0.641 million.

Pannonplast on Thursday announced a first quarter net profit of 453 million, up 18 percent year-on-year.

OTP Bank will pay dividends of 18 percent, it was decided at Thursday's annual general meeting.

Telecoms company Matav will pay Ft 9.3 billion of its 1999 net profit as dividend, with the remaining Ft 49.5 billion going into profit reserves, it was decided at Thursday's annual general meeting.

Richter Gedeon opened a new pharmaceuticals factory in Kobanya on Thursday.

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