The Government of Hungary strongly rebuked a press statement released by the US Department of State in Washington, DC concerning the recent sentencing by a Hungarian court of Syrian native Ahmed Hamed who was involved in the attacks on Hungarian police at the Hungarian-Serbian border in September 2015. In an official statement, the Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister responded, calling the State Department’s comments "inappropriate and hypocritical.”
On Wednesday, November 30, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán spoke at the Sixth Annual Meeting of the Hungarian Diaspora Council in Budapest. The Prime Minister emphasized the successes of the rapidly expanding Hungarian economy and laid out a road path for diaspora outreach policies for the next five years.
On Wednesday, November 23, US-based medical technology company Becton Dickinson announced a new investment project in the Hungarian city of Tatabanya to increase production capacity. The investment is expected to create an additional 219 new jobs.
Following a phone conversation with President-elect of the United States Donald Trump on Wednesday, November 24, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán expressed optimism and his belief diplomatic ties with the US could improve markedly. The President-elect also extended an invitation to the Prime Minister to visit Washington, DC.
Following a meeting with former Prime Minister of Macedonia Nikola Greuvski in Budapest on Friday, November 18, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán reaffirmed Hungary’s support for Macedonian accession to both NATO and the EU.
At the Regional Digital Conference in Budapest on Thursday, November 17, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced that corporation tax will be lowered to single digits next year: a rate of 9% will apply equally to small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporations. He added that this was decided at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, after a proposal from the Minister for National Economy, and earlier consultations with employers. Mr. Orbán said that, with regard to increasing the minimum wage in Hungary, he had asked the Minister for National Economy to do as much as possible in seeking to raise it to as high a level as businesses can reasonably sustain.
On Thursday, November 15, Ambassador of Hungary Dr. Réka Szemerkényi and six other Ambassadors of the Visegrád Group (Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic) and the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania jointly signed a letter addressed to senior Democratic and Republican leaders in the US House of Representatives and Senate urging bipartisan support to streamline export procedures on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).
Speaking on Kossuth Radio’s „180 Minutes” program on Friday, November 11, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said he anticipates the opening of a new chapter of Hungarian-American cooperation following the election of Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States.
On Tuesday, November 8, ahead of the election of President-elect Donald Trump, Ambassador of Hungary to the United States Dr. Réka Szemerkényi attended election night watch parties and discussions hosted by the Heritage Institute, the Washington Post. POLITICO, and the National Press Club.
Following the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, President of the Republic János Áder, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó congratulated the President-elect on his victory and extended an invitation for even closer cooperation with the United States.