The new Civil Procedure Code of Hungary – What the changes mean for us?

The new Civil Procedure Code of Hungary came into force 1 January 2018 and – we can say – it has brought numerous changes. At the time of delivering this code the aim was to create a procedure which not only fits into the international practice but establishes a framework for a more professional one. To achieve this objective the legislator made changes even on a basic level. Two major…

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Japanese Companies and Investments in Hungary

The existence of Japanese countries in Hungary is increasing observed the last few years, as a result of that became Japan one of the biggest investors in Hungary, and Hungary became one of the most important partner of Japan in Central-Eastern Europe. About Hungary Hungary is one of the most dynamic economies situated at the very heart of Europe. After the historic political changes in Central Europe in 1989-90 and…

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Where to find Hungarian birth, marriage and death certificates? – Simplified Naturalization Procedure

If you want to prove your origins to a certain authority or want to start a naturalization procedure, or simply want to research the history of your family or the life of your ancestors, then birth, marriage and death certificates can provide you with a lot of useful information. It is often very important to have those certificates, but it can be difficult to find them, especially when you only…

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How to get visa to Hungary and the different types of visas

The Schengen Area is a border-free zone, established by the Schengen Agreement, in which the member states acknowledged the abolishment of their internal borders. The purpose of this agreement is to facilitate the free and unrestricted movement of people, goods, services and capital between member states and to apply common rules for controlling external borders. The Schengen Area consists of 22 member states, most of them are members of the…

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Obtaining Hungarian citizenship through simplified naturalization procedure

Foreign citizens who have never been Hungarian citizens before may acquire Hungarian citizenship by naturalisation. Persons who meet the necessary requirements may apply for simplified naturalization procedure. It is important to know, that when applying for Hungarian citizenship in the simplified naturalization procedure, it is a legal requirement to understand and communicate in Hungarian language on a sufficient level, and to be able to present the application independently and to…

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Different ways of getting a residence permit in Hungary

Hungary, especially Budapest had become a desirable destination for workers all around the world in the last decades, particularly since its accession to the EU in 2004. Costs of living in Budapest are relatively small compared to other european capitals, but the standards of living are definitely high enough to encourage workers and students to come here to work or study. If you plan to work in Hungary, but you…

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Business Criminal Law in Hungary

Regulating business criminal law is one of the most significant matters in Hungarian criminal policy. According to recent statistics, most crimes are commited againts property. Since the Hungarian business enviroment is very complex, it is necesseary to have an established knowledge about the relevant acts and crimes. 1. Main statutes The Act C of 2012 on the criminal code regulates the substative criminal law. The Act has two parts; the…

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Overview of the criminal procedure in Hungary

Hungary belongs to the continental legal system, which means that the sources of law are predominantly statutes. Case law is secondary compared to the statutes, as opposed to the common-law system, which gives primacy to judge made law. The two main statutes in connection with criminal law are the Act C of 2012 on the Criminal Code (substantive law), and the Act XIX of 1998 on the Criminal Proceedings (procedural…

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How to Rent a Flat in Budapest (For Expats)

Finding the right apartment when moving to Budapest is probably the most crucial thing in connection with your stay. Once you found your dream apartment in a convenient location with a trustworthy landlord on reasonable price the hardest thing is still ahead, signing the rental contract. Here are some tips on what to consider before signing the contract. First and foremost make sure you know and understand all the details…

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Taxation of Hungarian companies and private persons

Personal income tax and VAT were introduced into the Hungarian tax system in 1988. This was a first step in a long process of tax reform. The next major step, undertaken in 1991, was the modernization of the corporate income tax system. In 1993, the VAT legislation was further modified to conform, at least in principle, to the VAT systems used in the European Union. 1995 witnessed the introduction of…

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