The president said the timely and effective measures introduced in the fight against the novel coronavirus epidemic had a substantial impact in both countries.
Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, and Katalin Novák, the state secretary for family and youth affairs and deputy leader of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party, held talks in Berlin on the first days of Germany’s presidency of the European Union, the PM’s Office said.
The lockdown to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus caused double-digit declines in Hungary’s exports and imports in April, a second reading of data released by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) shows.
Cutting red tape related to jobs administration will accompany measures to reduce the tax burden when it comes to rebooting the economy, Mihály Varga, the finance minister, said after a meeting of the operative board for protecting the economy.
Hungary and Slovenia are both among the European Union member states with the lowest number of novel coronavirus cases and fatalities relative to their respective population sizes, President János Áder said after talks with his Slovenian counterpart in Budapest.
As the EU opens up travel to Europe for the citizens of 14 countries outside of the bloc, Hungary will keep its borders closed for the time being.
Hungarian railways MÁV has started selling international tickets online, the first destination being Austria, the company said.
Fully 800 Hungarians have applied so far for the army reserve scheme, defence Minister Tibor Benko said at an award ceremony of the Armed Forces of Hungary on Thursday.
One elderly patient with a chronic underlying illness has died in the past 24 hours and the number of registered novel coronavirus infections has risen by nine to 4,166, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Thursday morning.
A 250 kg WWII bomb was found near a factory on the outskirts of the town of Bük in western Hungary, an army official said.