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Information for companies in case of a No Deal Brexit

Dear members and partners,

Amidst all the uncertainty regarding Brexit and the surrounding issues, we all have to be ready for any scenario, including the one if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.
Below is the official communication from the British Embassy which we feel is vital information for all British businesses in Hungary.

"If the UK exits the EU without a deal, UK businesses will have to apply customs, excise and VAT procedures to goods traded with the EU, in broadly the same way that already applies for goods traded outside of the EU. The UK intends to establish an independent trade remedies system by the time the UK exits the EU. For more background details please see gov.uk."

We are moving!

Dear members and visitors

The British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary is excited to announce that we are moving to a new location!

After a week of packing, the British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (BCCH) team, with the help of Santa Fe Relocation Services are making the move from their office at Bank Center to their new home located at 1051 Budapest, Sas Utca 18. on March 30.
Our contacts have not changed.

The move will be completed over the weekend and our services will be up and running by noon on Monday, April 1.
Visit the new BCCH office during office hours and see how we can help you grow your business.
The BCCH office is open from 9:00 to 17:00.

Best regards,
The BCCH team

Vodafone Digital Award

Do you have a digital innovation?

Applications for the Vodafone Digital Award are accepted in three categories until March 5

 

The Vodafone Foundation will accept digital innovation ideas till midnight on March 5. The technology application scheme with a total award value of 15 million HUF  will allow through those who already have one completed digital development/device, and create something new in one of the three categories of digital child, digital families and digital NGOs.

 

The Vodafone Foundation has set the objective of dedicating the Vodafone Digital Award to supporting those who serve the good of society through their developments, and wish to help. The idea is that completed digital innovations should support the day-to-day lives and technical integration of the Foundation’s key target groups. Applications for the scheme with a total award value of 15 million HUF have been accepted since mid-December. Thanks to the extended deadline, those whose ready-made solutions require further development and those who wish to present such solution to a wider audience but could not do so until now in the lack of funding, can apply until midnight on March 5.

‘The key global values of Vodafone and the Vodafone Foundations are responsibility-taking and the supporting of projects which serve the good of society with the help of mobile technology. As a digital company, we aim to support creative and innovative solutions that use technology and allow us to bring real change in the lives of families, children and NGOs. With the help of the Vodafone Digital Award, we aim to identify talents we intend to support in order to get closer to a digital world and an exciting future.’ – said Amanda Nelson, CEO of Vodafone Hungary.

The applications submitted will be judged by a 7-member Jury. In the evaluation process, the Jury will consider how much the device, product or development submitted will help the life of the given target group, how much the technological solution in hand is considered new, and how effective the planned project budget is. Feasibility, social usefulness and the promotion of the project will also be important considerations when choosing a winner.   

 

For details of the call to application, please, visit the Vodafone Digital Award website.   

Information on EU Exit for British nationals in Hungary from the British Embassy in Budapest

Dear All,

 

 

We assembled some of the most important links and information in this email regarding EU Exit. Please share with members of the British community living in Hungary in case they turn to you for information. EU Exit may impact the lives of British citizens living, studying and working here in a number of ways, and it is important that they are aware of potential changes.

 

 

Information on EU Exit for British nationals in Hungary

 

If, as we hope and expect, a deal is agreed between the EU and UK, the Hungarian government is committed to implementing the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement, including protecting the current rights of UK nationals legally resident in Hungary on 31 December 2020.  In a ‘no deal’ scenario, the Hungarian government has committed to protecting the current rights of UK nationals legally resident in Hungary on 29 March 2019, on a broadly reciprocal basis with the UK. That means the Hungarian government will offer broadly the same to UK nationals as the UK Government offers to Hungarian citizens.
You can find details of the UK’s commitment to Hungarian and other EU citizens in the UK in a ‘no deal’ scenario here.

 

The Hungarian government is currently developing the exact legal and practical provisions for both scenarios.  Once the Hungarian government has established the practical details, there is likely to be a simplified administrative process to confirm the continuing rights of Brits in Hungary in both a deal and ‘no deal’ scenario.

 

In the meantime, in order to prepare for all scenarios regarding the UK’s exit from the EU, the Hungarian government advises that Brits apply for a “Registration Certificate for EEA Nationals” at their local Immigration and Asylum Office by 29 March 2019, if they have not already done so. This is a long-standing requirement under Hungarian law for residents of three months or longer.
You can find more details on the website of the Immigration and Asylum Office.

 

We are pleased to confirm that in order to facilitate the registration process, the Budapest and Pest County Regional Directorate of the Immigration and Asylum Office will provide a separate client service for British nationals resident in Budapest and Pest County every Wednesday from 10.00 until 12.00 at 1117 Budapest, Budafoki street 60. It is not necessary to book appointments in advance.
Those resident outside Budapest can register at their local Immigration and Asylum Office.

 

Please note that those already in possession of a Registration Certificate do not have to do anything more now. They should wait for further information from the Hungarian government about concrete next steps on future arrangements following EU Exit (e.g. how to apply for the new status), which the British Embassy will also communicate on our social media channels and on our ‘Living in Hungary’ page.

 

Any British nationals are suggested to check the following links regularly

 

Living in Hungary Guide (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-hungary)Official information UK nationals moving to and living in Hungary need to know, including EU Exit guidance, residency, healthcare and driving.

UK Nationals living in the EU page (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/advice-for-british-nationals-travelling-and-living-in-europe): Information on the rights and status of UK nationals living in the European Union.

UK in Hungary Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ukinhungary)

UK in Hungary Twitter page (https://twitter.com/ukinhungary)

 

With kind regards,

 

 

Zsuzsanna Bacso-Hlavka Vice Consul British Embassy

25th Investment Climate Survey in Hungary

Dear members and partners,

We kindly invite you to participate in an online survey made by the German-Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, about operating in Central and Eastern European states, including Hungary. BCCH is assisting them to transmit this survey towards more prospective participants.

The poll analyses the economic situation and the business climate in Hungary. Identical surveys are being conducted simultaneously for 15 further countries of the CEE region. The survey is conducted online, it takes about 10 minutes to answer the questions.

The questionnaire is available here: http://konjunkturumfrage.ahk.de/

Users may freely select one out of the 3 languages (Hungarian, German, English) to answer the questions and data protection is guaranteed according to the guidelines of the DUIHK.

The deadline for submitting answers is March 1, 2019 (Friday).
The results of the survey will be made public in early April.

Ms Alexandra Schmidt appointed as the Director of Sales and Marketing at Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest

Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest is delighted to announce the appointment of

 

 

Ms Alexandra Schmidt

  Director of Sales and Marketing

Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest

 

 

Alexandra represents herself as a true Kempinski ambassador having started her career in 2005 as a Conference and Banqueting Sales Coordinator in Budapest. Five years later she joined the Kempinski Gozo team as Director of Sales. During her three years there, she led her team with great passion to achieve outstanding hotel revenue results as well as successfully managing marketing projects of the Hotel. 

 

Returned to Budapest in 2013 as Director of Sales, she was responsible for managing the sales teams and became an established Sales & Marketing expert known as an inspiring leader. In her new position and with her deep knowledge of the Hungarian market, the global market trends and sales conversion strategies, she will be a key player in achieving our Sales goals working closely with the Marketing team to consistently deliver beautiful performances.

 

A Hungarian national, Alexandra is fluent in Hungarian, German and English. She graduated at the University of West in Hungary with a Master in Economics and Marketing. 

Alexandra's contact details: Tel +36 1 429 3575alexandra.schmidt@kempinski.com

Happy New Year!

New year, new plans, new memories to be made. The British Chamber of Commerce wishes you all the best for 2019!

A survey by the Association of Adult Educational Enterprises (FVSZ) 

 

Dear BCCH Members,

We kindly invite you to participate in an online survey made by the Association of Adult Educational Enterprises (FVSZ) about the human (mainly educational) needs of companies of domestic and foreign interest operating in Hungary.

 

We truly believe that the subject – educating and training adults at different organisations in Hungary – is essential regarding the country, the economy and last but not least the future of your business.  After a thorough analysis, the summary of the findings supplemented with the professional proposals of FVSZ will be presented to the policy decision makers.

We are aware that answering the questions trustworthily requires quite a little of your precious time but it would have made no sense to shorten this questionnaire otherwise we couldn’t have achieved the desired aims i.e. professionally established results. To simplify your work you can answer the questions online.

To access the survey, please click here.

Thank you for your help and of course, all the findings of the research will be published on the homepage of FVSZ and in different media.

Should you have any further information, comments, questions, or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact us at bcch@bcch.com.

Thank you very much for your time.

 

Best regards,

Csurgai Csilla

Executive Director

BCCH

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