Friday, 15 February, 2019

Women here with 4 or more kids get permanent tax exemption

The measures are meant to encourage women to have more children and to reverse Hungary's population decline 123rfThe measures are meant to encourage women to have more children and to reverse Hungary's population decline
Melinda Barton | 13 February, 2019, 19:15

Ahead of his visits to Budapest and Bratislava, U.S. officials said Pompeo hoped to reverse what they called a decade of U.S. disengagement in Central Europe that created a vacuum that Russian Federation and China have exploited.

Big Brother Huawei kitted out this Philippine city.

Mike Pomeo, US Secretary of State, has made what could be interpreted as veiled threats against Central European countries that their use of Huawei networking equipment "makes it more hard for America to be present in those countries".

Huawei denies engaging in intelligence work for any government.

The benefits include a lifetime personal income-tax exemption for women who give birth and raise at least four children; a subsidy of 2.5 million forints (US$8,825) toward the purchase a seven-seat vehicle for families with three or more children; and a low-interest loan of 10 million forints (US$35,300) for women under age 40 who are marrying for the first time.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto welcomed Pompeo's calls for closer ties and promised more defence cooperation but also brushed off the criticism on relations with Russian Federation and China.

In Poland, where Pompeo is travelling on Tuesday, the government is considering banning Huawei from participating in the development of 5G capabilities after arresting a Chinese employee of Huawei and a former Polish security official on spying allegations last month.

"They get to make their own decisions with respect to these things", Pompeo said.

"We have to understand that the European peoples have come to a historical crossroads", Orban said.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters in Beijing on Tuesday that China appreciated Szijjarto's "independent, fair and objective" comments, and that China-Hungary ties would not be damaged or interfered with by other countries. "We believe our friendly cooperation does not target or effect any other countries and we also hope the development of China-Hungary relations will not be disrupted by any other country".

During his visit to Budapest on February 11, Pompeo met with Hungary's right-wing populist prime minister, Viktor Orban, to stress the importance of promoting democracy and the rule of law.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday visited Slovakia on the latest stop on a Central European tour aimed at curbing the growing influence of Russian Federation and China.

"So numerous concerns that are voiced are things that have happened in the absence of America being engaged", he told reporters.