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Gov't to pay full annual pension bonus in 2022

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Hungary's government will pay a full month's worth of extra pension benefits, dubbed the 13th-month pension, next February, Minister for Families Katalin Novák said in a video message posted on Facebook on Wednesday.

Payments will be made to 2.5 million eligible recipients such as pensioners and others receiving pension-like benefits, Novák said.

The government reintroduced the first "week" of the annual pension bonus - equivalent to a full month's pension - in 2021 and had planned to add the second week to the bonus in 2022.

"We can certainly return two weeks [of the pension bonus] at the beginning of next year. But, if we don't make any mistakes, and if the government's growth-driving economic policy is successful in the coming three months, as it has been until now, then I see a chance early next year to return not just two weeks, but a full month of the pension bonus sometime around early February," Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said early in October.

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