On 23 February 2017, Albion Languages provided the interpreting at the Joint Venture Association’s “Expat Day” conference. Representatives from 67 companies in Hungary met in Budapest’s luxurious Novotel to discuss typical issues that arise when hiring expats.

Although the event was held in Hungarian, English-speaking employers were able to participate in and enjoy proceedings, thanks to the tireless work of Szilárd Kővári, Hungarian to English interpreter at Albion Languages.

The event kicked off with a welcome from Silvia Szendrey, Executive Director of the Joint Venture Association. She outlined the five main topics for the afternoon’s discussions, namely employing foreign residents, tax and social security issues, major remuneration trends in Hungary, and potential risks in employing expats. Presentations were given by respected members of JVSZ and Hungarian governmental agencies.

Dr. Szilvia Konyhás, Immigration Director at Hungary’s Immigration and Asylum Office presented top tips for ensuring that an expat employee is fully registered with the Hungarian state. Tamás Gyányi of WTS Klient presented how employers can help their expat employees navigate the tricky Hungarian taxation system. Then, Tünde Jakabos, Advisory Leader of Korn Ferry Hay Group showed us how Hungary compares with the rest of Europe in terms of offering attractive salaries and benefits to expats. Finally, Dr. Szilvia Varga from Settlers Relocation warned of the risks that may befall companies who improperly employ expats, such as invalid registration cards.

Throughout the presentations and discussions, Szilárd was able to proficiently handle the complex legal terminology to deliver a flawless English translation for all following proceedings on headphones. Afterwards, we enjoyed a beautiful lunch, followed by an exciting networking event. We at Albion Languages would like to thank JVSZ for a fascinating Expat Day.


Szilárd Kővári, HU-EN Interpreter at Albion Languages, prepares for the event


Tamás Gyányi of WTS Klient presents typical issues of completing taxes for expats


Members of the Austrian Embassy in Hungary tune in to Szilard’s interpreting



The topic attracted a large audience of JVSZ members (photo credit: JVSZ)


About Albion Languages: Founded in 1999, Albion Languages offers translation, localisation, and interpreting solutions, with the aim of placing the client at the centre of attention in each and every project. Our dedicated employees and specialised translators combine translation expertise with a flexible, personal service to deliver thousands of translations a year in over fifty different languages. http://albionlanguages.com/

About the Joint Venture Association: Founded in 1986 and reformed in 1991, the JVSZ works to improve the economic and investment environment, provide information regarding business ventures and opportunities, and promote networking and partner-relations for its members. It consists of about 300 registered members, though 1000-1500 enterprises are associated with the Association in some way. Members are from Hungary, as well as from over 35 different countries in Europe. To learn more, visit https://jointventure.hu/en.


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