In its resolution No. H-JÉ-I-528/2014 the Central Bank of Hungary (MNB) revoked the operating licence of Széchenyi István Credit Union (registered office: 8900 Zalaegerszeg, Kossuth Lajos u. 62-64.) and the court has ordered its liquidation. Consequently, pursuant to Act CCXXXVII of 2013 on Credit Institutions and Financial Enterprises (Hpt.) NDIF will start the indemnification of depositors on
5 December 2014, and will complete the process within 20 working days.
Amount of indemnification
Pursuant to the above Act, NDIF will make personalised payments on deposit and interest claims calculated up to 4 December 2014 in the amount of maximum HUF 30,688,000, i.e. the HUF equivalent of maximum EUR 100,000 per person. Conversion will be carried out at MNB’s foreign exchange rate valid on 4 December 2014.
Customers do not need to submit a claim for indemnification. Payments will be based on the personal details (names, addresses, etc.) and corporate details kept in the database of the Credit Union, as well as on the details available on the deposits held. Please note that NDIF will send indemfincation related notices to each depositor’s permanent address kept on file in the credit cooperative, and not to other addresses that may be registered. Any change in the residential address can only be reported in the branches of the Credit Union with a proof of identification.
NDIF will draw up detailed payment reports on the amounts of indemnification, and will send such reports to the depositors by post by “return receipt requested” delivery.
Methods of payment
For private individuals
§ up to HUF 2.5 million through a postal order (amounts up to HUF 100,000 will be delivered in cash by the postal delivery person).
§ between HUF 2.5 million and HUF 5 million using an NDIF Deposit Insurance Card. The card can exclusively be used for the withdrawal of the amount of indemnificaion. It cannot be used for purchases! The depositor will first receive the PIN code necessary for using the card, then a letter containing the card, and finally the payment report in a letter posted by “return receipt requested” delivery. The letter containing the card will include all the information required for the use of the card. Please note that all three letters (letters containing the PIN code, the card and the payment report) must be received before the card can be used! You can use the card to withdraw the amount you are entitled to at any OTP Bank cash machine (the daily limit is maximum HUF 800,000) or in a lump sum in an OTP branch or at a post office. In the latter two cases please notify the OTP branch or the post office about your intention of witdrawal two days in advance if you wish to withdraw an amount that qualifies as large cash withdrawal by the OTP branch or the given post office.
§ over HUF 5 million customers can receive or make further arrangements about the amounts they are entitled to in person, in the assigned savings bank branch. NDIF will notify the depositor in detail about the actions he/she needs to take in connection with the withdrawal of the amount of indemnification in the letter attached to the payment report on the amount to be paid. In the same letter NDIF will also specify which savings bank branch will act as the paying agent.
For legal entities
§ Independent of the amounts concerned, legal entities, other organisations and private entrepreneurs can receive the amounts of indemnification they are entitled to after receiving the payment report and the attached information letter sent by post, in the assigned cooperative savings bank branch.
For cash security purposes we advise that you deposit your indemnity in the given branch, or have it transferred to a current account kept in any Hungarian credit institution. We hereby strongly advise our customers that keeping large amounts of cash may pose a security risk, therefore they should exert caution.
If the holder of the deposit, the person entitled to indemnification, has in the meantime passed away, and the heirs have not yet notified the Credit Union about the death, please call NDIF’s customer service line (06 (40) 918-918) for further arrangements. Calls are charged at local rates. In case of child welfare agency deposits the guardians/custodians must also call the above number.
During the indemnification process the amount deducted by the Credit Union due to overdue debt will not be paid to the customer.
Indemnities are also subject to the effective laws on taxation, therefore NDIF must deduct the interest tax and the flat-rate healthcare contribution from the interest to be paid.
In connection with deposit claims that exceed HUF 30,688,000 or that are not insured by NDIF (see Section 213 of Hpt.) a creditor’s claim can be filed with the Financial Stability Institute (Pénzügyi Stabilitási és Felszámoló Nonprofit Kft.). For information please visit http://www.psfn.hu/ or call +36 (1) 321-0116.
For further information please visit NDIF’s website (www.oba.hu), call the customer telephone line at +36 (40) 918-918, or visit the branches of Széchenyi István Credit Union.
National Deposit Insurance Fund
Budapest, 6 December 2014