The Újcket Restaurant cards will operate on the basis of an already well-known Szép-card design released in January 2022. Technically, they will have three pockets, with a focus on meals and the technology provided by Mastercard, writes voucher editor Edenred.
“Currently, 4.5 million employees in Hungary could receive a Szép card, but only 2.2 million receive such benefits. The health of workers and being able to count on them in the long run is one of the greatest values for all workers today. This is why this type of benefit should be a much more widely used solution. Edenred considers it Hungary’s mission to improve the current situation and the fact that we can still do this with our well-known, positive-value, tax-deductible Ticket Restaurant solution, ”said Tamás Szendrő, CEO, at the roundtable he organized.
A 15 percent tax will be payable afterwards
This provides this support to the employer on the Szép card, so in 2021 only 15 percent of the tax will have to be paid after the benefit up to the amount of the fringe benefits, said László Fata, a benefit expert and the founder of Cafeteria Trend magazine.
“In the current epidemic caused by the coronavirus, we are facing great difficulties in the hospitality sector, so the whole area can benefit from all the traffic-boosting tools, including Ticket Restaurant. With this initiative, a healthy hot meal will be available to a wider audience than before, even to those who have not been able to afford a restaurant meal so far, ”emphasized László Kovács, President of the Hungarian Catering Industry Association.
Edenred has launched its Food Program in Hungary with the Hungarian Scientific Association for Harm Reduction and Environmental Diseases. As part of this, the experts of the association formulated scientifically based recommendations on the cooking technology and the raw materials used for restaurants, factory canteens, employee catering kitchens, public catering kitchens and social and health kitchens.
They received compensation
In 2016, the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), an international dispute resolution organization at the World Bank, awarded € 23 million in damages to Edenred. The owner of the Ticket Restaurant brand filed a complaint against the Hungarian state.