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In Hungary, the employment of people with disabilities is not a recent idea, because as early as in 1826 a program was created for the establishment of an institution in Pest to "afford assistance and relief to all the misfortunate sons of our motherland.” These institutions were involved in care for the blind, and later in their education and vocational training. Similar efforts were made for the deaf and people with other hearing impairments. In the 1940s, in Budapest and countrywide tailors, dressmakers, leather workers, carpet weavers could still perform their activities independently.

Key milestones


establishment of social employment entities in Hungary.

September 1960

formation of the Social Employment Company of the Executive Council of the Council of District 7 of the Metropolitan Municipality of Budapest: employment of 300 people who would not have been given jobs under normal operating conditions, with changed ability to work, as well as elderly and socially disadvantaged people, for dressmaking, book-binding and packaging activities belonging to the main profile.


considerable rise in the headcount, approx. 600 employees engaged under normal employment contracts and commissioned workers.


employment of people with serious and multiple disabilities in 13 workshops within District 7.


transfer of the central building in Dózsa György Street./p>

April 1991

registration of ERFO Industrial Company with a core profile covering the rehabilitative employment of people with reduced ability to work./p>


Protected Organizational Contract; ERFO became a public-benefit company with its owner being the National Employment Public Foundation.

June 2007

Rehabilitative employment came to include an approx. 900 headcount taken over from Agora Kft., the registration of 16 new operating sites – commencement of the manufacturing of paper and plastic products in the Pécs region.

July 2009

restructuring as a non-for-profit organization.

March 2014

public-benefit organization with 28 operating sites, with their majority situated in the southwestern part of Hungary.


Integrated management of KÉZMŰ / ERFO / FŐKEFE.