Modern Cities To Ensure 1,200 Bn Forints For Urban Development

  • 14 Apr 2015 9:00 AM
Modern Cities To Ensure 1,200 Bn Forints For Urban Development
The government’s Modern Cities programme will ensure a total of 1,200 billion forints (EUR 4bn) for Hungary’s largest cities, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in northern Hungary’s Eger, adding that the sum would be distributed on basis of locally made decisions. Orbán referred to an earlier practice of “experts in Budapest” deciding how to meet the needs of other cities, and said that that routine “must be changed”.

Decisions should be made where the people affected live, the prime minister insisted. Development projects under the programme should ensure full employment in the country by 2018, Orbán said.

All those that are healthy and strong should live on wages rather than on benefits, therefore cities in the programme should give precedence to projects boosting employment, he added.

Concerning developments in Eger, Orbán voiced support for a 30 billion forint project to link the city with the M3 motorway, which, thanks to the government’s recent adoption of a package to speed up administrative procedures, could be completed by 2018.

The government will also support Eger in completing an industrial park of 20 hectares, and building a new complex for water sports, a project worth 6 billion forints, Orbán said.


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