Domestic Politics

Modern Cities: €11 Billion Development Tour Concluded With PM Orbán’s Visit To Hódmezővásárhely

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has signed an agreement with the Mayor of Hódmezővásárhely, in southern Hungary, on developments planned in the city.

Hódmezõvásárhely, 2017. május 26. Orbán Viktor miniszterelnök (b) és Almási István (Fidesz-KDNP) polgármester kicserélik a dokumentumot, miután aláírták a Modern városok program keretében a kormány és Hódmezõvásárhely városa közötti együttmûködési megállapodást a hódmezõvásárhelyi polgármesteri hivatal dísztermében 2017. május 26-án. MTI Fotó: Koszticsák Szilárd
Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán (left) and Mayor of Hódmezővásárhely István Almási (photo: Szilárd Koszticsák – MTI)

Viktor Orbán said Hódmezővásárhely deserved gratitude for preserving Hungarian historical ways of life, culture and traditions. Hódmezővásárhely Mayor István Almási told the same press conference that the pact signed with the government would help propel the city to progress further.

Plans outlined in the framework of the Modern Cities programme include developing and expanding the local industrial park, bringing processing industry firms to the city and the construction of a solar power plant park.

The government will also spend 4 billion forints (EUR 13m) on the construction of a new library and another 4 billion on renovating secondary schools and dormitories, the Prime Minister told a press conference after signing the pact. Upgrades to vocational training institutions are also in the pipeline.

Developments also include the construction of a 117km-long network of bicycle paths along the city’s outskirts as well as infrastructural developments to the Miklós Zrinyi barracks. A new military secondary school and dormitory will also be built and the government will also explore the possibility of granting the city’s hospital military hospital status, Orbán added.

Hódmezővásárhely is the final city to join the Modern Cities programme launched in 2015. As part of the scheme, the government signed development agreements worth a total of 3,400 billion forints (EUR 11bn) with 23 cities. Under the programme, the government took over a total of 1,369 billion forints worth of debt from the cities involved, Viktor Orbán said.

via MTI; photo: Szilárd Koszticsák – MTI; featured photo: ujirany.com