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Public transport provision is the Budapest administration’s main task, the Ministry of Innovation and Technology (ITM) said in a statement on Wednesday, adding that Gergely Karácsony, the city’s mayor, would be unfit for office if he failed to solve the city’s transport financing.

The Budapest metropolitan council, had it been willing to cooperate, would have solved the city’s public transport financing long ago, the statement said.

Karácsony, it added, either due to incompetence or, more recently, his tactic of diverting attention away from scandals plaguing City Hall, had failed to address the issue.

“This is still in the mayor’s hands,” the statement said.

Budapest Threatens to Halt Public Transport on Thursday if Gov't Continues to Withhold Payment
Budapest Threatens to Halt Public Transport on Thursday if Gov't Continues to Withhold Payment

The financing of the capital's public transport was a difficult question even before Gergely Karácsony took office. The government points to the lack of a new agreement.Continue reading

While central budget financing for local public transport is significant, its provision is a statutory task of local governments, the ministry said, adding that the city administration was refusing to pay its share in respect of public transport for the city’s agglomeration and to conclude the financing agreement accordingly.

All that’s required is the mayor’s signature, it added.

In the featured photo: Minister of Innovation and Technology László Palkovics. Photo by Lajos Soós/MTI