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Coronavirus: Fidesz Calls on Budapest Leadership to Help Save Struggling Local Businesses

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.04.16.

The ruling alliance of Fidesz and the Christian Democrats has called on Budapest’s leadership to help save local businesses hit by disruptions from the novel coronavirus outbreak.

In addition to the government’s economic protection measures, local governments also play an essential role in managing the crisis, Zsolt Láng, Fidesz’s group leader in the Budapest assembly, said in a statement on Wednesday. The ruling parties therefore urge Budapest’s leadership to prepare a rescue package for businesses that rent space from the city council, he said.

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Fidesz recommends that Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony should begin talks with the more than one hundred businesses affected by the crisis and instruct the chief executive of the Budapest City Administration Holding Company (BVH) to apply regulations protecting tenants to all city council-owned companies, Láng said.

He also underlined the importance of protecting small and medium-sized firms that rent space from a city council-owned company as opposed to directly from the capital.

In the featured photo: Zsolt Láng (in the middle) in the Budapest assembly. Photo by Tamás Kovács/MTI