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Foreign Minister: No More Than 6 Hungary-Austria Roads Face Traffic Restrictions

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.06.28.

Austria is mulling restricting traffic on six roads between Austria and Hungary, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Thursday, calling reports that “a majority” of such roads face closure “scaremongering”.

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Talking to MTI after talks with Hans Peter Doskozil, the head of Austria’s Burgenland region, Szijjártó noted that some thirty roads connect the two countries. Of the six in question, five are dirt roads, he added.

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A Hungarian-Austrian working group is holding talks to find a solution that respects local interests, he said.

The average distance of legal border crossings between Austria and Hungary is 12 kilometres, much shorter than the regional 40km average, he noted. It is still behind the 2.5km average in western Europe, he added.

Featured photo by Mitko Sztojcsev/Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade