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Budapest to Launch Information Campaign on Govt’s Austerity Measures

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.01.18.

The municipal government of Budapest is launching an information campaign with a view to providing a picture of the situation in the capital, Gergely Karácsony, the city’s mayor, told an online press conference on Monday.

Karácsony said the idea was to strengthen Budapest’s community and persuade the central government to scrap its curbs on the local administration.

Information will be made available concerning the operation of public services and the city’s finances, as well as its public services.

The campaign is also geared towards making the public aware of Budapest’s strength in fighting “government measures”. “We can join forces to make the government lift the austerity measures” imposed on localities, he added.

The mayor said the city’s community would be “greatly needed in the following period”.

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Karácsony noted the coronavirus epidemic and associated economic crisis, as well as “government austerity measures affecting local governments”, as factors to contend with.

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