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Modern Cities Programme: PM And Mayor Of Székesfehérvár Sign Cooperation Agreement

Tamás Székely 2015.05.26.

Mayor András Cser-Palkovics and Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán have signed a cooperation agreement on developments planned in the city of Székesfehérvár in central Hungary. Plans include upgrading the city centre, fitting out a new concert hall, a sports and events complex as well as a housing construction scheme. The funds for the Modern Cities Programme come from two sources: from the Hungarian budget for next year; and the other from EU funds allocated for the development of cities, the Prime Minister told media at a joint press conference held in the city hall.

Viktor Orbán said that an upgrade of the Szent György hospital of Fejér county was nearing completion. The airport in nearby Börgönd, which was bought earlier with government support, will be upgraded to serve sports and business interests, and other projects include kitting out a disused building as an education centre for secondary school arts and sports students, he added. The city centre will be linked up with Zichy liget, a leafy park, with some of the traffic taken under ground. The famous Fekete Sas Hotel, which has been vacant for years, will be converted into a concert hall, the design costs financed from central coffers, Viktor Orbán noted. Székesfehérvár has virtually full employment, he said, noting that for some types of job there is a labour shortage. Ensuring decent housing will attract skilled workers to the city, the Prime Minister added.

Mayor András Cser-Palkovics (Fidesz) highlighted that in the course of its long history, the city has never received as much support from the state as in recent years. He added that, apart from development funds, the government’s debt consolidation appears in the form of HUF 18 billion in support; without this the city would have had to pay billions of forints to the banks. Under the arrangements of the Modern Cities scheme, the Hungarian government is signing similar deals with all 23 cities of county rank. Besides Székesfehérvár, PM Viktor Orbán has signed similar agreements in Sopron, Eger, Zalaegerszeg, Miskolc, Pécs and Debrecen so far.

via hungarymatters.hu, MTI, kormany.hu photo: Tibor Illyés – MTI