The city of Békéscsaba, in southeastern Hungary, will receive over 30 billion forints (EUR 48 million) in development funding as part of an agreement Prime Minister Viktor Orbán signed with the city’s independent mayor Péter Szarvas in the seat of Békés county on Tuesday.
The agreement was signed at Békéscsaba Town Hall between PM Viktor Orbán (L) and mayor Péter Szarvas (photo: MTI)
In the framework of its Modern Cities programme, the government sees Békéscsaba as a city “full of untapped potential” rather than one that needs help, Mr. Orbán told a press conference at the City Hall. He added that he had “brought work to the city”, which can be taken advantage of with help from the government. Disclosing details of planned developments, Orbán said the M44 dual carriageway will definitely be built “before the next local elections” and an agreement was concluded on building a cooler facility with a budget of 12 billion forints. A training centre for printers will be established in the city and Hungary’s biggest market space will be built with a budget of 5 billion forints, the Prime Minister said.
Mr. Orbán recalled that the government assumed responsibility for HUF 9.5 billion in dept from the city after 2010 and a total of HUF 65 billion in development funding arrived to the city between 2010 and 2013. In addition to improving the city’s accessibility, it is important to make Békés county “the pantry of the country” again and both agriculture and the food industry need development in order to achieve this.
The city had a population of some 60 000 people in January 2015.