Govt Meets New Budapest Mayor: Partnership to Develop Budapest Common Cause
MTI-Hungary Today 2019.11.06.
The government sees the new Budapest leadership as “partners”, Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, said after Wednesday’s cabinet meeting.
Gergely Karácsony, the new mayor of Budapest who also attended the meeting at Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s invitation, told a joint press conference that it would be “much easier” to reach a consensus with the central government on “professional matters” than on “major political issues”.
Gulyás said that the “channels” used with Fidesz-backed former mayor István Tarlós will remain open, referring to the Budapest Public Development Council.
Karácsony said a common cause was to make sure Budapest thrived in the years to come.
He said a meeting of the Budapest Public Development Council — composed of leaders and representatives of the central government and the municipal council — has been proposed for the next few weeks to assess Budapest’s major projects.
New Budapest mayor Gergely Karácsony and PMO Head Gergely Gulyás. Photo by Zoltán Balogh/MTI
The new mayor said he wanted the relationship between the capital and the central government to be “institutional” and “full of content”.
Karácsony said health care, green spaces and public transport were his top priorities.