At a press conference held in Sopron, PM Viktor Orbán said that the development of provincial towns and cities is key to rural development, which is why the Hungarian government has established the Modern Cities programme; the first cooperation agreement to be concluded within this is with Sopron. Viktor Orbán said that he will visit all 23 county-level municipalities in the coming period and will conclude agreements with council leaders on future cooperation, which will contribute to the development of provincial towns and cities.
The Prime Minister announced that by 2018 three developments will be implemented in Sopron: construction of the M85 four-lane expressway, the restoration of the Baroque town centre and development of the World Heritage site around Lake Fertő. Viktor Orbán explained that construction costs on the M85 expressway will exceed HUF 100 billion but it “must be built” by 2018, as the aim is to link all county-level municipalities to the highway network and to link them to Hungary’s borders. Talking about the development of the World Heritage site around Lake Fertő, the Prime Minister said that the aim is to achieve a situation in which “when crossing from Austria into Hungary, there is no decline in quality.”
Mayor of Sopron Tamás Fodor (Fidesz-KDNP) said that the Government had earlier guaranteed the city a stable economy by taking over its debt, and now the new agreement will guarantee long-term development. Tamás Fodor also said that the M85 expressway will be an engine for development of tourism and the local economy. The restoration of the Baroque city centre is necessary, because Sopron will thus be able to present a full picture of its history. With the help of the Lake Fertő development almost all water sports will be available in the region, which will also improve its tourism potential.
via kormany.hu and MTI photo: Zoltán Máthé – MTI