Developments in Budapest can proceed if the national government and city administration find a way to cooperate, Balázs Fürjes, the state secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office in charge of developments in Budapest and its agglomeration, said on Saturday, commenting on Mayor Gergely Karácsony’s urban development plans.
In a statement, Fürjes welcomed Karácsony’s coming round to agreeing with the government on several issues, choosing “cooperation instead of warfare”. The government, he added, was open to having a dialogue.
The mayor, he noted, had accepted the government’s proposal to hold the next meeting of the Metropolitan Public Development Council on March 18 and to discuss the use of EU funds in Budapest.
Implicit in Karácsony’s willingness to discuss development plans was his acknowledgement that Budapest’s budget was solid, he said.
He added that the mayor had abandoned his previous position and no longer insisted on “tax hikes, austerity, or indebtedness”.
Fürjes said the government had succeeded in preventing this stance and had thereby protected Budapest’s employees and businesses from “the town hall’s bad economic policies”.
It was welcome, he added, that Karácsony now agreed that investments and developments were needed in Budapest to protect jobs, businesses, and families.
The state secretary highlighted three key areas of development: housing, transport, and greening.
Fürjes said that 3,000 billion forints (EUR 8.3 billion) of European Union development funding would be spent on Budapest developments,
focusing on transport, renewing the capital’s vehicle fleet, and increasing the quality of green areas.