Foreign minister calls for building new bridges, roads between Hungary, Slovakia
Bratislava (Pozsony) – In the face of an ever fiercer global competition, building new roads and bridges and establishing further border-crossing points between Slovakia and Hungary lie in both countries’ interests, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó said in Bratislava (Pozsony) prior to meeting his Slovak counterpart Miroslav Lajcak on Friday.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Globsec security forum, Szijjártó said that the construction of the new Danube bridge between Komárom in Hungary and Komarno (Révkomárom) would start in September this year. The new facility is estimated to cost 91 million euros, he said.
An EU tender to fund the construction of a bridge on Ipoly has been submitted, with another four further bridges planned on that border river. Plans are afoot for a new ferry as well, and the frequency of border crossings should be boosted to reach European average, he said.
Hungary has initiated connecting Győr in northwest Hungary and Dunajska Streda (Dunaszerdahely) in Slovakia with a high-speed highway, including a new Danube bridge at Vámosszabadi, Szijjártó said, adding that he would ask Lajcak that the Slovak government should support the project.