Bratislava, October 30 (MTI) – Hungary will build two motorways to the Slovak border by 2020, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said in Bratislava on Thursday after talks with Slovak Deputy Prime Minister Lubomir Vazny.

The projects will be part of the Miskolc-Kosice (Kassa) and Rajka-Bratislava motorways, he said.

Szijjarto and Vazny agreed to give a boost to the two countries’ most ambitious joint development programme of all times, including plans to open 25 new border crossings, in addition to the existing 25 ones.

Hungary shares the longest border section (679 kms) out of its six other neighbours.

Szijjarto said a considerable part of financing will result from the European Union’s crossborder operative programme. By the year 2020, Hungary will extend to the border with Slovakia its motorways in the north with the aim to link Miskolc with Kosice and Rajka with Bratislava by motorway.

Among the other large projects, he cited a freight ferry service between Esztergom and Sturovo (Parkany) and a Danube bridge to link Komarom and Komarno.

The two politicians met before a foreign ministerial meeting of the Visegrad Four and Western Balkans countries.

Also on Thursday, Szijjarto opened a new business centre to operate under the auspices of the Hungarian embassy in Bratislava. He said small and medium-sized companies can become successful most easily in nearby markets, which is why Slovakia has special importance for them.

Photo: MTI – Csaba Krizsan


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