Milan, April 3 (MTI) – Government Commissioner Geza Szocs on Thursday laid the cornerstone of the Hungarian pavilion at the site of the 2015 World Expo in Milan.

The Hungarian pavilion will cover 1,910sqm, the commissioner’s office told MTI.

Hungary, next to Italy, will be the only country to rebuild its pavilion once the Milan expo has come to an end. It plans to set up an R+D and education centre in the rebuilt pavilion in Szombathely, in the west of the country. Fully 2.5 billion forints (EUR 8.1m) will be spent on building, dismantling and transferring the pavilion.

The 2015 expo addressing sustainable development under the slogan “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” will be held between May 1 and Oct. 31. Hungary will present the three main topics: water, protection against GMOs and environmentally focused youth education.

In this spirit, Szocs planted a Pomme Batul apple tree at the Milan site. The tree was chosen as Hungary’s symbol since this variety goes back to the country’s foundation over a thousand years ago.

Photo: www.architectmagazine.com

Source: http://mtva.hu/hu/hungary-matters

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