Budapest, August 28 (MTI) – If elected mayor of Budapest, Antal Csardi, the green opposition LMP’s candidate for the post, will strive to make municipal spending more transparent, and save up to 10 billion forints through reorganising city operations.
In an interview to MTI, Csardi said that public transport was one of the first areas to be reconsidered, and said that the savings could be spent on such programmes as community-owned housing.
Csardi, an entrepreneur who has worked as a local lawmaker in Ferencvaros, Budapest, insisted that “the unacceptable practice of the city management’s not communicating with residents” must be abandoned. “There is no business secret when we talk about taxpayers’ forints,” he said.
On the subject of public utilities, Csardi said that providers should operate on a not-for-profit basis, and that the city should purchase those companies.
As a long-term objective, Csardi said he would work to reduce vehicular traffic in Budapest through creating free P+R parking to those leaving their cars on the outskirts of the city.
Answering a question whether he could cooperate with the government, Csardi said that “Hungary cannot be successful without the success of Budapest”, and voiced his conviction that cooperation could be negotiated by way of reasonable arguments.
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