‘Modern cities’ programme: Orbán holds talks with mayor on Salgótarján’s development plan
Salgótarján, March 21 (MTI) – Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Salgótarján Mayor Zsolt Fekete of the opposition Socialists held talks on a comprehensive plan to develop the northern Hungarian city Salgotarjan into a regional economic, cultural and sports centre.
Addressing a press conference, Orbán stressed the government’s commitment to enabling the city, a traditional industrial centre, to prosper in the 21st century, too.
The plans envisage a variety of projects, including a four-lane bypass road to the Slovak border, a new oncological centre, a comprehensive renovation of the city centre and various sports facilities such as a new public pool, an athletic centre and an ice rink, Orbán said.
The prime minister was asked about a recent interview published by news portal Index, in which a former secret services officer suggested a strong Russian influence in Hungary, and said that the advisors to Hungarian politicians should be screened. In his answer, Orbán said it was “no surprise” that “others may want to exert influence on Hungary” due to the country’s strategic geographical location, but insisted that the national security system is working well.
“No one can get anywhere near vital decisions without a national security screening,” the prime minister said.