The opposition Párbeszéd party is turning to the European Commission over a planned battery plant in Debrecen, in eastern Hungary, saying that its projected water use would run afoul of the European Union’s Water Framework Directive, party co-leader Rebeka Szabó told a press conference on Wednesday.
Péter Szijjártó, the minister of foreign affairs and trade, said on Tuesday that Eve Power of China, the ninth largest manufacturer of electric car batteries, is investing HU 400 billion (EUR 1.1 billion) to build its first European plant in Debrecen, Szabó noted.
The plant will use an “inordinate amount of water”, which would be “especially problematic in Debrecen”, she said. The city already sinks several millimeters each year due to the use of groundwater, she added.
The Hungarian government is going against the E.U. by going WITH of its own country’s citizens’ interest. Far from excoriating our government for it, the “opposition” should be doing the same instead of genuflecting to unelected, corrupt globalist-socialist bureaucrats in Brussels.
Siding with @MichaelSteiner – minus the EU rant (hope you don’t mind, Michael!).
This battery plant WILL be built, so it may as well be in Hungary. And it’s a serious anchor for our automotive industry, which is and will be for decades to come pivotal for our economy.
The people who live in the Debrecen area are overwhelmingly opposed to the battery plant but their interests and directly affected lives are completely ignored by the Orban government. Whenever you have a large project like this you have to have the support of the local population. Where are the environmental studies of the effect of this plant on the area.? It’s great to have new industry anywhere but sweeping quite alarming problems with water use under the rug is inviting disaster.
The opposition attended Benedict Arnold School on patriotism and loyalty to one’s country.