The Hungarian Postal Services (HPS) shut down a large number of post offices in Hungary this autumn. They said the measure was a must because of the soaring energy prices and the economic difficulties. However, they decided recently to reopen some of the closed post offices in Budapest and several other municipalities. Below you may read why.
In the opposition-led 2nd district of Budapest, one of the capital’s wealthiest quartiers, only two post offices remained after the state-owned company closed six in autumn. Two will reopen in January because the local government decided to grant the building of one office to the Hungarian Postal Services for free. Furthermore, they will pay extra money to the HPS to reopen another office. Moreover, they will establish so-called “postal points” in the 2nd district. As a result, the district will have four post offices instead of eight.
In Kaposvár, a southwestern city governed by a Fidesz-close mayor, two postal offices will reopen in January. The local government will pay HUF 32 million (EUR 80,000). As a result, residents of some city districts will not have to walk kilometres to reach a post office, telex.hu wrote.
In Pécs, the situation is similar. The municipality will pay HUF 81 million (EUR 201,000) for the HPS to reopen three offices. The company closed 10 out of the 18 offices earlier.
In Csepel, the 21st district of Budapest, one postal office will reopen, but the local government must pay millions of HUF for that.
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