PHOTOS: Hungary burns EU funds with tree-less canopy walkway, 1.5-metre-high lookout tower
If there are investments that are absolutely unnecessary and even scandalous, then these two in Hungary definitely are. The public could hear about the first one in March: the forest around a canopy walkway in Nyírmártonfalva has been completely demolished. All the trees had been cut out. Around a canopy walkway. And now, a lookout tower emerged on Hungary’s Great Plain (Alföld). How high can a lookout tower on a completely flat place be? It is actually 150 cm.
Canopy walkway without trees
The forest around a canopy walkway in Nyírmártonfalva has been completely cut down. The project was was realised with HUF 60 million EU funding, Átlátszó reported back in March.
The 50-metre-long promenade was designed to be at tree canopy level. However, instead of trees, there are now only pavilions, a playground and two half-finished toilets next to the lookout. According to Google Earth satellite imagery, the trees were still there in February 2022 and were harvested last summer. It was even indicated in the statement of the project in the Public Procurement Notice.
Átlátszó writes that Mihály Filemon, the Fidesz mayor of the village, won the money for the project as a private person. The walkway was placed on his land.
1.5-metre-high lookout tower
After the canopy walkway without trees, a quite small “lookout tower” emerged on the Great Plain. Now, a photo of a very low lookout point on a completely flat area has started to circulate on social media, Index reports. The 1.5-metre-high lookout tower was built by the Kiskunság National Park Directorate (Kiskunsági Nemzeti Park Igazgatósága, KNPI) on the outskirts of Kunszentmiklós. What is more, they did not only build on – they built five more! Two of them are 1.5 to 2 metres high, while the other three have a floor level of 4 metres.
According to kecsup.hu, the construction of the lookouts was part of a so-called LIFE project. 75 percent of the project was EU-funded, while 25 percent was Hungarian-funded. The portal did not receive an answer to the question of how much the lookout points cost.
When contacted by the portal, the national park explained that these thematic observation points are part of an unusual trail, which is still being completed. The trail is not accessible on foot, but by car or bicycle, due to the greater distances and the variety of attractions, Index writes.
No, no no! Dear people, we have this all wrong!
That forest canopy walkway was meant to be exported to Brazil to go in the Amazon, except Bolsonaro lost the elections, and Lula found out that it’s only 1.5 m high, so it’s stuck in limbo. 🙂 😀
Okay, this is indeed silly, but can we set the record straight on the matter of “E.U. funds”? Much of this money is Hungarian taxpayers’ money anyway, not the E.U.’s. The E.U. has no money of its own. “Its” funds are the $$$ E.U. members pay in from their taxpayers. Hungarians get about 400 euros per citizen more than they put in, which is not terrible but let’s not pretend that the E.U. oh-so graciously lavishes us with free money. This kind of projects are obscene in their own right, because they’re wasting taxpayers’ money, not Europe’s. Then again, there have been far worse abuses of our money, not least of all hundreds of miles of bicycle tracks that are used by no-one, in order to propitiate the “green” wackos.
Michael Steiner, exactly!
I hope everyone understand why the EU fund are frozen. CORRUPTION AT IT’S BEST!
A lookout tower looking out over nothing but playgrounds and arenas for his inner circle. Welcome to Orban’s Hungary!!! Pfffff.