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Budapest mayor concerned about plans to extend ministry’s control over municipal projects

A recent proposal by the construction and transport ministry to extend its powers over development projects financed "largely from municipal or state coffers ... poses serious problems", Budapest Mayor Gergely Karacsony said on Monday.

Speaking after a board meeting of the association of Hungarian municipalities (MOSZ), of which he is co-chair, Karacsony said the ministry’s proposal posed “a very serious risk … to be avoided by all means”. Under the proposed legislation, the ministry would manage the public procurement project even if a municipal company were the owner of the project, he said for example, and insisted that “the centralised system” did not work for such projects.

Karacsony said representatives of MOSZ would want to meet a European Parliamentary delegation set to visit Hungary in May, and discuss their concerns about the proposed delegation.

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