Furjes: Budapest’s developments require government-local cooperation
In a statement, Furjes welcomed Karacsony’s coming round to agreeing with the government on several issues, choosing “cooperation instead of warfare”. The government, he added, was open to dialogue.
The mayor, he noted, had accepted the government’s proposal to hold the next meeting of the Metropolitan Public Development Council on March 18 and to discuss the use of EU funds in Budapest.
Implicit in Karacsony’s willingness to discuss development plans was his acknowledgement that Budapest’s budget was solid, he said.
He added that the mayor had abandoned his previous position and no longer insisted on “tax hikes, austerity or indebtedness”.
Furjes said the government had succeeded in preventing this stance and had thereby protected Budapest’s employees and businesses from “the town hall’s bad economic policies”.
It was welcome, he added, that Karacsony now agreed that investments and developments were needed in Budapest to protect jobs, businesses and families.
The state secretary highlighted three key areas of development: housing, transport and greening.
Furjes said that 3,000 billion forints (EUR 8.3bn) of European Union development funding would be spent on Budapest developments, focusing on transport, renewing the capital’s vehicle fleet and increasing the quality of green areas.