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Karacsony: EU funds to be used to revamp landmark Budapest square

The Budapest city administration plans to use 2-2.5 billion forints-worth of European Union funds to revamp a landmark square at the Buda bridgehead of Chain Bridge, the capital's mayor said on Thursday.

The reconstruction plans for Clark Adam Square in the 1st district are ready, Gergely Karacsony told a press conference.

While preserving the “iconic flower bed” on the roundabout, the plan is create far more extensive pedestrian and green areas, he said.

Asked about the case of a children’s home in Bicske which has been embroiled in a child-abuse scandal, Karacsony said he had ordered an internal investigation regarding the role of the previous Fidesz city administration in connection with the home which operated in the capital until 2013. He said the Budapest municipality had received “a very serious” report in 2011 about events which were “covered up” by the city’s administration at the time.

Karacony accused the metropolitan leadership of having failed to investigate reports concerning child-abuse allegations at the time, adding that this had been a “serious omission”. He also accused the administration of having “misled” the city’s assembly representatives, insisting that its leaders had known about “very serious doubts” regarding the head of the orphanage.

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