Budapest mayor wants proportionate distribution of funds
Karacsony: Use of EU aid should be decided by referendum
He said the referendum results would show that “the people’s voice is the strongest”.
Karacsony, who co-leads the opposition Parbeszed party, said localities were “in trouble” and needed EU recovery money. “No one knows better than local mayors what to spend European funds on,” he added.
The “local referendum movement”, he said, presented a “historic chance” to build a “new Hungary”. He called for a fairer, more democratic and greener Hungary.
Hungary, Karacsony noted, is set to receive 2,500 billion forints (EUR 6.85bn) in additional EU funding.
He said the capital’s administration wanted to turn EU funding towards investments in geothermal energy for district heating as well as an energy efficiency programme and new, greener public transport vehicles.
Karacsony also noted that the mayors of 36 European cities, including the Visegrad countries, have formed an alliance with a view to persuading European decision-makers to allow localities to apply for more EU funding directly.