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Navracsics: Government to conclude pact on EU funds in 2nd half of 2022

The government will conclude a partnership agreement with the European Union in the second half of 2022 which will enable Hungary to access EU funds, the minister for regional development and the uptake of EU funds said on Tuesday.

Hungary will then have access to 10,000 billion forints (EUR 24bn) for its operative programmes and an additional 4,000 billion in rural agriculture development, Tibor Navracsics told a press conference in Budapest, after a meeting of the Association of Cities with County Rights (MJVSZ).

“The aim is to avoid that developments planned by local governments should suffer further delays,” Navracsics said, calling county seats “regional economic hubs” which play an important role in ensuring jobs and public services. He noted that parliament had adopted in 2014 the National Development and Territorial Development Concept which defines the country’s development policy goals until 2030.

Karoly Szita, the president of MJVSZ, told the same press conference that county seats produce one-third of Hungary’s GDP.

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