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Feb 25, 2020

Liget project commissioner asks Budapest mayor to lift construction ban

László Baán has asked Mayor Karácsony to withdraw the proposal and provide an opportunity for “proper talks” on the Liget project.

László Baán, the commissioner in charge of the Liget project, has asked Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony to withdraw a proposed ban on the construction of buildings in the area that have not yet received a permit.

In an open letter addressed to the mayor, Baán said that as the law stands, the ban would end up curtailing green developments such as the refurbishment and expansion of park areas. Baán wrote that not a single tree or bush would be planted and not a single square meter of green space could be refurbished under the ban.

According to MTI, the commissioner criticized the metropolitan council leadership for failing to discuss the impact of the proposal with the asset manager designated in the law on City Park or with Városliget, the state-owned company in charge of the project.

Baán said it was “rather absurd” that “after declaring absolute priority for green developments” the Budapest leadership, “right in the middle of a climate emergency”, had submitted a proposal that would result in a ban on mainly green developments.

Baán asked Karácsony to withdraw the proposal and provide an opportunity for “proper talks” on the Liget project.

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