Hungary's Modern Cities initiative invests more funds

Large development projects like Dunaújváros would be helped “to become a modern industrial city”

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has signed a cooperation agreement with the mayor of Dunaújváros, under the government’s Modern Cities development initiative.

The Prime Minister said that traditional industrial cities were not a “thing of the past”. Dunaújváros has a future, he said. Orbán said that large development projects required government support and Dunaújváros would be helped “to become a modern industrial city”.

Mayor Gábor Cserna said that good cooperation with local residents coupled with government support would guarantee the city’s future development.

Under the agreement, the Hungarian government will contribute a site of 500 hectares to the construction of a logistics hub outside the city.

The local university will be granted funds to finance electro-mobility research and training, while all public transport buses will be replaced by electric ones.

The prime minister also announced a total 4 billion HUF to refurbish roads connecting the city to towns in the area. Another billion HUF will be used to convert a one-time outpatient clinic into a building to house public amenities.

A defunct aqua-park and the adjacent swimming pool will be refurbished with a budget of 3 billion HUF. Meanwhile, 2.1 billion HUF will be spent on the city’s water supply and 3 billion on creating a new, integrated coach and train station. Further developments will include building a new 2.9 billion HUF hotel and a 2 billion HUF sports hall for the local Handball Academy.