Népszava Karácsony Gergely protests against the state “rust committee”


The mayor complains that the government would decide on urban development over the heads of the people of Budapest again, instead of the local government.

No local government actors were invited, we had to find out from the press that they plan to decide what investments should be made in the city again, without the capital’s local government – writes Mayor Gergely Karácsony on the Facebook page of the local government election this weekend. the ‘rust committee’ announced by the Indeed, on a public holiday on Saturday, May 1 this year, the ministry announced in a statement sent to MTI:

“Rust Zone Committee established”

It has also been made public that “a body reviewing the designation of areas of action in the rust zone is awaiting proposals on which degraded properties previously used for industrial or other economic purposes should be included in the government program”. In this connection, the leader of Budapest now reminds the government once again of the “famous sentence” uttered after the 2019 municipal elections:

“Without the consent of the capital, nothing will be built in Budapest.”

According to him, this is forgotten every month, because the members of the said committee will include an official of the Prime Minister’s Office, the Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and the managing director of the Construction Quality Control Nonprofit Ltd. belonging to the Ministry of Innovation and Technology. The aim of the committee’s work is actually the competence of the local government of the capital, ie the rehabilitation of degraded areas and districts.

“The people of Budapest have already expressed their views on this kind of policy, in October 2019, when they gave a mandate to my program. It was clearly stated in this, and in the urban development strategy signed over the weekend: we believe in open urban governance. (…) The future of the city must be decided by the people of Budapest, not by the confidants of the government! We continue to insist that we lead Budapest together with the city residents ”

– says Gergely Karácsony.

He added that they are asking the people of Budapest about their investments, as our decisions will have an impact on their lives. That’s why they started it several questionnaires, including the fate of brownfield sites that now lie fallow inside the city. Back in February, Népszava published a nationwide compilation that “the government’s urban home-building program to encourage housing in rust-stricken areas has stalled”. The affected municipalities, mainly metropolitan municipalities, still lacked consultations. Last summer, when the program was announced, we reported that “the NER has turned a blind eye to the rust zones in the capital”.

Source: Népszava by nepszava.hu.

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