In this article, we summarized how Budapest was “bled” in 2020
In this video, among many other things, we present dozens of developments that took place in Budapest.
These are developments in Tarlós (video)
This is the list of projects completed and launched by Tarlós (list)
And now let’s look at how the city will develop in 2021
(list at the end of the article)
Domonkos Schneller: 444 "watches a very different cinema"
Paper can handle a lot of things. It is often seen that certain organs present only a thin slice of reality, which they thought was suitable for presentation, or perhaps unilaterally or through distorted optics. 444.hu to write a news portal, in which they write about the "unloading of Budapest" and that "the government wants to distribute 80 percent of the EU subsidies to the capital, especially around the athletic stadium".
444.hu, and of course in the wake of many other news portals, now somehow watches a very different cinema. Could it all be a coincidence? Aligha. It may be hopeless, but I am still trying to make a timid attempt to compare the dissertation on EU funds with the facts. So let’s look at the allegations and see if they stand up to the comparison with reality!
The first statement follows from the title of the article itself: someone or someone consciously (?) Wants to drive down Budapest. This statement is false.
The reality, on the other hand, is that someone or someone has developed this city from 2,200 billion forints in the last 10 years. Of this unimaginably huge amount, the monuments that have been destroyed for decades (Várkert Bazár, Buda Castle, Mihály Pollack's Ludovika Historical Building, Academy of Music, Vigadó, Eiffel Hall, Gül's Tomb, etc.) have been renovated (HUF 375 billion). previously really depleted) districts, the Capital, BKV.
Meanwhile, 1575 public transport vehicles (trams, buses, trolleys, metro trains) were placed on the market. For the first time since the truncation of the '60s and' 70s, Budapest's tram network has also expanded in this period. At the same time, 393 thousand square meters of green space (Normafa, Margaret Island, Orczy Park, Millenáris Wind Gate, 7 family sports and leisure parks, etc.) were renovated or created. During the same period, three university campuses were built (National Civil Service University, Moholy-Nagy University of Arts, University of Physical Education) and another (Pázmány) is being prepared. So Budapest was built, not damn. And the second half of the writing (beware, spoiler!) Will show that this will continue to be the case in the future.
According to the second statement, Hungary will receive a total of HUF 11,000 billion in EU support between 2021 and 2027. This is true.
Of this, if the government did not do everything (see later) to get much more to Budapest than it would get under EU rules, little would get here, which is partly true. It is still false without explanation. Budapest is a developed region in the EU, so it receives very little money from the resources allocated on a territorial basis. This has been the case in the previous period. Comparing the source for Budapest with the country's 11,000 billion source mass (which also includes agricultural money) is considered to be a deliberate deception of the reader.
The next statement, according to which the government gives HUF 5 billion to the capital, is at the same time several times, seriously untrue.
The article tried to calculate 20% of the ERDF resources due to Budapest. Failed. Budapest's (according to EU rules and as a consequence) ERDF money with compulsory domestic co-financing is HUF 60 billion (compared to the region's more than 5,000 billion ERDF source). 20 per cent of these 60 are HUF 12 billion, not 5. Probably only the source without domestic co-financing was calculated, which is 40 per cent of the amount, but this is wrong.
The government spends the remaining 60 billion forints on priority projects, namely park developments, which (hopefully) hardly run counter to the preferences of the Metropolitan Municipality, and concrete projects will only be implemented if the Government and the Capital agrees - that is, in fact, the Capital has a say in all developments in Budapest. What's more, the government has already started the preparation of these park developments for more than one billion forints (Városmajor, Gellért Hill public park), in fact, there are already places where the selection of the designer is already taking place (new public park in Csepel).
The article shows as further evidence of the destruction of Budapest why the Capital has only over 20 percent of this 60 billion forints (again: not 5, but 12 billion forints). It is important to remember: at the time of István Tarlós, this rate was 15 percent instead of 20 percent. That is, the Metropolitan Self-Government can dispose of the resources in a larger proportion than in the time of István Tarlós. From the 2014–2020 VEKOP (where Budapest had ERDF money), local governments received 15 percent of the funds. The government's current offer is more generous - in line with the fact that the government spends 80 percent of the ERDF money allocated to areas outside Budapest (ie Debrecen, Győr, Székesfehérvár, etc.) on a sectoral basis and 20 percent to the local government sector, so Budapest does not receive worse treatment than the countryside. So the statement is again false.
The article states that “mainly” the government would spend EU funds on Budapest in the vicinity of the Athletic Stadium. It’s complete nonsense, got out of the air.
According to a recent study, 80 percent of the people of Ferencváros support the construction of the Athletics Stadium (which will be supported by 80 percent of the people of Ferencváros) in any way, and the construction contract was signed by the builder BMSK last year. So not only does it not spend, but it could not spend EU funds on it.
And why, how does the government plan to develop Budapest from other sources that do not belong to the capital as an individual in the next 7 years?
As Budapest (as we have seen above) is developed and could receive a total of HUF 60 billion in ERDF according to EU rules, the government compensates this much more abundantly than in other periods from other EU sources, the Cohesion Fund and the RRF (the 444 “rescue package”, correctly: Recovery and Resilience Tool). Hungary has not yet published final project lists, but according to the current state, the government will spend HUF 745 billion from the RRF and well over HUF 500 billion from the planned new IKOP for developments in Budapest.
What for? For example, for the complete renewal of the HÉV network carrying 245,000 passengers a day, amounting to many hundreds of billions of HUF! In addition, the Gödöllő and Szentendre lines will also be renewed from EU funds, and the HÉV lines will receive about 71 new, air-conditioned, quietly gliding trains worth hundreds of billions of forints (instead of the 50-year-old, truly “stalled” vehicles). We can also translate it: many hundreds of thousands from Budapest.
From resources that the government could otherwise spend in any other part of the country.
And what else do the Romans give us, besides all this?
For example, many tens of billions of forints are planned for the revitalization of the Ráckeve - (Soroksár-) Danube branch, which was partially destroyed a few weeks ago with used oil. Sewage, habitat restoration, from the Kvassay sluice to the Tassi structure, i.e. at almost 57 kilometers. If successful, this will be the largest continuous biodiversity-oriented environmental investment in Budapest in recent decades.
In addition, keeping in mind the example of the Berlin S-Bahn, the Southern Roundabout project will also be built from many hundreds of billions of forints at the expense of EU funds, creating a fast, frequent, convenient ring connection between the suburbs, Újbuda, Ferencváros and Kőbánya: The replacement of the elements of the Southern Railway Linking Bridge is already underway under this project.
Meanwhile, the government is planning a new bridge to southern Budapest from domestic sources, and has given many hundreds of millions of forints to the Budapest Municipality for the feasibility study of the city's next bridge, the Aquincum Bridge. It is tidying up the also rotting Citadel, finishing the abandoned Biodome instead of the Metropolitan Municipality, extending the tram line on the quay of the Technical University… and could be listed until sunny.
Well, that's how the government will incite Budapest in 2021.
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