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25th June, 2018

Dialogue demands metro cars inquiry

The Dialogue party is demanding that Budapest city council form a committee to examine whether the city’s metro trains were renovated in Russia or whether the city simply was sold older trains owned by Russia.

The Metro Association recently published a photograph of a Budapest metro train which had supposedly been renovated but was instead parked somewhere in Moscow.

If the carriages now running on the M3 line were purchased rather than renovated, then EU customs rules may have been violated, council member Márta V. Naszályi said on Sunday.

During the metro tender the government pressured Budapest to accept the Russian bid to renovate the trains instead of buying new trains from other sources, Napi writes.

This might have been part of the Russian-Hungarian deal on assigning the task of expanding the state nuclear power plant Paks to Russia, Naszályi added.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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