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19th July, 2018

Cabinet to modernise villages next year



The government will spend Ft 135 billion next year on modernising villages in hopes of encouraging residents not to leave, parliamentary state secretary Balázs Orbán told a Budapest press conference on Wednesday.

Noting that more than a quarter of the population lives in villages, he said the main purpose of “the biggest development programme in the provinces” is to attain a better quality of life and a more predictable future.

The cabinet aims to increase the rate of employment in villages and improve transport, as well as education, health care, cultural and sports life.

The Ft 135 billion will be drawn from the Ft 3.5 trillion budget of the Modern Cities Programme.

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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