The Transport Ministers of the Visegrád Countries and Austria, Vice President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič and EU Commissioner for Transport and Mobility Violeta Bulc attended the Bratislava Meeting on 26 March, 2015. The discussion held on board a train to Zilina focused on the work plans for the transport corridors affecting V4 countries, the efficient utilisation of CEF funds and the investment stimulation programme of the Juncker-package.
The key to European competitiveness is that the EU-level alliance be further consolidated by bilateral relations between nations, too, Minister of National Development Miklós Seszták said at a business forum held for Italian and Hungarian construction companies in Budapest.
The only way for Hungary to stay on the sustainable growth path attained by serious efforts is by establishing itself in the digital age. Within the framework of the programme Digital Hungary, the Government is therefore to implement, with market players and institutions involved, info-communication development on an unexampled scale, covering the whole country – Minister of National Development Miklós Seszták announced at one of the first stations of the initiative in Nyíregyháza on 19 March, 2015.
In the first round, Hungary is to apply for Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funds with 17 transport development investments. The investments with total costs of HUF 150 bn, submitted in early March 2015, include the construction of the Danube bridge in Komárom, the modernisation of the railway line between Kelenföld and Százhalombatta, the development of water transport security and the establishment of the first liquidised natural gas (LNG) fuelling stations in Hungary.
Hungary has made the necessary steps for the construction of the infrastructures ensuring bi-directional natural gas transport in the region. In addition, the country has not only attained but even surpassed the target set by the European Union according to which the electricity cross-border transmission capacity must reach at least 10% of the total built in electricity production in every EU state by 2020, Minister of State for Energy Affairs András Aradszki said at the session of the Energy Council in Brussels on 5 March, 2015.
In mid February, the European Commission approved both Hungarian Operational Programmes worked out under the supervision of the Ministry of National Development. Within the Integrated Transport Development Operational Programme (ITOP) and the Environment and Energy Efficiency Operational Programme (EEEOP), funding in total of more than HUF 2,000 bn can be applied for in 2014-2020.
By signing today’s agreement we consolidate a most valuable alliance, raising it to a new level, since scientific and technological development based on space activity may become one of the most important engines of value creation in Hungary, too, in the coming decades, Minister of State for Info-communication and Consumer Protection Ákos Kara said in Budapest on 24 February, 2015, on the occasion that Hungary joined the European Space Agency as a full-fledged member.
While reinforcing the theoretical foundation of the system, the government decided to make several changes in relation with the road toll system. According to the announcement made by János Fónagy, county vignettes will be valid up to the first exit ramp after a county border instead of the last one before the border as of 1 February, 2015, and there will be several new toll-free sections as well.
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have a lion’s share from establishing a work-based society, Minister of National Development Miklós Seszták said at the inauguration ceremony of the new packaging plant of Adu Alba Kft., a Hungarian-owned enterprise with annual revenues exceeding HUF 500m, in Székesfehérvár on Tuesday.
The retreat from nuclear energy in Europe reduces both competitiveness and energy security, chief economist of IEA Fatih Birol said at a press conference held at the Ministry of National Development on 15 January, 2015.