Gabor Kovacs

The government sells the Cancer District area to an Arab investor. As much as possible, it will not be necessary to conduct public procurement procedures, and the project will receive an outstanding classification from the point of view of the national economy, which will exempt it from various rules. The investor will be able to sell the developments with a 5 percent VAT.

Ahead of the Easter long weekend, the government introduced to Parliament the bill, known as Mini Dubai, which also sets out a framework for cancer manager investment. The proposer (“Economic Cooperation Agreement between the Government of Hungary and the Government of the United Arab Emirates”) is Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó, but the Minister of Construction, i.e. János Lazar, will be responsible for the project.

The draft shows that

The Cancer District area will be sold by the government to the investor

That is, the project will not be implemented on public land, but rather ownership will be entirely in the hands of the private sector. By the way, the state is sure to generate significant income from the sale. Which would probably be good for the budget.

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It is a very important commitment that during the implementation of the project there will be no need to conduct public procurement, and building regulations and other official regulations will only be applied to a very limited extent, as the government classifies the project as an investment of great importance from the point of view of the national economy.

“To the extent and under the conditions permitted by the relevant Hungarian legislation, in the absence of any of the Party’s contracts, programs and agreements relating to the Project,

But in particular in Hungary, it is not subject to public procurement, tenders, competitive bidding or any other procedure specified in the national legislation of Hungary or the United Arab Emirates at the time of ratification of the Convention.

The draft says.

The government is also promising that if possible, future developments could be sold at a reduced 5 percent VAT.

Davide Vitese also criticized the draft after it was submitted. Points formulated by the mayoral candidate:

  • The government grants an area of ​​half the neighborhood, amounting to 130 hectares, to an Arab investor without competition, without asking anything, expecting anything, or recording anything about what will be built there. However, Budapest does not need another luxury shopping center and luxury residential areas, but rather a new affordable residential area, a new public park of urban importance,
  • It highlights the investment from the point of view of the national economy under all current building regulations, so that the municipalities of the region and the capital have no influence on the height of buildings, nor on the size and function of the blocks.
  • There are no guarantees for the necessary transport investments: the contract does not include the passage of tram 3 over the new Szegedi út Bridge (the document only talks about road bridges), it does not provide for the necessary renovation and replacement of the Kisföldallatti vehicle (span only) and the Nyugati railway station is not included – the comprehensive development of the railway line The very busy Rákospalota-Újpest railway that passes here and the construction of the new station, this is just “railway development”. Moreover, what is in it will not be paid by Arab investors, but rather by the government, but this is unacceptable and is not enough.
  • Will the airport railway line be moved to Rakosrendizo instead of the city center and Nyugati – are the interests of Arab investors more important than the interests of tourists who are clearly looking for the city center and all of Budapest? This doesn't make any sense in the world from a transportation and urban development policy standpoint.
  • All previous plans for the urban development of the Rákosrendező rust area, including the one we made at BFK, relied on the creation of a new public park of urban importance, with an area of ​​at least 25 hectares, serving Zugló, Rákospalota and Angyalföld next to the railway. History Park. There is no trace of this in the documents, and this will also be an area that can be built upon according to the contract. They just want to create a green zone by covering railway tracks – this does not make sense, covering a main railway line that also complicates freight movement is very expensive and would not be a complete green zone.
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