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Budapest to Receive Aid Directly from European Commission

It’s an enormous success as well as an opportunity that the European Commission is providing prioritized aid to Budapest to help it achieve its 2030 climate goals.

-wrote Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony on Facebook.

The Mayor wrote that Budapest was among 100 European cities chosen by the Commission for its “Smart Cities” program, along with the Hungarian cities of Miskolc and Pécs.

The cities chosen in the program will be made into “experimental and innovation centers,” creating “good models and practices that all European cities can adopt, so that every city in the EU becomes climate-neutral by 2050 at the latest.”

The European Commission is spending a total of €360 million (US $380 million) for the program, but it wasn’t clear from the mayor’s post how much of this amount the Hungarian capital will receive. [444]

LMP: give Mátra Power Plant workers renewable energy jobs

picture of Mátra Power Plant

LMP believes that the government should provide work in the renewable energy sector for employees of the Mátra Power Plant, Máté Kanász-Nagy said at a press conference streamed on Facebook Sunday.

Ruling party Fidesz had announced on Saturday that the power plant had to be kept operational to protect the jobs there, but LMP disputes this, according to the co-chair of the green party.

Hungary needs to start eliminating the use of fossil fuel energy, he said, as power plants based on coal, natural gas, and oil unnecessarily pollute the environment.

If we want to protect ourselves from the negative effects of climate change, we clearly have to move Hungary’s energy sources into renewable energy sources

– said Máté Kanász-Nagy.

Péter Ungár, an LMP Member of Parliament, said that the Mátra Power Plant emits 4.5 million tons of carbon dioxide a year, so until it shuts down Hungary is doing virtually nothing against climate change.

Ungár also stressed that the government should provide jobs in the renewable energy sector for Mátra workers, who would get more secure and better-paying jobs.

[Magyar Hang]

Karácsony will take part in UN Climate Conference in Glasgow

picture of Gergely Karácsony

Magyar Hang has learned that Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony plans to attend the UN climate summit currently taking place in Glasgow, Scotland. The mayor will spend two days at the closing of the conference on Friday.

The 26th UN Climate Change Conference began on October 31, with some 200 countries attending. Hungarian President János Áder represented Hungary with a speech last Monday urging action on climate change and touting the country’s efforts in this area.

[Magyar Hang]