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Minister of Innovation and Technology László Palkovics and his Austrian counterpart Norbert Hofer have initialled an agreement on joint infrastructure development programmes. The letter of intent includes a statement on improving rail services between Budapest and Vienna, Palkovics told MTI after the talks in Vienna. The duration of the journey between the two capital cities can be reduced by 15 minutes by improving technical conditions and employing engine drivers who hold licences for both countries, thereby eliminating the need for an extended stop at the border, he said. Also on the agenda was the prospect of jointly setting up a supercomputing centre.
Hungary has also held talks on a similar project with Germany’s State of Baden-Württemberg, the minister noted.
The EU’s Mobility Package 1 proposal was also discussed. Palkovics said the package harmed the interests of Hungarian freight forwarders, and he had asked Hofer to assist in proposing changes to the effect that Hungarian freight companies are not affected by the regulation’s provisions restricting competition.