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Leaders of Budapest have done very little on matters of concern to local residents, Gergely Karácsony, mayor of the 14th district and a candidate supported by the opposition Democratic Coalition and Momentum parties, said. The renovation of prefab housing has stalled in the past nine years, he said. Instead of spending European Union money earmarked for the scheme, the Fidesz government has used the fund to renovate its own properties, Karácsony said, noting a related infringement procedure launched by Brussels against Hungary over a breach of energy efficiency rules.
Karácsony addressed the issue of a site where he said municipal companies had illegally deposited hazardous waste with legal impunity. Substances that pose health risks to local residents have already entered ground waters, he insisted.
Addressing the issue of a recent rat infestation in Budapest, Karácsony said he suspected the municipality had contracted an incompetent pest-control company “for political reasons”. He called for the original firm which had done its job effectively to have its contract renewed.