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Péter Szijjártó, the foreign affairs and trade minister, on Tuesday inspected the construction site of the future BMW plant in Debrecen, in eastern Hungary. Speaking to the local Debrecen TV, the minister said that anyone visiting the construction site could see with their own eyes that preparatory work on the project was proceeding at a rapid pace. He said construction of the factory was moving ahead according to the original schedule. All public procurement procedures relating to the planning of the factory’s infrastructure and utility systems have been wrapped up, he said, adding that the procedure for obtaining the relevant permits was now under way. Commenting on press reports that BMW had suspended the construction of its Debrecen plant, Szijjártó warned against “buying into rumours”. “One must always see for themselves what the real situation is,” he added. BMW last summer announced plans to build a 1 billion euro plant in Debrecen. The plant will employ more than 1,000 people to turn out 150,000 cars a year.