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Budapest, similarly to other large cities, is determined to become increasingly liveable, deputy mayor Gábor Bagdy said at a conference dubbed Budapest and Vienna – Smart Cities for a Sustainable Future. Programmes that involve the opening of public spaces, their improved accessibility, and promoting cycling and walking in cities are important for increased liveability, he said. Budapest and Vienna show many similarities and Vienna also serves as an excellent example for “a path we would like to follow”, he added. He said Budapest Mayor István Tarlós agreed with his Viennese counterpart last year to further strengthen bilateral relations.

Marcus Schobert, a representative of Vienna’s provincial parliament and the Vienna general assembly, said that if Vienna was the world’s most liveable city then a common vision for the future must be to form the most liveable region in the world.