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MAYOR, MINISTER LAUNCH CAR-FREE WEEKEND IN CAPITAL

 

Central and local government officials launched a car-free weekend in Budapest on Saturday, the culmination of European Mobility Week, a campaign to promote clean and sustainable urban transport.

László Palkovics, the innovation and technology minister, said Hungary had participated in European Mobility Week since 2002, and almost 300 communities around the country had joined the initiative this year.

He said digitalisation, self-driving vehicles and alternative fuel vehicles would shape the future of the automotive industry, one of the engines of economic growth in Hungary. He also noted government efforts to support the conditions necessary for environmentally-friendly transport solutions, among them subsidies for electric vehicles and the procurement of “green buses”.