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LIGET PROJECT COMMISSIONER CRITICISES CITY PARK CONSTRUCTION BAN

 

The Budapest City Council’s construction ban in the City Park ignores the climate emergency it earlier declared as ongoing developments are tied to enhancing green areas, László Baán, the commissioner in charge of the project to transform the capital’s City Park (Liget) into a cultural venue, said. Baán was talking to MTI in response to the construction ban approved by the municipality on Wednesday, calling for a withdrawal of the ban and immediate consultations on the matter. The commissioner criticised the metropolitan council leadership for failing to discuss the impact of the proposal with the asset manager designated in the law on the City Park or with Városliget, the state-owned company in charge of the project. The decision means that ongoing developments affecting green areas will be stopped after the construction ban takes effect, which would otherwise be completed by the summer or autumn, benefiting residents of the capital, Baán said, adding that he considered the decision incomprehensible in light of the climate emergency declared by the City Council, based on a proposal by a mayor who had declared green developments a top priority.