The government’s “pushing” to continue the Budapest-Belgrade railway project amid the coronavirus epidemic is a “serious crime”, opposition LMP group leader László Lóránt Keresztes told an online press conference. Keresztes said that return on the “extremely high” cost of investment was doubtful and suggested that the funds should be used to reviving the economy once the epidemic is over. Keresztes criticised the government for its plans to classify documents concerning the project, and said that neither the total cost, an estimated 1,000 billion forints, nor the railway line’s future profitability were supported by calculations.
In another development, Keresztes welcomed the government’s postponement of the planned upgrade of the Paks nuclear plant, suggesting that it was equal to the government “admitting that the project is not necessary”. “This could mean that the upgrade plans could eventually be dropped altogether,” he said.