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KARÁCSONY STARTS ASSESSMENT OF FIRST YEAR AS MAYOR

 

Gergely Karácsony, the mayor of Budapest, started to evaluate his work over the past 12 months as a city leader. In the first of a series of video messages, Karácsony assessed the city’s work under his leadership since his election in October last year. Outlining activities and measures covering the city’s social sector, Karácsony said the city had provided subsidies to support elderly care homes and homeless care, increased capacity in homeless shelters, and distributed half a million portions of meals to Budapest social care homes during the first wave of the coronavirus epidemic. In a further coronavirus-related measure, the city concluded agreements to support small and medium-sized enterprises hit hard by the epidemic and people who lost their jobs, he added. A free travel pass was introduced for job seekers in Budapest’s public transport and a wage subsidy was granted to more than 20,000 employees on low wages at Budapest public service companies, the mayor said.