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LMP: LOCALS KEPT IN DARK ABOUT 'PLANNED' KECSKEMÉT BATTERY PLANT

 

Residents of Kecskemét, in central Hungary, have been kept in the dark about “plans” to build a battery plant there, an opposition LMP lawmaker has said. The green party has written to the foreign and trade minister about the matter, Bernadett Bakos told a press conference, adding it was “appalling” that residents had not been officially informed about “the plan”. “Rumours about the plant have been circulating in the city for quite a while,” she said, adding that foreign ministry state secretary Levente Magyar had “let slip” that it was planned that a battery plant would supply the Kecskemet Mercedes car factory. “The government knows the majority of Hungarians, supported by opinion polls, reject the construction of another battery plant,” Bakos said, adding that “even Prime Minister Viktor Orbán speaks about the matter less often”. LMP wants to know how far along decision-making is regarding the Kecskemet plant, what its capacity would be, and whether the project would receive state support.