Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony pressed for urgent talks with the government in the interest of accessing European Union funding to manage the economic, energy and climate crises for Hungary and the capital in a post on Facebook on Saturday. Karácsony said he sent a letter to Tibor Navracsics, the minister in charge of regional development and using EU funding, in which he again expressed Budapest’s willingness to cooperate with the central government. He welcomed Navracsics’s remarks earlier in the week on the government’s readiness to reach an agreement with the European Commission.
“That’s great news, as Hungary has a chance to be the last one in the EU to finally access EU funding!” he said. “In this situation it would be urgent and important for Budapest and the government to act together,” he added. Karácsony proposed Navracsics take advantage of the network and lobbying power of Budapest in talks with the EC. He said Navracsics had already responded to his letter and wrote that a meeting could take place with the mayor “in the second half of July”. “Until then, Budapest will continue its work with its European partners,” he added.