Salgótarján must be turned into a winning city

At a press conference held with Mayor Zsolt Fekete at the Salgótarján stop on the Modern Cities Programme, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that a growth path must be outlined which will enable Salgótarján to be turned from a losing city into a winning city.

The Prime Minister stressed that Salgótarján is the last county-ranked city in Hungary which still gives one the strong impression that it is disadvantaged, and a loser after the fall of communism.

Twenty-seven years have passed since the fall of communism, however, and we therefore cannot allow the country to have a county-ranked city which still sees itself as a loser from the political changes, he said, adding that ending this state of affairs is the number one goal.

Mr. Orbán stressed that Salgótarján is important for Hungary, which would like to see the city continue to grow.

Hungary needs Salgótarján, the Prime Minister said, and it is essential that this former industrial city with great traditions should find its place in the Hungary of the 21st century. The Prime Minister described the cities of Tatabánya and Dunaújváros – which were previously in a similar situation, but for which residents now feel pride – as good examples of the benefits of development.

“So the course, the goal that we have identified is not impossible to achieve, as there are precedents for it in our own Hungarian history”, he said.

Speaking about political differences, Mr. Orbán said that a path of accord has been sought, in which a socialist mayor and a conservative, national, Christian prime minister have been able to come to an agreement which they can heartily recommend to anyone; the current agreement is just such an agreement.

He pointed out that the Mayor had given him a frank account of the tax figures for the local economy, as well as the city’s economic performance indicators and tax revenues. With reference to these, Salgótarján’s lack of adequate resources mean that on its own it would be unable to complete the ambitious course being planned.

The city would be happy simply to keep operating at its present level with a wise management scheme, he added, but despite all its best efforts it might need the Government’s assistance even for this.

In twelve points the Prime Minister summed up the areas of development covered by the agreement – ranging from a bypass road to a new city centre.

He first mentioned the construction of a dual carriageway – part of a HUF 40 to 50 billion project – bypassing Salgótarján and extending to the border of the country.

Mr. Orbán said that Salgótarján’s needs for a fleet of electric buses must conform to the national transport and public transport concept, and therefore a joint working committee will seek to find the best solution for organisation of the city’s public transport. Meanwhile the Government will provide the requested allocation of HUF 1.7 billion for the construction of a new local bus terminal and parking facility.

In order to develop the local economy and industry, HUF 10 billion will be allocated to develop a total area of 40–45 hectares of the city’s brownfield “rust zones”, with a new industrial park enabling suitable areas to contribute to production. Another industrial park on a 12-hectare greenfield site will be created, with funding of HUF 2.5 billion.

A task force will look into the technical aspects of creating an energy supply system for the city to cover its energy needs from renewable sources. The Government will allocate HUF 4.5 billion to raising glassware production to higher industrial quality standards.

In order to create modern training opportunities in catering and trade, the educational institutions concerned will receive HUF 3 billion, and the Government will contribute a further HUF 2 billion to establish dual training tailored to local needs.

The parties discussed the various health and sports developments as part of a separate chapter. According to the agreement, a new oncology centre will be created in the hospital from an allocation of HUF 1.2 billion. Salgótarján has completed plans for the construction of a sports and recreational centre, and the HUF 8 billion project will also include a 25-metre swimming pool. The Government recommended the building of a 50-metre swimming pool, and the state has also agreed to operate the swimming pool for five years. An athletics centre will be created from an allocation of one and a half billion forints on the premises of the glassware factory sports field, while an ice sports centre will be built near the Slovak border.

Mr. Orbán said that these developments are particularly justified if Salgótarján seeks to become a regional centre.

Projects needed to enhance the region’s tourist appeal will cost HUF 22 billion. The Prime Minister said that this sum will be made available following technical approval of the plans. Another task force will assess all church development needs in and around the city – including churches, parish churches, parsonages and church-run educational and social institutions. The Prime Minister stated that the Government will support the agreement to be concluded with churches.

Mr. Orbán finally mentioned the development of Salgótarján’s city centre, which is planned to be raised to the status of regional centre. He said that the Government will cover the costs of the related rehabilitation plan, within limits which are generous but reasonable.

Mr. Orbán said that within a very short time Salgótarján will receive one billion forints for planning purposes, and within a month a further few billion forints.

The Prime Minister said that if the city uses these funds wisely and plans are completed with an associated schedule, within a foreseeable time – a year or two – we can see results in Salgótarján residents’ quality of life, the cityscape and the opportunities offered by the local economy.

At the press conference Mayor of Salgótarján Zsolt Fekete stressed that the agreement means that the development of Salgótarján as a regional cultural, economic and sports centre can finally begin.

He described the development of the economy as the top priority, because unemployment in the city stands at nine per cent, which is more than double the national average.

The Mayor said that the developments launched as part of the Modern Cities Programme will make Salgótarján a more liveable and lovable city, and the development of northern Hungary and Hungary’s less advanced counties is an interest shared with the Government.

(Source: MTI, Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister)

Salgó 2017 Rally date announced

The Mayor of Salgótarján, Mr. Zsolt Fekete and the representatives of Magyar Nemzeti Autósport Szövetség (Hungarian National Motor Sports Association) announced the date of Salgó 2017 rally on a press conference on Wednesday.

The race will be held on April 29 (Saturday) and April 30 (Sunday).

As usually large parts of Salgótarján’s centre will be converted to prologue racetracks and pit lanes, while the special stages will be located on forest tracks around the town. The exact locations of special stages are about be revealed later.

(Video of the press conference. Hungarian language.)

Mitsuba Ltd. expands plant in Salgótarján


Japanese car electrical equipment producer Mitsuba Ltd. is expanding its capacities at its plant in Salgótarján. A section of the new facility was officially inaugurated today.

The project will be fully completed by 2017 with an investment of 4.3 billion forints (EUR 13.9M) and will create 150 new jobs in Salgótarján.

President and CEO of the Mistuba Group Mr. Hino Noboru told reporters: “The construction of the new, 8600 square metre section of the facility is an important stepping stone in the company’s 4.3 billion forint development and expansion project. The new section is doubling our storage and production capacity, which was necessary in view of the increase in orders. Production lines are being continuously installed in the new unit”.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Parliamentary State Secretary Mr. László Szabó, Mitsuba’s expansion in Salgótarján is also proof of the fact that Hungary is a reliable partner that offers an attractive investment environment for companies that wish to come to Hungary to create jobs.

Mayor of Salgótarján Mr. Zsolt Fekete, the town’s deputy mayors and the region’s MP were present at the inauguration ceremony.

Salgó Rally 2016

After a few challenging editions and many long periods without any significant motorsports events in our region, a new chapter of car-racing history will be written in 2016. The “Salgó Rally”, Nógrád County’s eldest, largest and most famous racing event will return and again be an exciting rally for automobiles and their crews and hopefully a memorable event for the spectators.

This years’s Salgó Rally will be held on 17th and 18th September.

September 17th, 07:30
Technical registration and handover of vehicles at Ipari Park.

September 17th, 16:00
Prologue of the race in downtown Salgótarján (Fő tér).

September 18th, 05:00
Pit lane opens in downtown (Fő tér).

September 18th, 07:00
The race will take place on roads between these locations:
Salgótarján – Kazár – Vizslás
Cered – Zagyvaróna
Vizslás – Kazár Salgótarján
Zagyvaróna – Cered