Minister of Innovation and Technology László Palkovics talked about the possibilities for expanding cooperation and relations in the border regions with the leaders of Satu Mare County.
Before 2010, there was no highway connection between Hungary and Romania. Now, we have two four-line roads. The M43 branches off from the M5 and leads to Arad via Szeged, while the M35-M4 was completed in 2020 and allows for fast, comfortable and safe access to Oradea via Debrecen.
Palkovics said that the third connection will be with the construction of the M49 motorway from the M3 motorway. The public procurement of land from Mátészalka to Ököritófülpös may start in June, and the contract could be concluded in the beginning of 2022. Construction work would then also start in 2022, after funding. The planning contract for the extension to the Csenger border should be concluded this spring, with construction plans available within a year after that.
In 2020, the Hungarian government decided to establish economic development zones to allow historical regions to develop into economically competitive areas. The aim of the North-East Hungary Economic Development Zone is the comprehensive development of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén, Hajdú-Bihar, Heves, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, Nógrád and Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg counties so as to have a cross-border impact.
The economic development zones also play an important role in the current restarting of the economy.
There are other reasons to seek closer relations between the North-East Hungarian Economic Development Zone and Satu Mare County in higher education, vocational training and innovation, the Ministry of Innovation and Technology wrote in its statement.
Satu Mare is home to one of the largest industrial parks in Romania — 70 hectares — and an international airport.