The government has approved Debrecen’s five-pillar mega-development plan

The government has approved a plan to develop Debrecen into a city that serves as the center of the eastern region of Hungary by 2030.

The five pillars of the Debrecen 2030 program, which will require some HUF 600 billion in funding, are the economy, transport, education, culture, and urban development, said László Palkovics, minister at the Ministry for Innovation and Technology. 

The total budget for Debrecen 2030, HUF 600 billion, includes the previously announced program elements: more than HUF 130 billion for infrastructure related to the north-western industrial zone and HUF 35 billion for educational developments.

In addition to central budget resources, the program will also use city money and cohesion and market resources, Palkovics added.

Among the flagship projects, László Papp, Mayor of Debrecen, highlighted the construction of the Natural History Museum and a classical music concert hall, as well as the development of a new tram line. The mayor also stressed the importance of protecting forests and green areas, renewable energy development, and the Civaqua program that will deliver water from the Tisza to the area of ​​Debrecen through the Eastern Main Canal.

Lajos Kósa, Member of Parliament and responsible for the development of cities with county status, pointed out that “the Hungarian future is being built in Debrecen,” by listing various past examples. 

Zoltán Szilvássy, Rector of the University of Debrecen, highlighted the cooperation of regional players, while University Chancellor Zoltán Bács added that HUF 15 billion will be spent on the development of university infrastructure and HUF 19 billion will go toward technical and IT investments within the framework of the program by 2023.

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