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Preference for communal transportation

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The Government will deal with the long-term strategy program of communal transportation this summer - stated Tamás Fellegi in his first interview as a minister. The leader of the portfolio said to Népszabadság daily newspaper, that the railways enjoy a priority in his plans, but he would like to set the new direction for the transformation of communal transportation as well. Mass dismissal is not to be expected but the lustration of the state owned companies is imminent. It will be followed by the securing the acceptance of the new strategies and the designation of the management. The new minister already decided in several personnel issues.  

As we have already reported, János Fónagy as the Parliament state secretary, Pál Völner as the state secretary responsible for infrastructure and Zoltán Schváb as deputy state secretary responsible for transportation help the work of Tamás Fellegi. Gergely Horváth is the new CEO for The Hungarian State Holding Company, he had earlier been CEO for Betonút, and Keler Zrt. Erika Sárdi follows Zsolt Csaba Horváth as the Head of National Transport Authority. The MÁV Group will belong to The Hungarian State Holding Company, and it is said that NIF would belong to the state holding company as well.

The Ministry for National Development and Economy is the successor of The Ministry for Transportation, Broadcasting and Energy issues. Péter Hónig, Lajos Oláh, Károly Antal and Lajos Csepi left the Ministry with the government change. Minister Tamás Fellegi stated about the replacement of staff, that "the political appointees obviously have to leave". The accounting the administration affects transportation and where the disadvantageous contracts concluded by the predecessors would be proved, everything would be done for intervention. The preparation for transformation of communal transportation has been started. The long-term strategy will record the advantages of communal transportation against individual transportation and inwardly the advantages of railways against public roads.

The development of the railway will enjoy a priority - emphasized Tamás Fellegi, and he added that the operation of closed branch lines will be examined.  He considers it as legitimate, as yearly the railway costs Huf 350 billion for the State and closing 29 feeder lines barely made a 1 percent saving. Tamás Fellegi still as the managing director of Kapsch in Hungary, participated in a tender invitation for establishing usage proportionate charging system, which was withdrawn in the last moment. As a minister he considers establishing the usage proportionate charging system important. The new government also deals with this subject, but no decision has been delivered yet.  

(resource: Magyar Közlekedés - Hungarian Transportation)