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The Hungarian government announced it will relocate the offices of the Interior and Economy ministries from central Pest to Castle Hill in Buda, according to a report published yesterday in the official gazette Magyar Közlöny.

Cabinet Chief János Lázár told the parliament’s Cultural Committee that the Interior Ministry would be moved to two adjacent buildings: In Országház utca and Úri utca. The Economy Ministry would be relocated to a building near Matthias Church. The Cabinet Chief said that the Castle District was originally intended to accommodate the state’s executive divisions and it makes practical sense that the two ministries be relocated here, Hungarian news agency MTI reported yesterday.

Additional plans announced by Lázár include moving the National Széchenyi Library (OSZK), currently in the Castle District to the former seat of the Hungarian Radio behind the National Museum, and relocating the Csontváry Museum. The government plans to call a tender for the relocation of OSZK, which would be valued at HUF30-40 billion.

State secretary László L. Simon also presented three additional plans at the meeting: One involving the refurbishment of Buda Castle, and the other, the reconstruction of heritage buildings in the Castle District. These programs, Simon said, must adhere to the preservation of folk architecture as per a new law on the refurbishment of World Heritage Sites.

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