Vote on CET fails after mayor abstains

Museums

The Budapest Municipal Council failed to achieve quorum on a vote to take over the liabilities of a nearly completed recreational and commercial center in a historical warehouse district on the banks of the Danube at a meeting on Wednesday, after the mayor abstained.

Mayor István Tarlós said on public television early Thursday that he decided not to vote on the proposal to take over the some HUF 800 million in liabilities because of the amount of money involved and because the center has not been awarded a certificate of completion, without which none of the invoices from contractors can be paid.

The city of Budapest took over the CET project, which was to be built in a public private partnership, after representatives of the local council and the project's general contractor recorded their intent to reach an agreement on the matter in the summer. General contractor WHB allowed the capital to take over the complex, in line with a decision by the Municipal Court of Appeals.

The court ruled in June that the contractor had to turn over CET.

CET was to have been completed in August 2010, but construction was halted last spring during the technical transfer of the complex.

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