Hungarian gov't recommends port logistics base to Audi to keep EU funding


The Hungarian government is recommending the use of a logistics base at the port of Gönyű, on the Danube, to German carmaker Audi to avoid losing European Union funding for earlier developments there, an answer by National Development Minister Zsuzsanna Németh to an MP of the opposition Socialists reveals.


Audi recently announced an almost €1 billion investment at its base in Győr (NW Hungary) that will go on line in the second half of 2013. Press reports suggest that the government is in talks with the company on building logistics capacity for the expansion at the port of Gönyű, rather than at the base in Győr.


Németh said in the written answer to András Nemény's question on perceived government opposition to a logistics park in Győr that the Gönyű port had been developed with HUF 6 billion in EU funding and HUF 2 billion in state support in 2005, under the Socialist government at the time, but the logistics base at the port remained vacant because of shortfalls.


The European Commission said last November that Hungary had until the end of September 2012 to make economic use of the area or forfeit a large part of the EU support it received.


Thomas Faustmann, who heads Audi's unit in Hungary, said early in March that Gönyű had "a good chance" of becoming the site of the company's new logistics base.


Government commissioner for foreign trade and investment Zsolt Becsey said at the end of February that the government would "ensure all conditions" for the base's construction in Gönyű.



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