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Urban rehabilitation in Budapest

Budapest will launch a Ft 1.8 billion urban rehabilitation and social program in Dist. 8, 9 and 10, Mayor Gábor Demszky told wire service MTI. Ft 300 million of the project budget will be used in the first year of the program for redesigning certain parts of these districts, Demszky said. The welfare element of the plan aims to boost employment and education, and solve residents? problems locally to halt the process of suburbanization. Minister for Youth, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities Kinga Göncz welcomed Budapest?s efforts to address poverty and housing issues simultaneously.