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Audi to expand in Győr

The Hungarian unit of German car maker Audi seems to be planning further investments in Győr, the business daily Napi Gazdaság said on Wednesday, quoting information published on the website of the National Asset Management Company (MNV), showing that Audi Hungaria Motor Kft has won an open tender to sell a 200-hectare area near Audi's plant there.

Audi has paid HUF 5.2 billion (not including VAT) for the state-owned area asset-managed by the Defense Ministry. The sales contract has been signed and the money must have been transferred as well, according to the information published by MNV.

Zsolt Révi, chief architect of the Győr municipality, told the paper that they are working on modifications to the development plan for the area which was designated to be a logistic park. Révi would not reveal what investment plans the new owner has for the area.

Because of the modifications to the development plan, the opinion of some other authorities such as the Fertő-Hanság National Park had to be obtained. National Park officials, however, declined comment, citing economic interests, the paper said. The former Defense Ministry shooting range - as it is part of the Natura 2000 network - is a protected area. Whether it can be removed from that category will be decided by the European Commission. The EU may decide to remove an area from the Nature 2000 network for special public interest only, such as job creation. (MTI – Econews)