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Govt publishes pact on interstate motorway in decree

Hungary's government has published in a decree an agreement to connect a motorway in Hungary with an expressway in Slovakia.

The decree was published in the latest issue of official gazette Magyar Kozlony.

Hungarian state secretary in charge of transport Pal Volner and Slovakian transport minister Jan Figel signed an interstate agreement to connect the R4 in Slovakia with the M30 in Hungary on June 24.

"We agreed on where to connect the road network, but not on when. In the name of the Slovakian side, I can ensure everybody that the R4 expressway will be completed by 2013 and ready for use, as this is the year Kosice will be a European Capital of Culture,"  Figel said. The 14km stretch will cost more than EUR 78m to build, but some of this will come from European Union funding, he added.

Hungary plans to finish the M30 two years after the R4 is completed, Figel said.

"We are striving to harmonize our investment plans with Slovakia," Volner said. "We want to build a new bridge between Komarom and Komarno. The construction of bridges over the Ipoly river are also high on our list of plans," he added.