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Hungarian, Romanian towns win EUR 522,000 cross-border EU grant

The Hungarian spa town of Hajdúszoboszló and its Romanian neighbour Vadu Crisului, tucked away in a valley in the Carpathians, have won a EUR 522,000 European Union grant to promote cross-border tourism, the towns' mayors said at a press conference on Tuesday.

Hajdúszoboszló will set up a tourism centre at the entrance to its spa and Vadu Crisului will build a tourism incubator to promote sites in and around each other's towns. The project is to be completed by the end of 2012.

The project is one of many cross-border projects involving partners in four Hungarian counties and four in Romania supported with a combined EUR 248 million of EU funding, deputy mayor of Vadu Crisului János Hasas said.

The project is expected to contribute significantly to the expansion of tourism between the two communities which lie 130 km apart, said Vadu Crisului mayor Cosma Dorel.