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No decision on Orangeways bus application

The Hungarian government has asked for another 30 days to decide on a formal request submitted by long-distance bus company Orangeways to operate domestic regional services, CEO of the company Miklós Kovács said.

The company approached the cabinet in July asking for legal revisions that would allow it to enter the segment of the market. The Volán companies currently conducting the regional services immediately objected, saying the private business would be allowed to pick out the most lucrative routes thus putting the state-owned firms in an impossible position.

Despite the lack of a specific agreement, Kovács said the latest round of talks with ministry officials was successful and he reminded of the fact that there are already places where local bus services are operated by private contractors. (Napi Gazdaság)