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Gov't approves further HUF 2 bln in funding for Esterházy Palace renovation

Hungary's government has recently approved a further HUF 2 billion (€7.5 million) in partially EU-funded support for the renovation of the Esterházy Palace in Fertőd (NW Hungary), the business daily Napi Gazdaság reported on Friday.

The newspaper noted that earlier plans for renovation of the palace had been scaled down, reducing the previously projected cost of the project by HUF 400 million.

A public tender will be issued to carry out the renovation, which is expected to begin this fall and be completed by the end of 2012.

The palace is the site of the annual music festival of works from Austrian composer Joseph Haydn, who lived and worked at the residence from 1766 to 1790.

Officials hope that the renovation will make it possible to increase the number of yearly visitors to the palace from the current 150,000 to as many as 400,000. (MTI-Econews)