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Szombathely completes sewage investment

Officials inaugurated a Ft 5 billion (€19.8m) environmentally friendly sewage-treatment facility in Szombathely (W Hungary).

The facility will serve the city of Szombathely and 34 nearby towns.

The EU Instrument for Structural Policies for Pre-Accession (ISPA) covered 60% of the cost of the project, the Hungarian state covered 30% of the investment and local-council resources paid for the remaining 10%.

European Commissioner for Regional Policy Danuta Hubner, present at the ceremony, commented that Hungary used all EU funds available to the country in 2004-2006 and also ranks highly in use of EU funding for the 2007-2013 budgetary period.

National Development and Economy Minister Gordon Bajnai said Ft 950 billion has already been allocated under the ongoing New Hungary National Development Plan, while nearly all of the funding awarded as part of the first National Development Plan has already been disbursed. (MTI – Econews)