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Bill submitted on transfer of county council assets to state

Public Administration and Justice Minister Tibor Navracsics on Friday submitted a bill to Parliament that would transfer institutions owned by county governments and healthcare institutions of the local council of Budapest to the central government from the start of 2012.

An agreement on the takeover was signed by the heads of county councils and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on October 3.

Under the bill, the institutions' debts would be taken over by the end of 2011 and managed by the Government Debt Management Agency (ÁKK).

The takeover would involve 475 schools, 132 social and youth institutions, 74 civic centers and 25 companies and foundations. It would include 30 healthcare institutions in 18 counties and 13 in the capital.

Navracsics also submitted a proposal to Parliament on an amendment to the constitution, allowing legislation about the transfer of local council assets to other local councils or the state free of charge, to be passed.