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Gov't approves funding to dental tourism, constitution-related costs, communication strategy

The government has agreed to provide HUF 1 billion for the development of dental tourism in Hungary, a government decree published in the latest issue of the official gazette Magyar Közlöny shows.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán signed a cooperation agreement with László Szűcs, head of the Medical Tourism Office, at a conference on dental tourism on April 21. Dental tourism generates about HUF 60 billion in annual revenue.

In another decree the government has approved a total of HUF 810 million to provide the financial background for the activities related to the new constitution, signed by Hungary's President on Monday. The government earlier said the 8m questionnaires sent out to citizens and their processing cost about HUF 500 million.

The government has also approved giving a commission for signing a contract on decision-preparation studies and communication strategic counseling for the years 2011-2014 as a result of a public procurement procedure, and has earmarked HUF 1.5 billion to back the related contract for 2011, a further decree in the official gazette showed.

All the appropriations came from the Prime Minister's Office budget for extraordinary government measures. The office has a HUF 90 billion budget for these purposes under the 2011 Central Budget Act.