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Gov't to reopen small post offices and branch lines

The government will strive to reopen small post offices and restart railway passenger services on branch lines in places where it is necessary to stimulate economic growth, enhance rural development and keep the local population in place, in the summer, National Development Minister Tamás Fellegi told MTI.

The government wants to make the efficient management of state-owned assets a priority, but this is not the only criterion, because in some cases the needs of society should prevail, Fellegi said.

Under a modernization program started years earlier, state-owned postal company Magyar Posta shut down small post offices in hundreds of villages and replaced them with mobile services. Such services currently operate in 946 communities.

In the spring of 2007, state-owned railway company MÁV stopped passenger service on 14 branch lines and replaced service on another five lines with buses.

The measures were met with protests in many places. (MTI-ECONEWS)