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Hungary's gov't prepares heritage bill

Hungary's government is soon to submit a stand-alone bill on the country's world heritage sites, a government official said on Monday.

The proposed legislation will amalgamate disparate regulations and restrictions on Hungary's eight sites while setting down rules allowing for development, too, Marta Schneider, state secretary of the culture ministry, told a news conference.

The bill specifies the preparation of plans for how to treat each individual site as well as creating secure and predictable state financing, she said.

Hungary's World Heritage sites are the Buda side of the Danube, the Castle district, Andrássy Street and its environs, Hollókő village, the Aggtelek Stalactite Caves (together with Slovakia), the Benedictine Abbey at Pannonhalma, Hortobágy National Park, the 4th century early Christian vaults in Pécs, Lake Fertő (shared with Austria) and the Tokaj wine-growing region.

The government will submit the bill to parliament on Tuesday. (MTI)