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New international highway to cross eastern Hungary

Three countries are planning to construct a new highway to connect northeast Serbia and southwest Romania with Hungary, national daily Népszabadság reported on Wednesday.

The ambitious project was initiated by the Serbian CIP forwarding agency and supported by Magyar Közút, a Hungarian state-owned road repair company in the southern Csongrád county.

The highway would start from Szendrő (Smederevo ), a Serbian town on the Danube, cross the wheat-growing Bánát (Bánság / Banat) region, and reach Hungary at the three countries' common border point marked by an obelisk near Szeged. Another branch of the road will start from the rapidly developing Romanian region of Temesvár (Timisoara) and reach Hungary at the same point. Then the highway would cross the Hungarian Great Plains east of the Tisza river.

If all goes according to plan, it would then be extended even to Slovakia and Poland. To launch the project, Hungary should obtain the approval of the European Union, which is a precondition to obtain any funding from the Union. From a political perspective, chances are considered good as the EU favors joint projects of neighboring countries, all the more so if their past had been marred by conflicts, the Népszabadság wrote.