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Private firm begins prison construction in Tiszalök

The construction of a prison complex with capacity to hold 700 inmates began at the town of Tiszalök, northeast Hungary, László Csere, head of the National Penal Authority (BVOP) told reporters on Wednesday.

The prison, which will meet European Union standards, is scheduled to open in the second half of 2007 and will employ a staff of 280, recruited mainly from the region, Csere said. The facility is being constructed in public-private-partnership (PPP) by Szeged-based constructing firm KÉSZ. The company will receive Ft 1.7 billion (€6.53 million) a year from the central budget over the next 15 years for running the facility, he said.