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Gov't Earmarks HUF 44 bln in Utility Subsidies for Muni Councils

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The head of the Prime Minister's Office has decided on close to HUF 44 billion in support to help municipal councils in settlements with over 10,000 residents, including districts in the capital, manage higher energy costs, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

In a statement issued late Monday, the Prime Minister's Office said the decision was taken after talks with local council authorities who accepted invitations to meet with ministerial commissioner György Balla and government commissioner Zsolt Láng.

Local councils have been asked to draft energy savings plans as a condition for the support, it added.

The support is available to 138 municipalities and 17 of Budapest's districts.

The government earlier earmarked subsidies for utility bills for settlements with populations under 10,000.

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