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Despite skyscraper ban, MOL cleared to build HQ

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Hungaryʼs government has discussed a ban on skyscrapers in Budapest to preserve the traditional profile of the capital. However, the ban would not apply to the planned office building of national oil and gas company MOL.

Gergely Gulyás, who heads the Prime Ministerʼs Office, said at a regular press briefing on Tuesday that there would be an outright ban on buildings over 90 meters in height, while decisions would be taken by authorities on a case-by-case basis for buildings between 65 and 90 meters.

However, the ban will not affect the construction of the 120-meter, 28-storey headquarters of MOL in the south of the capital as the building was cleared before the ban, Gulyás added.

Informal talks were earlier held with MOL, OTP Bank and Richter - Hungarian companies with high international profiles - on the possible construction of skyscrapers to serve as their headquarters, but only MOL chose to avail itself of the opportunity, he added.

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