RFE/RL Daily Report
No. 143, 29 July 1994
HUNGARIAN GOVERNMENT DECIDES AGAINST WORLD FAIR. Prime Minister
Gyula Horn told reporters after a cabinet meeting on 28 July that
Hungary could not afford to host the 1996 World Fair, MTI reports.
Horn said that the plan of the previous conservative government to
finance the fair primarily from private investments proved to be
an illusion, and that the state budget could not carry the
estimated costs of between 50 and 60 billion forint. He pledged
that infrastructure improvements connected with the
fair--including new roads, bridges, and better
telecommunications--will be completed. Most opposition parties
protested against the government's decision on the ground that the
fair would have helped Hungarian entrepreneurs and created much
needed jobs. Organizations representing the interests of
entrepreneurs also expressed disappointment. The government plans
to submit the proposal to cancel the fair for approval to
parliament in September. Edith Oltay, RFE/RL Inc.
US GENERAL VISITS HUNGARY. General Charles G. Boyd, Deputy
Commander of US Forces in Europe, on 28 July completed a three-day
visit to Hungary at the invitation of the US-Hungarian Military
Working Group, MTI reports. Boyd discussed important issues
dealing with bilateral military ties with Defense Minister Gyorgy
Keleti and awarded a high US military decoration to Maj. Gen.
Jozsef Biro, first deputy chief of staff. Alfred Reisch, RFE/RL
[As of 1200 CET]
Compiled by Vladimir Socor and Dan Ionescu
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