The smaller and larger settlements of Hajdú-Bihar county are constantly changing, and investment in Debrecen is also impacting the region. 

Zoltán Pajna, President of the Hajdú-Bihar County Assembly, told local television that it had been a decade-long goal to stop the people living in the county from looking for jobs in Budapest or Western Hungary. 

“Our goal is also to stop emigration in such a way that everyone feels that they live in a liveable place because of the development of infrastructure,” he said, adding that this is why it is necessary to improve transport facilities.

It is now a reality to attract companies to the county’s industrial parks that can serve the investments in Debrecen; he pointed out. 

The president said that the plans include cooperation with the Debrecen Vocational Training Centre, while they want to develop the areas needed for new technologies under the Erasmus Plus programme to ensure that the right workforce is available.

In 2022, Hajdú-Bihar received a total of more than HUF 58 billion in TOP Plus funding, the fourth highest amount of support among the nineteen counties. The president stressed that this also shows that Hajdú-Bihar is one of the priority development areas of the country, with HUF 127 billion of funding coming from the 2021-2027 cycle, of which HUF 43 billion will go to Debrecen. 

He said municipalities already have HUF 58 billion worth of support contracts. They can spend almost HUF 12 billion for the development of roads in the interior. The Livable Cities programme will provide HUF 17 billion. Energy development, with nearly HUF 5 billion.

At the last meeting of the Hajdú-Bihar County Municipality, several climate policy projects were also decided. Zoltán Pajna pointed out that, besides development, the most important goal is to protect our natural values and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Source and photo credit: dehir.hu

Author: Debrecen4U