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Horgos 1 border crossing between Hungary, Serbia reopened

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

Belgrade: Border crossing Horgos 1 that exists between Hungary and Serbia has been re-opened for regular traffic. The border crossing was closed last Monday after the influx of the refugees had increased.

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Horgos 1 border crossing as well as the highway which connects Serbia and Hungary were opened on Sunday with the presence of Serbian and Hungarian interior ministers Nebojsa Stefanovic and Sandor Pinter, Xinhua news agency reported.

Stefanovic said the two sides acknowledged the importance of the transport of people and goods across this border, and they solved the problem “as good neighbors”.

“We have shown determination and ability to run our countries in a responsible way in crisis situations,” he said, thanking the Hungarian side for their will and fast reaction.

Stefanovic said “we all depend on economy”, so the opening of the border crossing was a priority.

The complete registration of refugees is organized by Serbia at the border crossing Horgos 2 that is located nearby, he added.

Pinter said the pressure of the emergency situation was equal on both countries, and “this pressure made us find the fastest joint solution”.

Hungary previously announced that the border crossings between the two countries will remain closed for 30 days, but in the meantime a large number of refugees started moving towards Croatian border in their attempt to enter EU, so the pressure on the Horgos border crossing decreased.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Hungary to Introduce Green Vehicles by 2022

"The plastic in the installation came from the Italian coast, collected by volunteers," Greenpeace explained in a statement

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"The program brings together economic development and green policies," the statement quoted Gyorgy Laszlo. Wikimedia Commons

Hungary’s public transport systems will offer greener services by switching to non-polluting vehicles, official sources said here on Tuesday.

“Regional councils are taking steps to introduce green buses to Hungary’s public transport system,” the Hungarian government announced in a statement on its website. “Over the course of ten years, the authorities anticipate that 7,500 vehicles will be changed to a greener alternative,” the statement said.

By 2022, passengers should be able to travel on green buses everywhere in the country. In the next two to three years, every sixth bus in the country is expected to be sustainable, the Xinhua news agency reported.

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“The plastic in the installation came from the Italian coast, collected by volunteers,” Greenpeace explained in a statement. Wikimedia Commons

“The program brings together economic development and green policies,” the statement quoted Gyorgy Laszlo, minister of state responsible for economic strategy and regulation, as saying.

The switch to green vehicles will be co-financed by the Hungarian government, local city councils and privately-owned companies, including Ikarus, Kravtex, Inter Traction Electrics and Chinese electric bus and truck maker BYD. BYD opened its first European manufacturing plant in the industrial park at Komarom in northwestern Hungary after a $22.4 million investment in April 2017.

Also on Tuesday, Greenpeace staged a spectacular protest in the heart of Budapest by erecting two giant “whales from the patch of plastic garbage in the sea,” warning that plastic waste and microfibers were now everywhere, in seas, rivers, forests and even in drinking water.

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BYD opened its first European manufacturing plant in the industrial park at Komarom in northwestern Hungary after a $22.4 million investment in April 2017. Pixabay

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“The plastic in the installation came from the Italian coast, collected by volunteers,” Greenpeace explained in a statement. The Hungarian government is aware of the dangers of plastic pollution, and announced in October 2018 a total ban on plastic bags from 2021 in order to help preserve the planet.

“From 2021, plastic bags will totally be banned in Hungary,” said Martina Makai, Deputy State Secretary for green economy, climate policy and key public services at the Ministry for Innovation and Technology. (IANS)