UGIS – HUNGARY
Interviews with key persons
Budapest and Szeged, 23-27 February 2002
date time name/activity function place
22 February, 2002 afternoon optional visit to MRI
23 February, 2002 18.00 informal dinner
24 February, 2002 10.00 study-tour in Budapest
24 February, 2002 13.00 SITE VISIT District IX.
24 February, 2002 16.00 Meeting preparations MRI
24 February, 2002 17.30 István Schneller Chief architect of Budapest MRI
24 February, 2002 19.30 Péter Győri Head of Social and Housing MRI
Committee, Budapest Munic.
25 February, 2002 08.30 Tamás Tirts Member of Parliament MRI
25 February, 2002 11.00 dr. Ferenc Gegesy mayor of district IX. IX. Bakáts tér
11.00 Tibor Pál deputy mayor of district IX.
11.00 Margit Kócsi Chief architect of district IX.
25 February, 2002 15.00 Gábor Aczél former director of SEM IX. II. Csalogány 23
26 February, 2002 07.05 Train from Bp. Nyugati
26 February, 2002 09.30 Béla Szöllősi, and Member of General
SITE VISIT Assembly in Szeged
26 February, 2002 13.00 dr. István Szalay former mayor of Szeged Boldogasszony
26 February, 2002 ???? dr. László Bartha mayor of Szeged
István Novák chief architect of Szeged
26 February, 2002 18.25 Train to Bp. Nyugati (arrival Budapest: 20.57)
Extra interview in
27 February, 2002 08.30 Imre Lakos director of SEM IX. IX. Balázs B 16
27 February, 2002 12.00 Éva Hegedüs Deputy Secretary of State,
Ministry of Economy
27 February, 2002 ????? Ágnes Sebestyén Chief adviser, Ministry of
27 February, 2002 afternoon last group meeting MRI
27 February, 2002 18.00 end of work
List of the Interviewees
Dr. Ferenc Gegesy: Elected mayor of the 9th district, since 1990.
Tibor Pál: Deputy mayor of the 9th district.
Margit Kócsi: Chief architect of the 9th district.
Gábor Aczél: Leader of SCET Hungary,
Leader of SEM IX. from its establishment till 1998.
Imre Lakos: Leader of SEM IX. since 2000,
Faction leader of the Alliance of Free Democrats (in power) in the
municipal assembly of the 11th district.
Tamás Tirts: Faction leader of the FIDESZ (in opposition) in the Municipal
Assembly of Budapest,
Parliamentary representative of the Középső-Ferencváros area since 1998.
István Schneller: Chief architect of Budapest since 1994, deputy mayor of Budapest 1990-94
Péter Győri: President of the Committee on Social and Housing in the Municipality of
Béla Szöllősi: Former leader local governments’ housing department, probably the most important
person in launching the UDP. As housing affairs have been outsourced to the local Real Estate
Management Company he became one of the leaders of the company, while also having positions in
the local government as representative and member of committees. Now he does not have a position
in the Real Estate Management Company but he is a representative of the municipality of Szeged,
and member of its financial and housing affairs’ committee. He is the one who has probably the
most important information about the background and important elements of the program, such as
local governments’ present concepts concerning housing policy.
István Novák: Chief Architect of Szeged. He also had this position when the UDP was carried out,
and is one of the important persons who launched the program. He can give information both about
the UDP and present problems and opportunities of housing policy.
István Szalay: Former mayor of Szeged. He was the mayor when implementation of the program
started, so he can outline the municipality’s intentions about starting the UDP. Now he is a member
of the Hungarian Parliament and also its Committee of European Integration.
László Bartha, dr.: Mayor of Szeged since 1998. As present mayor he can tell about the lessons
learned from the UDP and present concepts of the municipality concerning housing policy. He is
also the representative of Szeged in the Hungarian Parliament.
Hans Kristensen, Maria Bruquetas, Andrés Walliser, Jack Burgers, Richard Staring
Attached please find some preparatory materials for the UGIS-Hungary cross-evaluation to be held
23-27 February, 2002:
• Preliminary programme
• Short information about key-persons we will meet
• Final version of the UDP Budapest district IX evaluation
• Final version of the UDP Szeged evaluation
In order to inform all members of the group, we attach information about arrival and departure dates
and hotels of the team-members:
arrival Departure hotel room Note
Hans Kristensen 22 February, 2002 28 February, 2002 Starlight Suiten double apartment reserved
Birgitte Kristensen 22 February, 2002 28 February, 2002 Starlight Suiten
Maria Bruquetas 23 February, 2002 28 February, 2002 Hotel Thomas one single reserved
Andrés Walliser 23 February, 2002 28 February, 2002 Hotel Thomas one double reserved
Jack Burgers 21 February 2002 28 February, 2002 Hotel Art one single reserved
Richard Staring 21 February 2002 28 February, 2002 Hotel Art one single reserved
Please inform us if there is something wrong in this information.
Arriving to Budapest please take at the airport the Airport-Minibus, which is a reliable and fixed-
price service, taking you directly to your hotel (one way HUF 1800, return ticket HUF 3300 per
person, 1 EUR = 244 HUF appr.).
Those arriving earlier are welcome to visit Friday afternoon Metropolitan Research Institute (MRI,
IX. Lónyay utca 34.) for getting ideas about week-end programmes in Budapest, maps, etc. Please
give us a call before you come (217-9041).
Please inform us, whether you are available for an informal dinner on Saturday evening in an
interesting part of Budapest!
A final, very important request: after getting acquainted with the two UDP evaluations, please send
us some preliminary questions for the interviews. In case we get your questions in time (before 20
february the latest) we could send some of those questions to the interviewees, giving them a
„flavour” what will happen at the meeting.
Hope to see you soon, with best regards:
Iván Tosics and Sándor Erdősi, Jr.