Gergely Karácsony, the new mayor of Budapest, has recently stated that it would be “tragic to move the Hungarian Natural History Museum to Debrecen”.

On behalf of Debrecen and rural Hungary, László Papp, mayor of Debrecen rejected the above statement and highlighted that “It might be unbelievable for Gergely Karácsony, who is a former student of Debrecen, to believe that there is life outside the capital, as his example shows.

He continued, “Debrecen sees the new Hungarian Natural History Museum as an opportunity for the future of the city. Debrecen is clearly committed to providing the best possible conditions for such a major development. Based on preliminary discussions, we consider that Debrecen is an ideal choice. We are aware that the Hungarian Natural History Museum is not only an exhibition place but an institution where scientific research is conducted.

The University of Debrecen, together with the education system of the city as a whole, can provide the training needed for the museum to operate.

We fully support scientific and educational cooperation between the Hungarian Natural History Museum and the University of Debrecen. We are looking at areas that are owned by the state and would be an ideal location within the city is ideal for the Hungarian Natural History Museum in every respect.”

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