Objectives of the foundation

Activity of the Mohács Danube Bridge Foundation

Relation between the Mohács Enterprising Area and the foundation

Intermodal Centre and Logistic Centre

Relation between the V/C traffic corridor and Mohács

International relations

Relations between the Alps-Adriatic Working Community and the development programmes of Mohács

Infrastructure relations between the Hungarian Baranya and the Croatian Baranya

The Danube Bridge of Mohács and the region development

The Mohács Danube Bridge Foundation was formed in 1992. with the purpose of developing the region, economy and traffic of Mohács and its region, and five counties of the South Hungarian region, and of assisting the construction programme of the Mohács Danube Bridge. In the past 8 years the foundation did a long way, and one of its great work was the establishment of the Mohács Enterprising Area and winning the title. In addition, we deal with pier development, logistics and improvement of road networks, and we put all them in the service of the economic development of our region.

During the negotiations regarding the European joining of Hungary, the southern frontiers of South Transdanubia will be the new Schengen borders. Due to this, the role of Mohács is revalued, because beyond the leaving procedures at the border, the V/C. Traffic Corridor (its Hungarian section is the Route No. M6 - M56) and the VII: Danube Corridor also run through the region.
With the political consolidation of Yugoslavia expected after year 2000, a heavier shipping transport can be projected on River Danube. Thus the importance of the leaving procedures and the clearance also increases. All these interactions, accompanied with the lack of developing the east-west direction Danube road network, have forcing effect on constructing finally the Mohács, Szekszárd and Dunaújváros Bridges. It is a very important consideration, that these bridges are included not only as construction works, but they also have a considerable region development effect.


 

With the significant financial support of the Mohács Danube Bridge, the study and permission preparing plan documentation of Mohács Danube Bridge were prepared by 15th of December, 1998. This also examines the connection point of Route No. M6-M56 and Pécs-Mohács road leading to the Danube Bridge (junction) on the lane of the so-called eastern sector, along Bátaszék-Véménd-Mohács-Udvar or Ivándárda areas. The massive plan documentation starts with the region development influence examination of Mohács and its region.

For the purpose of the successful macro-regional effect the meeting point of the different field specialisations are of primary importance. All these programme plans are already included in the programmes and plan documents of the Working Community of the Danube Regions and the Alps-Adriatic Working Community.

The strategic programme of the Mohács Danube Bridge Foundation and the Mohács Enterprising Area is based on the realisation of the 3 R network (road, rail, river). The meeting point of the road, railway and river way and the development opportunities within it make indispensable the realisation of the feeder road of Mohács Grand Traffic Junction along with the Mohács Danube Bridge.
The continuously increasing importance of the European traffic problem - including the widening of the Trans-European road networks beyond the borders of European Union towards the Central and Eastern European countries (MOEL) - implies the increased consideration of the Danube Regions.

Thus Mohács City and its region get more and more into the focus of developments.


  For the purpose of promoting the joining to European Union, Hungary must put the emphasis on the development of the effective, market conform economic centres, which lies near to the prospective corridors.

For the initiation of the Mohács Danube Bridge with wide municipal, county and regional co-operation we started a series of conferences 5 years ago with the title of "Future of the South Hungarian region".

The organisation of this type of regional discussions are also justified by the fact that in case of joining to the European Union, Mohács is going to be the southern border of the Union for a long time, which requires a preparation.

In Hungary several studies, regional plans and projects were made, which intended to serve the development of certain regions of the country, the acceleration of regional development or the equalisation of the regional disadvantages.

It is a great pleasure for us, that 3 years ago South Transdanubia became beneficiary of the PHARE Regional Pilot Programme. Furthermore, we consider it to be important, that by autumn of 1999. the Complex Development Programme of South Transdanubia was finished.

  Unfortunately, Mohács and its region have not received such attention so far, that would be worthy for the potential capacities of the region. Not least of all it, the reason behind it is that Mohács have not played that role, it is authorised by its geographical position. This role means being a gate between the eastern and western part of South Hungary. It could not be done, because there is no bridge over the Danube at Mohács that may provide this connection.

In this case the bridge means more than a construction work. The existence of the bridge would enable the planning of communication and transport systems and establishment of modern agricultural, processing industrial and tourism relations.

In 1993 the process of organising associations of small regions became stronger. The Mohács Danube Bridge Foundation participated in this process:
· with the development programme of the small regions of Mohács
· with the medium term programme of Baranya County, including the construction programme of the Mohács Danube Bridge

· with fortifying the traffic development objectives that concern South Transdanubia (the soonest scheduling of realisation: Route No. M7, Routes No. M6-M56, Southern Motorway, Transdanubian Motorway, Szekszárd Danube Bridge, Mohács Danube Bridge)
· with realising the Mohács, Barcs, Lenti Enterprising Areas
· with establishing the Mohács Logistics Centres on the area of the region
· with complex development of the bordering regions

We consider it important, that the most important elements of the development strategy of South Transdanubia are increasing the adoption ability of the region, exploring the internal resources, promoting the development of the competitive economic structure.
In order to achieve it, the Mohács Danube Bridge Foundation suggested, that the Complex Development Programme of South Transdanubia most be completed with a new operative programme:
The construction programme of the Mohács Danube Bridge.
The other reason of the Mohács Danube Bridge Foundation for appearing in the regional and national programme is, that the Mohács Danube Brdige determinates the prospective traffic, economic and region development of South Transdanubia and South Plain. Our third reason is that Mohács and the Foundation have prepared an ambitious programme for the South Hungarian region, which includes the bridge over the Danube at Mohács, river pier, logistics centre and the further development of the Enterprising area.
Our fourth reason is that the South Plain Regional Development Council in its own development project called the soonest realisation of the Mohács bridge construction to be a programme worth of supporting.
Our fifth reason is that if the construction programme of the Mohács Bridge is included in the Complex Development Programme of South Transdanubia, then it makes compatible the priorities accepted in the South Transdanubian Regional Development Council in February, 1997:
· Improvement of the traffic "bag" situation of South Transdanubia, and within it Baranya County. Construction of the Szekszárd and Mohács Danube Bridges.
· Assistance for establishing Industrial Parks
· Complex development of the bordering regions of South Transdanubia
· Providing assistance for the Enterprising Areas of South Transdanubia
· Complex region (countryside) development programme

Our further reason for the realisation of the Mohács Danube Bridge, as an operative programme is that the development concerns about 500 thousand people out of the inhabitants of South Transdanubia and the Southern Plane, its indirect effect concerns a double statistical region. The regional effects are fortified by the fact that the Mohács region keeps on developing itself to be an intermodal and multimodal centre.


 

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