Egészséges Tapolca, Egészséges Gazdaság

Projekt azonosítószáma: HU11-0012-A1-2013

The opening of the refurbished Market Hall

The market hall – renovated in the past six months – was opened on Friday, 31st March. Tapolca hopes that thanks to the investments the local economy will recover, the distribution of local food will increase and the market place will become more popular.

 

The renovation of the hall started in October 2016. By that time the old hall was quite in a bad technical and aesthetic shape, therefore a refurbishment was needed to keep up with the changing times. Financially the works were supported by the tender’ Healthy Tapolca, healthy economy’ that was submitted in 2013 and that was awarded in Summer 2016. However, the town had to invest extra money into the renovation several times. It turned out that the building was in a worse condition than previously reported. During the renovation the building received new roof construction, paving, new and modern doors and windows, good looking external wall coating. Several structurally complete business premises and sophisticated wet rooms were also created during the renovation.

Lajos Rig, parliamentary representative of the region, Tapolca’s mayor Zoltán Dobó and Gergő Korponai, head of the Department of International Cooperation Programs at the government , Judit Orbán, chief agriculturist of the county, Lajos Szenz, leader of the implementer SZ-L Bau kft., the Norwegian delegation of the Scandinavian partner town Lillehammer and representatives of other project partners were also present at the opening ceremony.

Zoltán Dobó, Lajos Rig and Nanna Egidius, city development and strategic director of Lillehammer also praised the importance of the investment. According to Zoltán Dobó, there are changing trends: the responsible consumers, traders, economic and political actors do not want to shorten the food chain, because environmental awareness and sustainability became important criteria as well. The municipality of Tapolca realized all this, searched for partners and accomplished a program that brings them closer to this aim. The mayor hopes that the local economy really will become stronger thanks to the renovated market, everybody will be there who has a sellable product and last but not least, besides the economic angle he hopes that it will become a real community place in Tapolca. Lajos Rig thanked all the participants who worked at the renovation of the market building. According to the parliamentary representative it was an old dream of Tapolca. He highlighted the importance of the main street and the condition of the market place regarding the atmosphere and image of a small town. It must be attractive for the tourists, for the citizens of the town, as well as for those returning to Tapolca.

Nanna Egidius, city development and strategic director of Lillehammer said that as opposed to Norway, Tapolca is a town of excellent location for both producing and trading local products. As an example he said, that in Norway it was winter now and about 10 cm snow fell just the day before. According to him the key to a healthy life is the consumption of healthy food, which can be best provided by local producers to the consumer. ’With the reconstruction of the market, Tapolca is on its way to support local producers, strengthen economic life and to realize environmental friendly goals’ said Nanna Egidius in her English speech.  It was Lajos Szenc, director of ’ SZ-L Bau’ who handed over the symbolic key of the market to Zoltán Dobó. Finally, together with their partners they cut the national colour inauguration ribbon at the main entrance of the market hall.

Later the participants planted a tree a couple of meters from the entrance, and they walked with László Róth market inspector in the renovated building and they learnt about the changes.