Budapest Mayor Gabor Demszky has vetoed the Budapest Assembly cityscape comitee’s decision made last month to allow the Sziget Festival to use public areas free of charge for three years, according to caboodle.hu. Committee chairman Attila Ughy has said that the agreement was signed with the festival, and the city could be sued if anyone attempts to break it.
Still, the mayor’s decision does not affect this year’s event.
Ughy also said that the Mayor’s letter did not clearly state whether Demszky objected to the three-year permit or whether his decision also extended to the upcoming Sziget festival.
The Mayor’s office answered that Demszky did not object to the Festival using public areas this year, but the decision to allow it to use them in the next two years under the same conditions. The city would like to receive services in exchange for the free permit to use public areas, valued at 10,6 million Euros. These services would include rehabilitation of green areas used by the festival, improved hygiene at the event, development of parking lots and a larger contribution to tourism marketing. As the event’s biggest backer, the Budapest government would like to be able to set conditions like all other sponsors.