Successful energy-efficient rehabilitation of police buildings in Vas County

Local news, 27.11.2015

The festive handover ceremony of renovated buildings of the Vas County Police Headquarters financed by the Swiss Contribution was held in Szombathely on 27 November 2015.

Dr. János Tiborcz, Commissioner of the Vas County Police gave a ceremonial speech at the renovated main building of the Vas County Police Headquarters

After the successful completion of the construction works in Szombathely, Körmend and Sárvár about 400 police employees and visitors have taken possession of police buildings with a fresh atmosphere, improved conditions and a better sense of security.  New windows and doors, thermal insulations of the façades and roofs, new electric, heating and hot water systems, as well as modern fire alarm systems have been installed. Furthermore, connected to the project, the historic building of the Vas County Police Headquarters has regained its original elegance.

This Security Project managed by the Ministry of Interior aims at the energy-efficient rehabilitation of buildings of the Office of Immigration and Nationality as well as of the Police. It is supported by the Swiss Contribution with an amount of 5.8 million Swiss francs, whilst Hungary provides 15% of the project costs. Thanks to this support, eight buildings have so far been renovated across the country.

These buildings now have new and cost-effective heating, water, sewage, and electrical systems, meeting EU energy efficiency requirements and standards. Modern fire-fighting systems to improve personal and material safety have been installed, and there is an increased use of renewable energy. The Project has thus contributed to improving the working conditions of policewomen and men as well as the living conditions of immigrants and asylum seekers.

Károly Papp, Chief Commissioner of the National Police, Jean-François Paroz, Ambassador of Switzerland to Hungary, Dr Csaba Hende Member of Parliament and high representatives of the Police and the Ministry attended and spoke at the ceremony. In his address, Ambassador Paroz pointed out the significance of the Project within the Swiss-Hungarian Cooperation Programme and was pleased to note that the initial objectives of this rehabilitation project have been fully achieved.