New Study Ranks Győr as One Of Fastest Growing Cities in EU

  • 10 Apr 2024 5:48 AM
  • Hungary Today
New Study Ranks Győr as One Of Fastest Growing Cities in EU
According to an EU study, Győr is one of the fastest growing cities in the EU. However, the county is two-faced, as it was highlighted by Imre Pintér-Péntek, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Győr-Moson-Sopron County, at the TOP200 event in Győr.

The agglomeration is strong with Győr and Mosonmagyaróvár. However, there are other areas, such as Rábaköz (all in northwestern Hungary), which have suffered a lot of losses in the recent period, reports Világgazdaság.

In addition, the region is currently at 68% of the EU’s development in terms of GDP per capita, which is not bad, but it is a very different picture if you look at the development of other regions.

The area has grown by only 2 percent in the last 20 years.

According to the President of the Chamber, this is shocking and the reasons for this must be sought. He believes that the draining effect of neighboring economic regions, such as Graz, Bratislava and Vienna, may play a role. The question must therefore be asked whether enough has been done to meet the challenges.

“Unfortunately, the available data suggest that we are on the losing side,” he said, stressing that “we need a seat, but Győr with its 130,000 inhabitants is not enough, it should be expanded to at least 200,000.”

In any case, there have been several discussions with the county chambers on the breakthrough points, and an economic development working group has been set up.

A total of 200 entrepreneurs were approached to examine the conditions.

These breakthrough points were identified during the event:

- the automotive industry, which is problematic as, while nationally it accounts for 25.5 percent, in Győr-Moson-Sopron County it accounts for 74.2 percent of its economic output, meaning a huge exposure,
- logistics – without state intervention, it will not work, according to the President of the Chamber, who said that the construction of the M81 motorway was important,
- tourism,
- and a new path for mobility.

The Chamber is cooperating with the Széchenyi István University, which has set up UniChamb Ltd. with the aim of transferring knowledge and technology.

During the event, Imre Pintér-Péntek also urged Márton Nagy, the Minister of National Economy, to support companies in Hungary that have a development plan. He noted that “we have spent a lot of money unnecessarily so far.

We have no choice but to compete with Vienna or Bratislava,” he concluded.

Audi Hungaria, a pillar of Győr’s economy reached a ten-year production record in 2023, with the manufacturing of nearly 178,000 vehicles and more than 1.66 million engines.

Of the vehicles produced, 94,283 were Q3 models, 73,806 were Q3 Sportbacks, 6,850 were Audi TT Coupés, and 2,681 were TT Roadsters. Of the Q3 and Q3 Sportback models, 24,579 plug-in hybrids and 5,393 mild hybrids were produced.

The Győr-based company, together with its subsidiary Audi Hungaria Ahead, employed 12,143 people last year.

MTI Photo: Csaba Krizsán 

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