Pócsmegyer

Pócsmegyer is a dynamically developing village on Szentendre Island. 'Megyer' refers to one of the tribes at the time of the Hungarian conquest in the ninth century. The village covers an area of 1,308 hectares, including the summer resort of Surány. It has a population of 2,300, rising to 5,000 during the summer. The village lies just 22 km from Budapest and is reachable by road across the bridge from the village of Tahitótfalu, or by two ferries.

The village economy is characterised by small enterprises and individuals working in the service sector. The importance of agriculture is decreasing, and only strawberry growing remains a significant source of income for some families.

The rapid growth in the population represents a major and continuous challenge for the local authority. This has given rise to projects under the Hungary-Slovakia Cross-Border Cooperation Programme such as the Incubation Center in Pócsmegyer (HUSK/1101/1.1.1/0120) and Climate Park (HUSK/1101/2.2.1/0158 0120), and the Environment and Energy Operational Programme 2007-2013 project Development of the Sewage System of the Szentendre Agglomeration (KEOP-1.2.0/B-10-2010-0061).

In the framework of the Climate Park project, one of the most important activities in Pócsmegyer is afforestation, as forests absorb carbon dioxide, can be used as biomass, and contribute to the water cycle. A total of 5.4 hectares of forests will be planted and the area of grassland to the south of Lake Pázsit will also be restored and extended during the project. The lake is formed in an artificial depression left by earlier mining activities. The lake and its surroundings have an important recreational role, being used for swimming, fishing, walking trails and sports. It is therefore important to monitor, maintain and optimise the condition of the water in the lake, as well as the lake's floor and its flora and fauna.