More than eighty Hungarian memorials beyond the borders are planned to be revamped by March next year to mark the centenary of World War 1, the state secretary for Hungarian communities abroad said on Monday.
A total of 100 million forints (EUR 320,000) will be made available for applicants in the first phase of the revamp scheme,
Árpád János Potápi said.
In the second phase, an additional 100 million forints will be offered in the form of non-refundable support. The deadline for carrying out the revamp projects in the second phase will be the end of August next year.
In the first phase, some 24 projects will be supported in Romania’s Transylvanian/Erdély region, 51 in Slovakia, five in Ukraine’s Transcarpathia/Kárpátalja region, two in Serbia’s Vojvodina/Vajdaság and one in Slovenia, Potápi said.
Bence Rétvári, human resources ministry state secretary and a member of the WW1 memorial committee, said that the greatest losers of WW1 were ethnic Hungarians beyond the borders “who lost not only their fathers and brothers but also their homeland”.