Budapest, January 25 (MTI) – The radical nationalist Jobbik party said it was a “negative Hungarian specialty” that corruption was rampant at the highest levels in the country.
According to press reports Hungarian auditors had tapped 2.4 billion forints (EUR 7.7m) worth of European Union funding, intended to finance the auditing of public procurements, Gabor Staudt, deputy leader of the party’s parliamentary group, told a press conference on Monday.
Staudt said such cases should not be uncovered by foreign bodies, but by authorities at home. He was referring to a report by the EU’s Anti-Fraud Office OLAF, which revealed discrepancies in connection with Hungarian procurements which involved the use of EU funds.
Economy Minister Mihaly Varga said earlier in the day that he would launch an investigation into why the head of Hungary’s tax office NAV Andras Tallai had not been notified that the NAV itself was investigating in wake of OLAF’s report.