Budapest, August 25 (MTI) – The oppostion Jobbik party has urged that government officials responsible for the “outrageous squandering” of public funds should be named.
Dóra Dúró, deputy group leader of Jobbik, told a press conference on Thursday that the budget for a song ordered to be the official anthem of the 1956 Memorial Year was shrouded in secrecy. Citing unnamed experts, she said that a sum of 10 million forints (EUR 33,000) should have been a fair price for the song, rather than five times as much as reported in the press. She added that her party had filed a criminal complaint.
Dúró was referring to music by American-Hungarian songwriter Desmond Child, who reported recycled a song written nine years ago for a sports event in Miami.
Dúró also criticised the farm ministry for spending 15 million forints on management courses, saying that a component of the curriculum was “active listening”. Similarly, she said, the Herman Ottó Institute spent 870,000 forints on a single day of “stress management” and management training. “Such practices must be eliminated”, she insisted.