Budapest, January 13 (MTI) – Both Hungary’s cabinet chief and the human resources minister could be responsible for “grave irregularities” in handling a total 17 billion forints (EUR 53m) allocated for the educational Oveges Programme, an green LMP party spokesman on corruption matters said on Tuesday.
Akos Hadhazy said that though the cabinet office headed by Janos Lazar had revealed the irregularities, it had failed to identify those responsible for mishandling the funds aimed at equipping schools with laboratories and preparing teaching aids. He suggested that bidders for grants in the programme had been insiders and that monies had been awarded to “inter-connected networks of businesses”.
As an example for the dubious deals, Hadhazy mentioned that different firms had developed the very same textbooks, and in another bid a company charged 13 million forints (EUR 41,000) for a software it had developed in a single week.
Hadhazy insisted that the legitimacy concerning the disbursal of 70 percent of the total could be questioned, and demanded further investigation.
In response to LMP’s charges, a cabinet deputy state secretary said that last summer his office had conducted an investigation and instructed “the relevant ministry” to file a criminal complaint based on its findings. Nandor Csepreghy noted that the cabinet office had “neither the authority nor the intention” to put pressure on the investigators or influence an investigation under way.