Budapest, July 14 (MTI) – Hungary’s civil organisations winning grants from the Norway Fund must not “sidestep” a review by government agencies, just like any other group using taxpayers’ money, COF-COKA told MTI in a statement on Monday.
“State control is not only a possibility, it is also mandatory, and a prerequisite of creditability,” the government-allied COF and associated foundation COKA insisted in their statement.
“Mutual control” over funds from Norway’s central budget given to civil groups is in the interest of both the Norwegian and Hungarian governments, the statement said, adding that those funds must only be utilised to promote goals approved by both countries and under Hungary’s fiscal rules.
Neither state can, however, interfere with the other’s party politics, not even in an indirect way, the document said.
In June, several groups complained over a request by the government control office (KEHI) for data and declined to comply with its procedure on the ground that it was illegal for a government body to examine funds received from another country.
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