Opposition DK to ask Brussels again to directly manage EU fund distribution to Hungary
The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) will once again ask the European Commission to directly manage the distribution of EU funds to Hungary, without involving the Hungarian government, the deputy leader of the leftist party said on Monday.
Speaking to reporters, Péter Niedermüller responded to the 24.hu portal saying on Monday that the EC has proposed cutting EU funding for Hungary.
This would mean “a penalty” amounting to 100-150 billion forints (EUR 313m-470m), Niedermüller, also an MEP, said.
Niedermüller confirmed that Brussels has drafted a report including the proposed cut in the funding, adding that he has already asked for releasing the document to the public.
“Brussels is clearly fed up with the way the Orbán government has been handling EU funds,” he said, noting that the European Parliament’s budget control committee had already addressed criticism to Hungary.
“The criticism concerns not particular projects whatsoever, but the entire system which it says allows excessive corruption,” Niedermüller said.
Ruling Fidesz in response said that the DK led by former prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsány wants “to bring” migrants to Hungary while “taking away the money of Hungarians” in what it called an “outrageous” move.
“If they were in power, they would allow Brussels and the pro-migrant Soros network to manage Hungary’s affairs, give up Hungary’s sovereignty and national interests and turn Hungary into a migrant country,” the party said.