EC suspends payment of education funds to Hungary

March 29, 2016

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The European Commission is blocking the transfer of some HUF 40 billion (USD 142.6 million) in EU grants relating to the renovation of educational facilities, reports Hungarian news site Index.hu.

The EC is withholding the funds because only a fraction of them appear to have actually served their intended purpose.

Nándor Csepreghy, undersecretary with the Prime Minister’s Office, told RTL Klub that he estimates the Commission will ultimately only withhold a few million forints and that any losses would have to be covered by the schools involved in the scandal.

“There was a significant difference between the cost of renovating the classroom and the actual work performed,” Csepreghy said.

Ákos Hadházy, Politics Can Be Different’s (LMP) anti-corruption spokesperson, said: “The organized stealing of funds could not have happened without the direct involvement of someone who was organizing it. The only place this could have been organized from are the government ministries. This could not have happened any other way.”