Government of Hungary to give minister’s hometown HUF 1.49 billion for soccer stadium

February 16, 2016

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Kisvárda (population 16,000) will be receiving HUF 1.49 billion (USD 5.2 million), or USD 325 per inhabitant, from the government to construct a soccer stadium seating 2,500 (which may be expanded to seat 5,500), reports the town’s website Kisvárda.hu.

Minister of National Development Miklós Seszták (a native of Kisvárda) wants to break ground on the new stadium in May and see it finished by September.

According to 444.hu, Kisvárda’s soccer club is currently ranked 6th in the Hungarian soccer league’s second division.

More than 100 people attended the event in Kisvárda where the announcement was made.

“The Kisvárda soccer academy may also receive HUF 490 million provided by the government,” Seszták said at the event.

The town soccer club has been the recipient of 100 percent tax-deductible corporate donations in Hungary known as “TAO” support. According to Transparency International Hungary, the TAO system represents a diversion of tax revenues away from public coffers into private sports associations closely linked to leading Fidesz politicians.

Seszták’s appointment as Minister for National Development in 2014 was highly controversial.   He proceeded to clean house at the ministry, sacking hundreds of ministry employees in what some analysts claim was an attempt to purge it of people loyal to Fidesz oligarch, construction and media mogul Lajos Simicska.