The Ministry of Human Resources sill soon announce the termination of a contract with the National Roma Self-Government (ORÖ) for the “Bridge to the Working World” project. According to Hungarian news site Index.hu, the higher-ups at ORÖ have been notified of the ministry’s decision. The big question, however, is how ORÖ will pay back the billions of forints in EU funds it misappropriated.
Under the presidency of Flórián Farkas, the National Roma Self-Government received billions in subsidies to create a program to serve as an employment scheme for those living in Hungary’s most disenfranchised communities, primarily gypsies in the countryside. The program was supposed to be up and running by December 31, 2015. However, a team of Ministry of Human Resources auditors visiting ORÖ’s offices and properties in January found that absolutely nothing was happening with the program.
Despite Fidesz MP and former ORÖ president Flórián Farkas being enveloped in scandal, there is no sign of his party turning its back on him. Farkas continues to remain both a member of parliament and government commissioner for Roma affairs.