Reacting to the statements in the press, we believe it is important to point out that the European Commission did not criticise the Rural Development Programme, it formulated expert opinions on it, just like it does in the case of all other member states as well.
The number of people employed by the non-governmental sector increased from 2012 to 2013, as did the labour costs and average incomes of people employed by such organisations, according to a recently published study by the Central Statistical Office (KSH).
The European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs (LIBE) held a public hearing on the human rights situation in Hungary on Thursday in Brussels.
Hungary will not lose a cent of European Union funding if it draws down 2,100 billion forints (EUR 6.6bn) and fulfills plans to pay out another record sum, Deputy State Secretary for Development Policy Communication Nándor Csepreghy said on Monday.
János Lázár, who is currently in Brussels, said the fact that Hungary needs to draw down 2100 billion forints (EUR 6.5bn) in European Union funding this year is a significant challenge.
Minister in Charge of the Prime Minister’s Office János Lázár will be visiting Brussels on Thursday in the company of Minister of State for European Union Development Projects Eszter Zsuzsanna Vitályos and Minister of State for EU Affairs Szabolcs Ferenc Takács, where he will be holding talks with EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu and Walter Deffaa, Head of the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy.
“Hungary is doing well in developing rural power centres”, the Prime Minister said in Kecskemét at the inauguration of the State Secretariat for Agrarian and Rural Development, part of the Prime Minister’s Office.
Hungary closed a record year in the absorption of EU development funds in 2014. Based on relevant data, the 100 per cent absorption of the funds available during the previous fiscal period is almost certain, Deputy State Secretary for Development Policy Communication Nándor Csepreghy announced.