A series of events organised by the Prime Minister’s Office, within the framework of which 56 experts from six countries in the Western Balkans (Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Bosnia-Hercegovina) and Turkey received special training in the effective prevention of fraud, corruption and other illegal activities that harm the EU’s economic interests, came to a close today. The lectures were funded by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF).
The Jewish Cemetery in Rácalmás has been restored with the help of state funding. Parliamentary State Secretary László L. Simon from the Prime Minister’s Office called the 5 million forint renovation project a fine example of state support for a non-governmental initiative.
Three thousand children living in disadvantaged sub-regions will participate in Erzsébet Day Camps this year, Government Spokesperson Éva Kurucz announced on Tuesday.
Since 2012, the Hungarian Government has expressed its worries about the distribution of the EGT/Norwegian NGO Fund several times. From then on the Hungarian party’s repeatedly emphasized criticism was that Ökotárs Foundation and other consortium foundations cooperating in the implementation are distributing the funds in a non-transparent way and not according to the previously determined objectives. On April 7th, 2014, János Lázár, then as the State Secretary in charge of the Prime Minister’s Office, sent a letter to the Norwegian government expressing his doubts and asking to renegotiate the institutional structure of the Norwegian NGO Fund in order to ensure that it serves the original goal of the strengthening and the development of the civil society. The information received by the Government has lead to the conclusion that Ökotárs has made biased decisions when distributing the funds, following the principles of a political party or satisfying the needs of a narrow ideological circle several times.
The Hungarian Government issued a letter to the domestic CEO of Ernst and Young, asking for permission to obtain the report on the usage of Norway Grants between 2008 and 2010, Deputy State Secretary for Development Policy Communication Nándor Csepreghy announced at a press conference on Friday.
Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić has thanked Viktor Orbán for Hungary’s offer of financial aid for the mitigation of flood damage in Serbia, Deputy-State Secretary for the Prime Minister’s Press Staff Bertalan Havasi told Hungarian news agency MTI.
Hungary has nominated Tibor Navracsics, Hungary's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, to serve as Commissioner in the new European Commission. The new European Commission is currently being formed following the European parliamentary elections in May and will have 28 members nominated by the governments of each member state.
The basis of the newly organised Hungarian state is a work-based society that is not liberal in nature. This was the topic of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s speech in Tusnádfürdő (Baile Tusnad, Romania) on Saturday, at the 25th Bálványos Summer Free University and Student Camp.