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The Norwegian NGO Fund should be used free from party politics with the broad support of the civil society

Prime Minister’s Office, June 13, 2014 9:38 AM

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.