Hungary faces a fine of 60-70 billion forints (EUR 190-225m) due to financial abuses linked to the Socialist-liberal administration during the metro 4 construction project, the government office chief said.
The Hungarian government has established that the abuses did indeed take place but is endeavouring to get the fine reduced through negotiations, János Lázár told his weekly press briefing. The economy minister has been asked to set aside the relevant funds in the 2018 budget without depleting funds for health care, the social sector or education, he added.
Of the 452 billion forint total cost of the metro project, corruption by the former Socialist-liberal government allegedly affected 272 billion forints, and 166 billion forints of it was likely stolen, Lázár said. Of the latter sum, 76 billion forints was provided by the EU and the rest by the Hungarian taxpayer. He noted the criminal procedures were running along two tracks.
One concerned a criminal complaint raised by the PM’s office following a report by the EU’s anti-fraud office (OLAF) while the other was an international investigation ongoing since 2011. He insisted that the latter related to a probe of
an international left-wing series of crimes
initiated by prosecutors in France, the UK and other EU countries, of which the metro 4 project was a part.
via hungarymatters.hu and MTI; featured photo: nlcafe.hu