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Coronavirus – Socialists Ask PMO Head about ‘Botched’ Application for EC Job Support Funding

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.10.05.

Socialist MEP István Ujhelyi has submitted a written query to the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, asking for an explanation on Hungary’s “failed” application for the European Commission’s funding designed to mitigate unemployment risks.

The EC’s instrument for temporary Support to mitigate Unemployment Risks in an Emergency (SURE) was launched on August 24, and has since disbursed 87.4 billion euros to 16 member states. The instrument has been created to support countries hit by the coronavirus epidemic, by disbursing loans to support short-term work schemes and other measures.

Ujhelyi told an online press conference on Saturday that Poland had received 11.4 billion euros, and the Czech Republic 2 billion euros.

Hungary’s application was the only one the EC rejected, Ujhelyi said. “The Orbán government botched something again,” he added.

Hungary Rolling Jobless Rate 4.6% in June-August
Hungary Rolling Jobless Rate 4.6% in June-August

Hungary’s three-month rolling average jobless rate was 4.6 percent in June-August, edging down 0.2 percentage point from the previous period, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said on Tuesday. The rate which unemployment among those between the ages of 15 and 74 was 1.2 percentage points higher than a year earlier. In absolute terms, there were […]Continue reading

Ujhelyi said he has asked Gulyás to provide detailed information about the Hungarian application and the EC’s reasoning for rejecting it, and on the sectors and the number of jobs the government was going to protect with the funds.

The coronavirus epidemic has hit hard hundreds of thousands who lost most of their income while their living costs remained the same, Ujhelyi said. The Socialists aim to distribute the wealth produced by the public equally and so it creates opportunities for everyone, he said. The government “has an obligation” to support the protection of all jobs equally, he said.

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