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DK: Hungary Govt Buys Ventilators Twice as Expensive as Slovakia

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.09.09.

The Slovak government has made its ventilator purchases at some 50 percent of the price at which its Hungarian counterpart did, the deputy leader of opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) told a press conference on Tuesday.

László Varju said that the ventilators to Slovakia cost an average 27,000 euros each, while the Hungarian foreign ministry paid 54,000 euros.

Varju went on to say that Hungary had also bought Slovak-made ventilators “a lot more expensive than 27,000 euros” from a company “which could not sell a single ventilator to its own government”.

Ventilator Purchases: Potential Police Investigation in Hungary After Scandal in Slovenia
Ventilator Purchases: Potential Police Investigation in Hungary After Scandal in Slovenia

Ágnes Vadai, Member of Parliament for opposition party Democratic Coalition (DK), turned to Péter Polt, the Chief Prosecutor, with questions about the ventilators purchased at an average price of HUF 10 million during the coronavirus crisis. Polt forwarded the questions to the police in a report, so an investigation will probably be launched into the […]Continue reading

According to Varju, the figures are “further evidence for government corruption”.

In reaction, ruling Fidesz said that while the leftist opposition had been “obstructing” preventive efforts, “thousands of health, foreign affairs and law-enforcement officials were working to provide all equipment to save lives”.

Featured image by Márton Mónus/MTI