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Hungarian Government Laments EC Decision To Cooperate With Former Socialist PM’s Company

By Tamás Székely // 2015.04.20.

Nándor Csepreghy, deputy state secretary at the prime minister’s office, said he would ask the European Commission to reconsider an assignment given to Altus, the company of opposition politician Ferenc Gyurcsány, to monitor development policy programmes.  Altus representatives visited several ministries this past week and presented documents indicating that they have been commissioned by the EC to review development policy and institutions in Hungary for the new EU budgetary period, Csepreghy said. He said It is “incomprehensible” why the EC has decided to assign such a task to Altus, a four-member company that belongs to a politician, instead of using a major international auditor.

“Nobody can seriously believe in Hungary that the DK leader would be able to form an unbiased and objective opinion,” said Csepreghy. Gyurcsány said in a statement that Altus Co. Ltd, a company he owns, had won an assignment as the leader of a consortium composed of 11 international firms at an international open tender. The assignment involves analysing and evaluating development programmes and related documents in all 28 EU member states for the period starting in 2014, Gyurcsány added. Radical nationalist Jobbik said the assignment was “outrageous.” Party spokesman Ádám Mirkóczki said that a series of scandalous deals came to light in connection with Altus before.

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