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Govt Expands Support for Transcarpathian Hungarians

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.07.01.

The Hungarian government is expanding the scope of its 2.56 billion forints (EUR 7.2m) support scheme for Hungarian communities in Transcarpathia to Hungarians in almost all walks of life, a government official said on Wednesday.

The scheme offers support for teachers working in Hungarian, music and art teachers, health-care workers, media employees and performers and librarians working in Hungarian, Árpád János Potápi said. It has now been expanded to fund the work of children’s homes employees and coaches, as well as Hungarian clergymen, he said.

Hungarian communities in Transcarpathia, in western Ukraine, are among the most vulnerable, Potápi said, pledging that the Hungarian government will do everything in its power to enable them to make a living in their homelands.

The scheme was launched in 2015 with a budget of 791 million forints, Potápi noted. By 2020, the funding increased to 2.56 billion, he added.

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The scheme provided one-off wage supplements to some 15,000 people in 2019, he said.

László Brenzovics, head of the Transcarpathian Hungarian Cultural Association, thanked the Hungarian government for its support, saying that without it, the world economic crisis and the military conflict in eastern Ukraine would have made it impossible to maintain Hungarian institutions in the region.

featured image: Brenzovics (l) and Potápi; via János Nemes/MTI