Last year, Fidesz slammed the EU for reimbursing only EUR 20 million (HUF 6.6 billion) – “barely more than one percent”- of Hungary’s spending on border protection. Now, leftist daily Népszava was able to uncover what the government had spent the money on. The majority of the financial support was spent on paying ground patrols protecting the border.
Earlier, neither the government, the police, nor the defense forces were willing to report on the exact use of the EU financial support, Népszava writes.
The paper notes that the Hungarian government is pouring public money into border protection in an untraceable way, and the “invisible” state of crisis due to the supposed threat of mass migration, which has already lasted for the past five years, also enables them to keep the disbursements a secret.
This time, however, the National Police Headquarters gave a detailed answer to Népszava about the spending.
According to them, between January 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020, HUF 5.6 billion was spent on a total of 2,423,685 hours of normal and overtime work of police officers deployed in the Serbian-Hungarian border section.
The majority of the HUF 6.6 billion received from Brussels was thus used by the police, while the Defense Forces received one billion.
The paper points out that between the erection of the Röszke border fence in 2015, and August of last year, the government has spent HUF 504 billion on border protection in total.
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