The next meetings of the Permanent Hungarian Conference (Máért) and the Diaspora Council will be held online due to the coronavirus pandemic on November 26, State Secretary Árpád János Potápi said on Saturday.
Potápi said that the two waves of the epidemic “confined Hungary and the diaspora within four walls” and programmes needed to be reorganised online. He added, however, that modern technology facilititated reaching out to another 10,000 ethnic Hungarians, with whom, he said, ties would be maintained in future. So far, 45,000 ethnic Hungarians have been involved in the government’s programmes, Potápi noted.
The government is supporting 261 cultural projects across the diaspora in 2020, using a budget of 364 million forints (EUR 1m), while 116 bidders in open tenders have won 141 million forints, the state secretary said. He added that the government would use a similar-size budget to help diaspora Hungarians next year. “No programme will be cancelled,” Potápi said.
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