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Socialists-Párbeszéd to Propose Bill on Making OLAF Reports Public

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.04.25.

The opposition Socialist-Párbeszéd alliance will propose a bill to parliament to make the reports of the European anti-fraud office (OLAF) public, the parties’ officials told a news conference on Wednesday.

Socialist (MSZP) lawmaker Ildikó Borbély Bangó noted that graft costs Hungary over 500 billion forints (EUR 1.5bn) annually, and called for the country to join the European Prosecutor’s Office.

To curb corruption, Hungarian employees should receive European wages “and not only ministers and state secretaries should be well-paid”, she said. She also called for a European minimum wage and a European family allowance.

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Párbeszéd spokesman Richárd Barabás noted that Párbeszéd MEP Benedek Jávor had submitted a draft law to the European Parliament which will oblige member states to make OLAF reports public. The bill the parties plan to submit to the Hungarian parliament would harmonise Hungarian laws with that legislation, he said.

In the featured photo: Ildikó Borbély Bangó of MSZP. Photo by Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI