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State Auditor to Freeze Public Funding for 157 Small Political Parties

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.10.06.

Hungary’s state auditor (ÁSZ) has proposed freezing state funding in respect of 157 small political parties until they can prove they are legally above-board.

Out of 173 parties screened, only three had complied with their obligation to publish financial statements and accord with transparency requirements: the Alternative Party, the AQUILA Party and the Hungarian Liberal Party, the auditor’s vice president, Magdolna Holman, told a press briefing on Wednesday.

The majority of Hungarian political parties are not eligible to receive central budget support on a regular basis, having failed the requirement to secure at least 1 percent of the vote in the last general election.

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Parties that pass the screening, however, are permitted to draw up a national list for an election and nominate candidates who can access significant amounts of public money.

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