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Parliamentary questions
5 April 2017
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Benedek Jávor (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Disbursement of all ESI funds in Hungary before the next elections

Article 4(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 sets out the goals for ESI funds, which implementing Member States are expected to follow. In the last few months, the Hungarian Government has repeatedly declared its intention to spend as much EU money as possible in the years 2017-2018 and intends to publish all calls for proposal this week. This means that a disproportionately large part of EU money available for the 2014-2020 funding period would be disbursed just before the 2018 national elections.

This is not only unethical, but runs counter to the Union strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Moreover, with the main aim of spending EU funds as quickly as possible, the move would undoubtedly lead, to a large extent, to an inefficient and ineffective use of Union public resources.

1. Does the Commission agree with this assessment? If so, what steps does it plan to take to ensure the best possible use of EU funds and prevent the eventualities outlined above from occurring?

2. Does the Commission believe that the mass publication in one go of calls for proposal for the entire funding period best serves the desirable goal of an efficient and effective use of the EU budget? If not, does the Commission intend to challenge this move?

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