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Parliamentary questions
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26 July 2018
E-004163-18
Question for written answer E-004163-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Kati Piri (S&D)

 Subject:  Corruption and misuse of EU funds in Hungary
 Answer in writing 

It has been reported(1) that large amounts of EU funds have been misused under the Ignác Darányi Plan in Hungary. This programme was designed to support economic development in rural areas and provides funding for individuals to run small, family-run hotels in order to facilitate tourism. However, as these hotels can be declared private homes after five years, many of these ‘hotels’ have never seen a tourist, so often the money is de facto used to improve family homes. As this programme is largely funded by the European Union, the following questions arise:

How much EU money is designated for the Ignác Darányi Plan in total?

Is the Commission monitoring expenditure under the Ignác Darányi Plan and will the Hungarian Government have to compensate for any misused funds, or will there be sanctions if corruption is found to have occurred?

For what reason are there apparently no criteria with regard to the need for the investments, as many of these ‘hotels’ are in small villages which only a few tourists might visit?

(1)http://hungarianspectrum.org/2018/07/25/european-union-money-for-village-tourism/

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