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Parliamentary questions
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6 March 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Csaba Molnár
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Unlawful state aid given by the Hungarian Government to Kall Ingredients Kft., which is part-owned by Lőrinc Mészáros

Kall Ingredients Kft. in Tiszapüspöki, a company part-owned by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s childhood friend Lőrinc Mészáros, who several years ago became Hungary’s richest citizen, closed the 2019 financial year with losses of EUR 17 481 million. The Government has so far thrown over HUF 60 billion of state aid in the form of non-refundable support and capital increase at the GMO-free maize-processing company. After Mátrai Erőmű Zrt., this is the second privately-owned company in the Mészáros empire to have state billions poured into it, with no account taken of public interest.

In view of the above, I would like to ask the following:

Does the Commission consider that the unlawful advantage given to Kall Ingredients Kft. by the Hungarian Government might constitute distortion of competition?

In view of the ownership of the company, which clearly involves Viktor Orbán’s close friend Lőrinc Mészáros, will the Commission investigate the possibility that corruption is involved here?

Has the Commission investigated the legality of the state aid referred to above, or will it take any action in this matter, in the light of Article 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union?

Original language of question: HU
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