(Re-)distribution of EU funds in Hungary
Question for written answer E-003115/2021
to the Commission
Daniel Freund (Verts/ALE), Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield (Verts/ALE), Rosa D'Amato (Verts/ALE), Alexandra Geese (Verts/ALE), Monika Vana (Verts/ALE), Niklas Nienaß (Verts/ALE), Caroline Roose (Verts/ALE)
An analysis conducted by the Hungarian anti-corruption association KELLESZ suggests that the distribution of EU funding, in particular under cohesion policy, is politically motivated: decisions to (re-)allocate EU resources are unilaterally taken by the central government, in favour of pro-government cities and municipalities. This approach does not respect the requirement for transparency and non-discrimination in the allocation of EU funds in accordance with EU law (in particular the Financial Regulation and Common Provisions Regulation). It also jeopardises the effective and efficient use of EU resources and the requirement to allocate funding according to territorial and socioeconomic needs. The Commission has been informed of these findings.
- 1.Does the Commission agree that the Hungarian Government is not upholding important principles governing the use of EU and cohesion policy funding, as proven by the above-mentioned analysis?
- 2.What measures does the Commission intend to take in order to end discrimination, defend the EU’s financial interests and ensure transparency?
- 3.Should the Commission agree with our assessment of the situation, when will it apply sanctions to the Hungarian Government, such as financial corrections or the interruption or suspension of payments, in accordance with EU law?