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Parliamentary questions
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8 April 2020
P-002193/2020
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Csaba Molnár
 Subject: Direct EU subsidies for local authorities in capital cities which have become focal points of the COVID-19 virus

The COVID-19 pandemic appeared and spread very quickly through all the Member States, which as a result are having to deal with huge economic and social damage and loss of life. Statistics from a number of sources clearly show that capital cities in the Member States are the population centres hardest hit by the crisis. As it is the governments of the Member States that decide how to use the EU funds transferred under the Commission’s Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative and the proposal on financial support from the European Union Solidarity Fund, and since, in Hungary, the dictatorial system set up by the Orbán Government means that towns and cities governed by opposition parties – including Budapest, which is the place hardest hit by coronavirus – are receiving no EU funding at all, I would like to ask the Commission the following:

Will it transfer further funding to EU capitals in the near future to tackle the crisis, so as to increase the effectiveness of anti-coronavirus measures?

In view of the problems in the distribution of funding referred to above, does the Commission agree that it is necessary to find a solution and provide assistance to settlements where opposition parties are in power in order to tackle the coronavirus crisis, the most obvious solution being to give EU financial support directly to the capitals of the Member States?

What action will the Commission take in cases where EU funding to fight the COVID-19 crisis is being distributed disproportionately and dishonestly?

Original language of question: HU
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