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Gov’t considering measures to support troubled Hungarian food companies

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The government is considering a package of measures aimed at providing state support to help consolidate Hungarian companies whose operations are necessary to ensure the security of supply and demand for domestic agricultural goods and which represent a significant source of employment, Rural Development Minister Sandor Fazekas stated.

Mr Fazekas’s statement came in response to a written question by parliamentary group leader of the governing Fidesz party, Janos Lazar addressed to Prime Minister Viktor Orban regarding whether the government intends to rescue financially troubled sausage maker Gyulai Huskombinat.

Mr Fazekas said under a draft package of measures the state would assume a role in the management and ownership of companies that receive state financial assistance until they repay the support.

The draft measures were drawn up by a working committee initiated by the rural development ministry which included officials from all affected ministries, Mr Fazekas said in the response, adding that he will submit the draft before the Competition Council in February.

There could be a need for legislative amendments to carry out the measures, he said.

The ministry plans to act together with national economy and the development ministries, state assets manager MNV and state development bank MFB to draw a list of companies that could be effected by the scheme, to draw out the techniques and to secure funding, Mr Fazekas said.

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