ÁSz discovers Ft 3.7 bln discrepancy in Ökotám

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According to the ÁSz, the municipalities disbursed the funds on projects the costs of which were not fully covered.

Nearly two-thirds of Hungary’s 298 municipalities have unlawfully applied for a combined Ft 3.7 billion in state grants to finance local public works investments under the government’s “Ökotám” program during the past two years, a fresh report by the State Audit Office (ÁSz) showed. According to the ÁSz, the municipalities disbursed the funds on projects the costs of which were not fully covered. Local residents of these towns and villages were required to put up a total Ft 27.6 billion of their own resources to be entitled for the state grant, however, only a fraction of this was readily available when the investments were started, the authority said. It recommended that the municipalities pay back Ft 3.1 billion into the state coffers. (Napi Gazdaság)

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