Népszava claims Budapest to get no EU funding, ITM refutes
According to a document obtained by Népszava, Budapest would not receive any development funding in the next eight years, a claim that Minister of Innovation and Technology László Palkovics had refuted.
Népszava published what it says is a presentation on the support of the operational programs under Hungary’s EU 2021-27 budget cycle, made by the Ministry for Innovation and Technology. The document shows that Budapest will not receive any EU development money for the next eight years.
According to the paper, tourist spots away from the capital will be highlighted as the future beneficiaries of development, in areas such as Lake Balaton, the Danube Bend, the region around Lake Fertő, the Upper Tisza and Tokaj, and Hortobágy and Debrecen. At Lake Balaton and around Tokaj, developments are expected to be undertaken by companies belonging to Lőrinc Mészáros.
Benedek Jávor, head of the capital’s office in Brussels, said it was a "political revenge" that Fidesz had lost control of Budapest in last year’s local elections. Minister of Innovation and Technology László Palkovics, appearing on ATV’s morning broadcast, denied any of this would be the case.
The Ministry fo Innovation and Technology also responded directly to Népszava in a statement. It insists that the government is not taking any resources from Budapest and has not made any decision on the use of resources for the next EU financial cycle, mainly because there is no agreement on the common budget for 2021-2027, the positions of the European Commission and the member states.
SUPPORT THE BUDAPEST BUSINESS JOURNAL
Producing journalism that is worthy of the name is a costly business. For 27 years, the publishers, editors and reporters of the Budapest Business Journal have striven to bring you business news that works, information that you can trust, that is factual, accurate and presented without fear or favor.
Newspaper organizations across the globe have struggled to find a business model that allows them to continue to excel, without compromising their ability to perform. Most recently, some have experimented with the idea of involving their most important stakeholders, their readers.
We would like to offer that same opportunity to our readers. We would like to invite you to help us deliver the quality business journalism you require. Hit our Support the BBJ button and you can choose the how much and how often you send us your contributions.