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Government to provide HUF 100 mln for swimming EC

The Hungarian government promises HUF 100 million in state subsidy for the swimming European championship to be held in Budapest in August, said government spokesperson Anna Nagy.

The amount, earmarked from the general reserves of the central budget, will be guaranteed by the Human Resources Ministry, and the recipient Hungarian Swimming Association (MÚSz) is obliged to provide an itemized report on how the money is spent, Nagy said. The report will be supervised by the Government Controlling Office.

The government makes this amount available in order to avoid Hungary being disgraced, Nagy stated.

The state took on liabilities of HUF 400 million to organize the event; half of the amount had already been received by MÚSz, but half of the remaining money is still missing. When the previous government passed over the budget, the amount was not budgeted in it, the spokesperson said, adding that the current government is initiating an investigation to find out how its predecessor took on a liability without coverage.

Hungary expects some 2,000 competitors from 43 countries to the swimming championship. (