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New bodies to promote development policy

Hungary needs a transparent and effective system of institutions to coordinate the use of EU development funds, government commissioner for development policy Gordon Bajnai told a press conference on Friday.

Bajnai said the overall funding was equivalent to Ft 8 trillion during the EU's 2007-2013 financial period. The National Development Council (NFT), an advisory body set up recently by the government and led by Bajnai, will closely cooperate with the Development Policy Directorate (FIT) and the National Development Agency (NAÜ). Bajnai said the government will continue to take all major decisions, with the NFT acting only as an advisor. The FIT will be headed by Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány, with Bálint Magyar of the junior governing free democrats (SzDSz) as his deputy. Government commissioner in charge of state reform Tibor Draskovics will sit in on the directorate's meetings. The NAÜ will be put in charge of implementing development policies.
Hungary's second national development plan will soon be completed, Bajnai said. The draft will be put to a social debate in August and September, then submitted to the senior decision-making bodies of the European Union in late September.