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Talks With EP Cont Committee Delegation 'Objective' - Minister

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Talks with members of the European Parliament's Budgetary Control Committee on a fact-finding mission in Hungary were "objective" and the sides strived for "mutual understanding", Regional Development Minister Tibor Navracsics told journalists on Wednesday, state news wire MTI writes.

Navracsics said the delegation had been informed of the structure and key aspects of Hungary's use of European Union funding and asked questions. It was "noticeable", he added, that the members of the delegation hadn't read the background materials with which they were provided, and the opinions of a number of them were "shaped by political prejudice".

Members raised the issue of Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony's complaints that the capital is being treated "unfairly" by the central government, and were told the matter is not an issue of "party politics" but of richer local councils accepting their burden in the interest of the convergence of poorer municipal councils, Navracsics said. That applies not only to Budapest but to other "well-off" local councils such as Debrecen's, Győr's, Székesfehérvár's, and Veszprém's, he added.

The members were informed of the government's commitment to bringing the share of single-offer public procurement procedures under the 15% EU average.

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