Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony was in Brussels over the weekend to tell the EU that “Hungary needs EU funds, and can only recover from the economic crisis and rising prices through European subsidies,” the mayor wrote on Facebook.
Karácsony wrote that the Hungarian government must adhere to democratic norms, and the EU should strengthen the role of local municipalities.
Appearing in the photo with his post was Benedek Jávor, the Mayor’s advisor for EU affairs.
In February, the European Parliament voted in favor of a report sponsored by Momentum MEP Katalin Cseh, which is designed to allow cities to apply for EU funding directly and circumvent state intervention in the process. [Magyar Hang]