The letter that that European Commission sent to Hungary on launching the conditionality mechanism has been leaked to 24.hu, writes Telex. The 44-page letter mostly provides details on public procurement issues, and explains how they harm the EU budget and the rule of law.
The letter finds systemic violations in the distribution of cohesion fund money, referring to an investigation by EU anti-fraud office OLAF into 35 public lighting tenders that were won by a former company of István Tiborcz, the Prime Minister’s son-in-law. In the end, the Hungarian state decided to pay for these projects out of its own budget instead of repaying the aid to the European Commission.
Other concerns listed in the letter are serious problems with conflicts of interest, and the fact that around a fifth of EU funding has been granted to a small group of people since 2010.
However, there are no references to the Hungarian family protection law or anti-LGBTQ measures in the letter, which the Hungarian government has claimed is the real reason for launching the mechanism. [Telex]