Following an inspection, the EP’s Budgetary Control Committee established that Hungary has made many positive developments since its 2011 report.
Ingeborg Grassle, head of the delegation, said the inspection looked into several EU-financed projects including the Metro line 4 and Felcsút’s dinky line.
“There is no need for sensationalism, the cooperation between the Hungarian government and the EP’s Budgetary Control Committee is perfectly normal," Grassle said. She added that this was not a political visit, and they focused on the legality of structural fund spending.
The head of the delegation said that they think of Hungary as a modern and successful member state. They have established that the general standard of living is steadily increasing.
"The Committee held talks with various civil groups. The civil groups’ main concern was the lack of transparency and efficiency in the utilization of EU finds. Grassle stated that they didn’t wish to take sides in this debate as they don’t want to be anyone’s political tool by influencing the upcoming elections," a Committee statement reads.
The State Audit Office also claims that the utilization of EU funds is more efficient and more orderly than it was during the 2007-2013 period.