The Hungarian government’s development policy performed phenomenally well last year - the government published calls for proposals by March 2017 and EU grants will be awarded by spring this year.
Nándor Csepreghy, minister of state at the Prime Minister’s Office, said that, compared with the previous seven-year EU development period, between 2014-2020 bidders will not be required to finish projects in a rush.
The minister of state pointed out that as part of 546 calls for proposals some 9,630 billion HUF was made available to bidders. Grants worth 2,488 billion HUF were paid to successful bidders last year and the figure was higher than planned, he added.
The government sent invoices totaling 2.4 billion EUR to Brussels by the end of last year, and the European Commission has transferred more than 2.1 billion EUR already, he said.
Minister Csepreghy stressed it is certain today that there will be a common development policy in the European Union beyond 2020, and the most important question is for what purposes and in what form funds will be available.
He added that the Hungarian government takes the view that we need a stronger European Union. To this end, the nation states must be strengthened, and that should be the purpose of EU development funds.