Hungary’s economic statistics demonstrate the nation doesn’t suffer from systematic corruption, its foreign minister has advised Euronews.
Péter Szijjártó was hitting at a report by OLAF, the EU’s anti-fraud office, so there were irregularities concerning Hungary’s usage of the bloc’s cohesion funds.
Szijjártó, Hungary’s foreign and commerce minister, said he didn’t understand how OLAF had come to the decision.
“Look at states with severe corruption issues… if there is a systematic speed of corruption then cash disappears.
He said Hungary’s growth and employment rates demonstrated there wasn’t any corruption issue.
This was the maximum percentage in the EU.
When asked about why the anti-fraud bureau said there have been irregularities, Szijjártó responded: “Ask them. I don’t understand.”
Transparency International rankings Hungary 64 from 180 nations on its corruption perceptions index.
It’s rated at the base of the corruption indicator for EU nations, third-cheapest after Bulgaria and Greece.