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KARÁCSONY: USE OF EU CORONAVIRUS AID SHOULD BE DECIDED BY REFERENDUM

 

Gergely Karácsony, Budapest’s mayor, has said the way EU aid is used should be decided in local referendums held by municipalities up and down the country. Local councils should receive at least half of the EU funding for handling the economic effects of the coronavirus epidemic, and the aid should be distributed in proportion to the respective local populations, Karácsony said after meeting local government leaders on Saturday, adding that popular votes could be held next spring. He said the referendum results would show that “the people’s voice is the strongest”. Karácsony, who co-leads the opposition Párbeszéd party, said localities were “in trouble” and needed EU recovery money. “No one knows better than local mayors what to spend European funds on.” The “local referendum movement”, he said, presented a “historic chance” to build a “new Hungary”.