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Orban Agrees to Set Up Anti-Graft Agency to Unlock EU Funds

  • Hungary under pressure to address rule-of-law concerns
  • Anti-corruption activists voice skepticism about plan
Viktor Orban 

Viktor Orban 

Photographer: Valeria Mongelli/Bloomberg
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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban signed a decree to establish an anti-corruption agency, a potentially bold step to address graft and rule-of-law concerns that have blocked crucial European Union funding.

The agency will be tasked with intervening in cases where Hungarian authorities have failed to prevent “fraud, conflict of interest, corruption and other illegalities or irregularities” that jeopardize the handling of EU funds, according to the decree published late Monday.