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February 8, 2023

Non-reimbursable state funds for Minister Borbely’s foundation?

The Cultural Foundation ‘Dr. Bernard Gyorgy,’ headed by Environment Minister Laszlo Borbely, was the beneficiary of non-reimbursable state funds over the last five years, claim the journalists of the ‘Ring’ tabloid, quoted by Mediafax. According to the source, this year the foundation was granted by the Interethnic Relations Department (DRI) non-reimbursable financing worth about EUR 5,500. In 2010 too, the DRI – an institution of the Romanian government that reports to the prime minister, which is financed from the budget of the General Secretariat of the Govern­ment – concluded a non-reimbursable financing contract for the project named ‘Cultural autonomy for minorities, a solution?’ run by the ‘Dr. Bernard Gyorgy’ Foundation, adds the source. The contract amounted to some EUR 8,600. Additionally, the ONG was paid by the same source another EUR 8,100 in 2009, and even in 2006 it might have received DRI financing for two of Borbely’s projects, but the sums were not made public on the internet site of the institution. One year later, the foundation signed a contract for another grant worth approximately EUR 14,000. In 2008, DRI supported the foundation twice – with a contract worth EUR 2,400 and another of an undisclosed value. These contracts are not present in the minister’s statement of interests, according to ‘Ring’. Laszlo Borbely yesterday rejected as “disinformation and intentional lies” the accusations against the cultural foundation whose president he is, saying that the foundation operates in full compliance with the law. Moreover, he claims that the foundation does not even belong to him and he only acts as president on voluntary basis, without being paid.

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