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Irregularities Of Eu Cohesion Funds: The Hungarian Perspective


  • Andras TORMA

    (University professor, University of Miskolc, HUNGARY.)

  • Szandra SZABO

    (Attorney-at-law, Budapest HUNGARY.)


In practice, during the actual use of EU cohesion funds – not only in Hungary, but also in all EU member states – unlawful acts, omissions and acts contrary to the funding contract are usually taken. There are several forms and reasons of breaching a funding rule, which can be committed not only by a beneficiary, but also by the financial supporter. Such breaches and omissions are called irregularity, its examination and legal consequences are specified partly in EU law, partly in national law. In Hungarian law the irregularity procedure is such a special procedure that is governed by civil law and administrative law jointly, the border line is hard to define. Although the practical experiences show that irregularities are not always attributable to the beneficiaries, the problem has deeper roots. The institutional system and its operation, the legal rules – which all are established by the state – (may) play a great role in the commitment of irregularities. Serious legal questions are raised regarding the irregularity procedures however, the academic life deals less with it than it would be necessary. However, the easy understanding of the present complex regulation would be particularly relevant in practice, during the actual use of subsidies and when beneficiaries are exercising their rights. These made necessary the practical summary of the Hungarian experiences from the last 15 years with the purpose of drafting a guideline for preventing future irregularities. This is the topic of the present study.

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  • Andras TORMA & Szandra SZABO, 2021. "Irregularities Of Eu Cohesion Funds: The Hungarian Perspective," Curentul Juridic, The Juridical Current, Le Courant Juridique, Petru Maior University, Faculty of Economics Law and Administrative Sciences and Pro Iure Foundation, vol. 85, pages 13-19, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:pmu:cjurid:v:85:y:2021:p:13-19

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    EU cohesion funds; irregularity procedure; funding contract; funding legal relationship; financial supporter and beneficiary;
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    • K4 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior


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