Towards a climate neutral EU:
efficient allocation of EU funds

Construction Industry Fruit Processing

Organisation: CEEweb for Biodiversity Website: Added: October 03, 2023
Project start date: October 03, 2023
Project end date: October 03, 2023


Several construction companies across Hungary have been spotlighted for procuring substantial funds, amounting to hundreds of millions, to establish fruit processing units such as apple chip manufacturing and syrup production plants. However, a common thread across these sites is the visible lack of any ongoing operations or activities. Some locations are even up for sale, and there's anticipation that post the mandatory three-year maintenance period, most will either be sold or repurposed as generic industrial warehouses. Locations: 1. Nyíradony: Characterized by its sleek, futuristic design. 2. Mezőcsát: Notable for the equipment that's currently up for sale. 3. Edelény: Remarkably resembles a vacation home with a swimming pool. 4. Tolna: Sizeable enough to accommodate an entire canning factory. 5. Szekszárd: Features nocturnal LED ambient lighting, likely a stipulation by Brussels. Moreover, while the list may not be exhaustive (e.g., leading politician's wife's "fruit processor" on the Tihany hill, which is more of a workaround to legitimize otherwise prohibited holiday constructions rather than for EU funding), it provides significant insight into the utilization of funds.

Financial data

• Amount of EU support: Hundreds of millions (specific amounts per project unknown).


Recommendations: 1. Stricter Oversight: Regulatory bodies should heighten scrutiny over projects receiving substantial funds, ensuring the money is used for its intended purpose. 2. Transparency: Companies receiving funds should be mandated to submit regular progress reports detailing project milestones and operational status. 3. Audits: Random and periodic audits should be conducted to verify the authenticity of the reported activities. 4. Recovery of Misused Funds: In cases of fraudulent activities or misuse of funds, there should be legal mechanisms to reclaim the money. 5. Public Awareness: A transparent online platform should be created, where citizens can view, monitor, and report suspicious activities related to these projects.

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The information presented here is based on the narrative provided and may not be exhaustive or up to date. Allegations unverified and recommended for further investigation.

European Climate Initiative (EUKI)
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.