Orbán’s trust in Flórián Farkas is unwavering: The price is 2.5 billion forints

I’m somewhat late in reporting on the latest developments surrounding the infamous Flórián Farkas, Viktor Orbán’s “strategic Roma ally.” Farkas is a Fidesz member of parliament, commissioner in charge of Roma affairs, and chairman of Lungo Drom. He is the man who delivers the Gypsy vote for Fidesz.

Over the years it became evident that, under Farkas’s watch, billions of EU money designed for a project called “Road to Employment” had disappeared. This left the Országos Roma Önkormányzat (ORÖ/National Roma Self-government) bankrupt.

In February 2015 Ákos Hadházy, then a new member of LMP who specialized in tracking down corruption cases, discovered a massive embezzlement of about 1.6 billion forints ($5.5 million), which the organization was supposed to spend on a work program for the unemployed Roma. The prosecutor’s office began investigating the case. Two years later they were still investigating. In the meantime Flórián Farkas disappeared from sight, I assume in order not to call attention to himself. He may also have also been working behind the scenes to save his skin. The prosecutors either had to abandon the case or bring charges against Farkas by June 24, 2017. Farkas, by the way, has the reputation of being a real survivor. He’s had some very close brushes with the law but has always managed to escape prosecution.

While the prosecutors were allegedly investigating the case, the ministry of human resources, which is responsible for Roma affairs, began an investigation of its own. It came to the conclusion that almost all the money ORÖ received had been “diverted.” The Gypsy organization was told that it would have to reimburse the ministry for the more than 1.6 billion forints it received. In the first eleven months ORÖ was to pay only five million forints per month, or 3% of the total obligation. Over the next 12 months, however, the balance of the diverted funds was to be paid back to the ministry. But where was ORÖ going to find that much money?

The Orbán government solved ORÖ’s “financial difficulties.” You may recall that at the end of 2016 the Orbán government found itself flush with cash. In a great hurry it disbursed about 300 billion forints among its favorite organizations and projects, including 1.3 billion forints to ORÖ in the form of “special assistance.” So, that problem was solved. The Orbán government on taxpayer money covered the funds Flórián Farkas and his accomplices had embezzled. In fact, the government had no choice. OLAF, EU’s anti-corruption office, had begun an investigation, and it was becoming obvious that this money would have to be paid back one way or the other. Since the original money was gone, the government had to dish out the missing funds.

The prosecutor’s office faced a deadline of June 24 of this year to determine what to do with Farkas. That dilemma was solved on May 29 when László Kövér and Flórián Farkas signed another “strategic alliance” between Fidesz and Lungo Drom. This time the signing ceremony was nothing like four years ago when the whole media reported on the official ceremony at which Viktor Orbán and Flórián Farkas signed the agreement. This time the ceremony was held not in the parliament building but in the modest Fidesz headquarters on Lendvay utca, and the organizers made sure that only the state television station’s journalist and cameraman were present. In the last minute the Fidesz organizers brought the event forward by two hours but neglected to inform all the other members of the media.

László Kövér and Flórián Farkas / Source: MTI

While the short ceremony was taking place, the prime minister, who happened to be in Hódmezővásárhely at the time, said that his trust in Farkas was unbroken and that Farkas would remain the number one leader of the Hungarian Roma as far as the Hungarian government is concerned. Indeed, ever since 2002 Lungo Drom has been a strong supporter of Fidesz. I’m sure that Orbán also appreciates that Farkas didn’t abandon him when in that year Fidesz lost the election. Farkas remained faithful to him through eight hard years in opposition.

After the signing Ildikó Lendvai, the former leader of the MSZP parliamentary delegation, wrote an amusing piece titled “The wolf is inside.” It was a take on a children’s game called “the lamb is in, the wolf is out” (Benn a bárány, kinn a farkas). “Farkas” in Hungarian means wolf. In the game children form a circle. One child, the lamb, is inside and another, the wolf, is outside. The goal is for the wolf to catch the lamb. Clearly, Farkas is safe now, inside the circle. No one will catch him for at least five more years.

Although there were rumors to the effect that Farkas’s position inside of Lungo Drom had been considerably weakened, he managed to continue in his position as chairman of the organization. In the middle of June it was reported that Farkas had resorted to trickery in order to remain in power. Instead of holding a formal meeting of the leaders, he organized a dinner party where his friends and supporters unanimously voted for his reelection. At the same time he set up a new Roma organization called “Roma Integrációért Országos Szövetség” (National Association for Roma Integration) which will be eligible to apply for EU funding. That really boggles the mind.

As for the debt of ORÖ, one would think that by now ORÖ had paid back everything it owed the ministry of human resources thanks to the government’s generosity. But in the last few months it came to light that the total amount of embezzled money was not 1.6 billion forints but 2.5 billion and therefore the “special assistance” of the Orbán government was insufficient to cover all the debts.

Although Ákos Hadházy still believes that Farkas is criminally liable and that the possibility exists of filing charges against him, I don’t think too many people would wager much money on such an eventuality.

July 10, 2017
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exTor
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Another reason that Orbán Hitler likes Flórián Farkas is that Double Eff is one of the few males in Fidesz who is actually shorter than OH.

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Saint Florian is the patron saint of (amongst others) chimneysweeps and firefighters, which seems appropriate given that Double Eff came through putting out a brushfire that could have become problematic for Fidesz.

MAGYARKOZÓ

Member

Another reason that VO continues to support FF is that they may be cousins and family is a very important connection in some societies (like the current White House).

exTor
Guest

Viktor Orbán and Flórián Farkas cousins? First? Where did that come from, stemcellres? Are you trying to roast a canard à la Hungarian Spectrum? Did a Magyar whisper in your ear that Orbán is part-Roma? You wouldn’t have to go far to find a believer in what passes for a Magyarland urban legend. Fess up, what’s the reason for the misprobe? Goofing on Egri Bikavér?

MAGYARKOZÓ

Melanie Zuben
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Just for the record:
This morning I was reading the Hungarian Spectrum (about 10.30 am Australian time, 2.30 am Hungarian time) when I received 2 x threatening messages on my screen. I’m still in shock!
(I hope “Robin Hood” is reading this.)

exTor
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Are we to presume an HS connect ???

MAGYARKOZÓ

exTor
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10:30 AM Oz time ??? There’s more than one Australian timezone, Melanie. On that continent, there could be 3 or 5 different times, depending on the DST [Daylight Saving Time].

So, let me get this straight. On June 10th, at about 8:30 PM EST, which is the timezone of the Hungarian Spectrum timestamps, you were reading HS when you received 2 [TWO !!!] threatening (unspecified) screen messages.

The presumption is that ‘Robin Hood, somehow connected to HS, perped it. You were so freaked-out over the poltergeisting that you waited over 2 hours [10:48 PM] to warn the Hungarian Spectrum readership.

We appreciate the thought, Melanie Zuben. I aint worried, however. I probably wont be bothered by ghosts in my machine. I use a Macintosh MacBook Pro and, as you should well know, Macs are relatively more impervious to contamination than run-of-the-mill computers. It’s the OS.

MAGYARKOZÓ

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Poor Melanie!
Do you remember the threatening messages our hostess got here regularly? Did she start to cry like you?
No, she just deleted them – you should do the same.

Melanie Zuben
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exTor/ wolfi,
Just to avoid misunderstanding: my post was “just for the record”. I did not get into details for a reason. Up on the high horsie again? 🙂 And I do NOT need your sympathy!

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Whining about this here(and not giving any details) means at least for me that you are making a connection between that harassing and HS.
A bit of advice:
You really should look for another vehicle for your “comments” which are totally irrelevant for us living in Hungary and annoying too – why don’t you start your own blog on wordpress?

exTor
Guest

There would be no misunderstanding, Melanie Zuben, if you had not informed the Hungarian Spectrum readership that you had visitations. At first I thought that something other than emails had occurred, say a slow-moving virus that was taking over your machine. Now I know otherwise.

So, “[you] do NOT need [our] sympathy!” No probs, none expressed. Can you reciprocate by not sending inappropriate posts to this forum? Thanx.

MAGYARKOZÓ

dos929
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All this ‘Farkas’ affair is just the tip of the iceberg. This, and all the other financial manipulations are not the exception, but the hallmark of this regime that consists of common criminals. Orban et al are the real terrorists of Hungary and the EU. Discarding the years of communist rule under the Russian ‘supervision’ the damage they have caused to the millions of Hungarians and to the country is unprecedented in the era of post-war Europe. The immense poverty and terrible conditions under which the gypsy population lives generation after generation has only worsened under the Orban regime. Farkas does nothing different from ALL the other privileged members of the regime. Proportionally to the size of Hungary the scale, extent and boldness of the organised skimming of the country’s assets by the Orban regime is unmatched by any mafia organisation anywhere. Personally, I am sick and tired of all the excuses that made by many about the appeasement policies of the EU that tolerates AND finances such a gang of common criminals. In modern post-war Europe, or in any civilised democracy, after just one of those thousands of criminal acts that the FIDESZ under Orban has committed would result… Read more »
Jean P.
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“Short of uprising what can anyone do after having taken away all democratic means of fighting this regime?”

Shouting “We are not afraid” in the streets doesn´t seem to be the solution.

wrfree
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‘Custom adjusts itself to expediency’.. Tacitus
Question is ‘where to next?’. At this point it may seem the odds are better that we will discover the impenetrable secrets of ‘Creation’ than to have forints kept away from bouncing into the corrupted coffers of the Magyar state. One of the greatest ‘kachinging’ slot machines in all of Europe as the ‘customers’ get fleeced.

ambator
Member

The opportunity to make all kinds of jokes at the expense of the government, ORban and Farkas is almost irresistible. However, it would be worthwhile to consider what is behind the almost ironclad protection Farkas enjoys from Orban.
My suspicion is that all the 2.5 billion could not be squandered, only a part of it. The bulk was forwarded to Orban, either for the party coffers, or for the private enrichment of himself and his minions. Farkas is a clever but uneducated man, who is actually a liability to Orban in a corruption case as an accomplice, he cannot afford to let Farkas out of his sight for a moment, because the chance of a blunder, or black mail is nearly infinite. They are, for now, tied at the hip (packet), until the proper prosecution will start to reveal the facts. But that is a bit further down the road.

exTor
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http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/video-messages-from-the-dead-of-srebrenica-07-07-2017

On this day commenced what has become known as the Srebrenica Massacre, where more than 8000 mostly men and boys were killed for their ethnicity: Muslim Bosniak. This genocide, as it came to be deemed, was committed by elements of the Bosnian Serb Army commanded by General Ratko Mladić, whose trial in The Hague began May 2012.

That ‘trial’ of Ratko Mladić [74] is still ongoing.

Srebrenica is just one major reason that the existence of the European Union must be ensured. Without this component of globalism the world will be subject to ongoing wars. Check out the videos in the link.

MAGYARKOZÓ

györgy1948
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Let’s make this situation clear: Farkas is head of a Fidesz-loyal gipsy mafia which controls the poor gipsy votes all over Hungary. As long as his cronies continue to supply the votes Farkas will stay and will be protected. In rural regions roma voters are directed to take a picture with their phones of their ballots (showing the vote for Fidesz or whatever the voting is about, like at the migrant referendum the pro-government vote) and directed to forward the pic to a designated local Fidesz/gipsy consiglieri. If somebody fails to do so he/she or his/her relatives will simply not get the public work mandate also known as fostered work opportunity of which there’s limited supply and about which the local mayor personally decides. Romas know that it’s much more convenient to receive the local fostered work (which mostly does not involve any real work but only a subordinate power situation) than to commute to e.g. a Tesco grocery store in another town where real work is actually expected from said poor gipsy. Rural mayors (even if independent politically) will in turn receive fostered work quotas (the ability to dole out some money in return for this pseudo-work) in proportion… Read more »
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Thanks for describing this “perfect” mafia system – I always thought this type of corruption was only possible in rural Africa, but it seems Hungary is really still an underdeveloped country.

A bit OT:
I’ve written about this before: The British husband of one of my sisters worked for a global company in Budapest 20 years ago – and he got so angry that he swore he would never return because of the corruption he encountered.
Seems that nothing has changed …

exTor
Guest

Corruption exists everywhere, wolfi7777, not just in Hungary. What differentiates this particular Roma/Gypsy example of vote controlling and other types of corruption, eg: contract-bid securing in the US or the UK, is the way that corruption seemingly has worked its way further into the fabric of Hungarian life. I thank györgy1948 for this eyeopener.

MAGYARKOZÓ

Member

I wrote it before:
Last year, when my nephew (30) went home from his visit to us, I told him: “maradj otthon maradj Europaban!”.
He honestly answered, that he has to go, because the major expects it from him.
He lives a simple live with animals and farming in a very small village in Baranya county and gets the Köz munka money without having to work for it.

exTor
Guest

That’s Ciudad Juárez [Chihuahua, Mexico] and I guess I’d rather be walking in Stockholm than in CJ, especially if I were female, Observer.

There is nothing “absolutely false” about my corruption contention. I was not trying to make a false equivalence between Hungary and a better-off Eurocountry. Wait until the Trump corruption shit hits the fan in the US.

MAGYARKOZÓ

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exTor
Pls don’t use this absolutely false “corruption exists everywhere” – e.g. there is murder in Stockholm and in Suidad Juares , where would you choose to walk at night?

exTor
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I guess your nephew gets his monthly ‘közpénz’ from the postie, as many Magyars get their government money. Or is his put in his bank account?

This ‘közpénz’ is like welfare in the US or pogey in Canada. I’m ambivalent about it. Given that there is no real work in Hungary, especially in the countryside, where there is a lot of rural poor (as in North America), given that Gypsies/Roma are not a favored people in Hungary, given a certain cultural expectation amongst the Roma, there is not much any government can do about the necessity of ‘közpénz’.

MAGYARKOZÓ

exTor
Guest

http://hirtv.hu/ahirtvhirei/pecsett-is-rakaptak-a-soros-plakatok-atirasara-1399110

A short vid on some activists refacing an antiSoros billboard.

Another video (which I unfortunately cannot now find) showed a bunch of people actually tearing apart the paper that made up an antiSoros sign. A cop was taking pictures of the people doing the sign removing, however he did not attempt to stop the action.

Good to see this debranding of Fidesz. In the West it’s called Culture Jamming, an action I support. These activists will likely face charges, however the openness of what they’re doing, as opposed to (say) some nighttime stealth, is what is needed to get the message out that there is active opposition to Orbán Hitler’s latest atrocity.

MAGYARKOZÓ

wrfree
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Re: ‘ A cop was taking pictures of the people doing the sign removing, however he did not attempt to stop the action’

Previously I saw some posters removed and wondered what happened to those who took it down. Arrested or what?

The world knew about what happened to the US fellow who came back from North Korea in a coma. He liked a poster of the ‘Great Exalted One’ too much and unfortunately paid for it.

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