A proposal brought forward by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to end state funding for parties from next year has apparently been dropped by the governing Fidesz after the 2013 budget plan has earmarked the same amount of funds for that purpose as in previous years.
At a party conference last month, Orbán informally suggested that the state should stop funding parties in 2013-2014 as part of an effort to cut back public spending.
The proposal was heavily criticized by opposition parties, who said lack of public funding will prompt parties to seek support from business quarters and will inevitable become financially dependent on some powerful oligarchs.
Hungarian parties will get a total HUF 3.8 billion in public funding next year, almost half of which will go to Fidesz. [napi.hu]