DK seeks answer whether government plans to purchase ‘new spyware’
Sandor Ronai, an MEP of the opposition Democratic Coalition (DK), said on Sunday they expect the government to indicate if "the national security service has plans to purchase any new spyware" in future.
Ronai told an online press conference that the government has “dramatically increased the budget” of the security service by allocating them 23 billion forints (EUR 59m). Ronai said that according to press reports, “the money would be spent on some mysterious IT and technological upgrade”.
The European Parliament’s Pegasus committee will pay a visit to Hungary on February 20-21 to investigate “in what ways the Orban government has used the Pegasus spyware for wiretapping Hungarian people,” said Ronai, who acts as a vice president of the committee.
He said that the committee would also hear Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga.