As the Hungarian prime minister’s conflicts with the European Union appear headed to a breaking point, calls are increasing for greater scrutiny of his government’s spending of the bloc’s funds.

An opposition lawmaker in Hungary has gathered more than 470,000 signatures to pressure Prime Minister Viktor Orban into joining the budding European Public Prosecutor’s Office as Orban’s Fidesz party may be suspended or expelled this coming week from the main center-right group in the European Parliament.

The EU has allocated Hungary 25 billion euros ($28.3 billion) in the 2014-2020 budget period, but critics say funds are often spent on overpriced or unnecessary projects padding the pockets of the allies of Orban, whose anti-EU campaigns over migration policies and national sovereignty have gotten him into trouble with European People’s Party.

FILE - In this Saturday, July 11, 2015 file picture, participants in the 20th Budapest Pride march in front of the Varkert Bazar, the Castle Gardens Bazaar at the foot of Castle Hill in Budapest, Hungary. (Zsolt Szigetvary/MTI via AP, File)
FILE – In this Saturday, July 11, 2015 file picture, participants in the 20th Budapest Pride march in front of the Varkert Bazar, the Castle Gardens Bazaar at the foot of Castle Hill in Budapest, Hungary. (Zsolt Szigetvary/MTI via AP, File)
FILE- In this Monday, March 26, 2018 file picture, Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban speaks during a ceremony marking the opening of a renovated synagogue in Subotica, Serbia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)
FILE- In this Monday, March 26, 2018 file picture, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban speaks during a ceremony marking the opening of a renovated synagogue in Subotica, Serbia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)
FILE - In this May 22, 2015 file photo, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, right, and European Council President Donald Tusk, left, greet Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban during a summit in Riga, Latvia. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis, File)
FILE – In this May 22, 2015 file photo, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, right, and European Council President Donald Tusk, left, greet Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban during a summit in Riga, Latvia. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis, File)
FILE- In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, a billboard from a campaign of the Hungarian government showing EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Hungarian-American financier George Soros with the caption
FILE- In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, a billboard from a campaign of the Hungarian government showing EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Hungarian-American financier George Soros with the caption “You, too, have a right to know what Brussels is preparing to do. (AP Photo/Pablo Gorondi, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, June 28, 2018 file photo, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrives for an EU summit at the Europa building in Brussels, Belgium. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, File)
FILE – In this Thursday, June 28, 2018 file photo, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrives for an EU summit at the Europa building in Brussels, Belgium. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, File)

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