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Gergely Gulyás noted that the European Commission published a migration action plan last week, which he described as “shocking”, given that it coincided with the battle against pandemic and budget talks.
Ungarn und Polen sind erneut die schwarzen Schafe der Europäischen Union, weil wir darauf bestehen, das ursprüngliche Abkommen über den EU-Haushalt und den Wiederauffüllungsfonds beizubehalten, das der Europäische Rat im vergangenen Juli vorgelegt hat.
Hungary and Poland are once again the black sheep of the European Union because we insist on keeping to the original agreement on the EU budget and recovery fund, delivered by the European Council this past July.
“Our primary goal was that these European resources should be distributed fairly and on objective criteria. Giving in to any blackmail or some countries pressing others and setting subjective criteria were out of the question,” the foreign minister said.
Conditions approved by Hungary’s parliament regarding the EU’s coronavirus rescue package lay out a clear set of principles to be applied by the government at the upcoming EU summit focusing on the bloc’s next budget.
„Im Moment sind wir weit davon entfernt, eine Einigung zu erzielen. Es gibt zwei Positionen. Wir werden die Verhandlungen irgendwann in der Zukunft fortsetzen“, sagte Premierminister Orbán nach dem zweitägigen Gipfeltreffen des Europäischen Rates in Brüssel zum bevorstehenden Siebenjahresbudget der EU.
Significant progress has been made in the region over the past 15 years, but local infrastructure is still not on par with that in the West. At the same time, western European companies have staked out local markets.
“Right now, we are very far from coming to an agreement. There are two positions. We will continue negotiations sometime in the future,” PM Orbán said following the two-day European Council summit in Brussels on the EU’s upcoming seven-year budget.
Nach dem gestrigen Treffen mit dem Präsidenten des Europäischen Rates, Charles Michel, skizzierte Premierminister Orbán vier Schlüsselbereiche, die seines Erachtens im kommenden EU-Haushalt 2021-2027 modifiziert werden müssen. Lesen Sie hier, was hinter jedem seiner Punkte steckt.
Following a meeting with European Council President Charles Michel yesterday, Prime Minister Orbán outlined four key areas he would like to see modified in the upcoming 2021-2027 EU budget. Here’s what’s behind each of his points.
In his regular Friday morning radio interview, following a busy eight days packing in three bilateral visits in Budapest, Prime Minister Orbán talked about the main objective behind Hungary’s foreign policy, Turkey’s role in putting an end to migration, and Ukraine and the Hungarians in Transcarpathia before turning to tourism and the common EU budget.
Unlike some of the previous efforts, which were directed solely at Hungary, the Finnish government is now set on withdrawing funds from a number of EU member states. Minister of Justice Judit Varga attended the General Affairs Council meetings on Tuesday where ministers discussed the Finnish presidency’s budget proposal. She had a few choice words following the meeting.
“Hungary rejects the draft in its current form because it will result in the biggest cutback in cohesion funds for the Central European region and Hungary within it, which goes against the principles and goals of this policy,” Minister Varga said.
Szabolcs Takács, the state secretary for European Affairs, said the issues of migration, economic development and EU enlargement will prove problematic, while the European Commission plans to cut funding for policies whose goals are defined in the bloc’s treaties
“Keep calm,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in his interview on Kossuth Rádió this morning, referring to discussions over the EU’s next multi-year budget. The debate will be long and drawn out, but ultimately it has to have unanimous support, and “as long as Hungarians do not say okay, there won’t be any budget.”