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Feb 14, 2019

Hungary and Italy in agreement over EC budget, migration and Brussels' "attacks"

The Hungarian and Italian governments agree that the outgoing EU administration “cannot be a negotiating partner in issues impacting the bloc’s future”

The Hungarian state secretary for EU affairs has met with Italian officials to discuss the European Commission’s budget proposals, migration, the upcoming EP elections and “attacks” against Italy and Hungary.

According to MTI, Szabolcs Takács met with Luciano Barra Caracciolo, state secretary at the Italian Department for European Policies, Fabrizio Bucci, the EU affairs director of the foreign ministry, and Piero Benassi, the EU advisor of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

According to the report, the Hungarian and Italian governments agree that the outgoing EU administration “cannot be a negotiating partner in issues impacting the bloc’s future,” Takács said.

Takács said that in regards to the EU’s budget for the 2021-2027 financial cycle, both governments are in agreement that the EC’s proposal is looking to siphon too much funding from traditional policies, the cohesion funds and the common agricultural policy,

The state secretary said the “pro-migration Brussels bureaucracy’s proposals” would cut Hungary’s funding by a “disproportionate and unjustified degree.” The EC “is a member of a pro-migration political community that attacks Hungary and Italy for having a different stance on migration,” he said.