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Nov 17, 2020

Hungary vetos EU budget and recovery package

Hungary and Poland have vetoed the European Union's next multi-year budget and post-pandemic recovery package.

 

Hungary and Poland have vetoed the European Union's next multi-year budget and post-pandemic recovery package.

According to MTI, Budapest and Warsaw reportedly blocked the budget and the recovery package because they view them as being in violation of the EU’s founding treaty and an agreement reached in July on not tying receipt of EU funds to political conditions. Without a unanimous agreement, the issue could go back before the European Council.

Sebastian Fischer, the spokesman for the German EU presidency, has said that EU ambassadors in Brussels had failed to reach unanimity on the budget and the coronavirus recovery fund due to reservations expressed by two member states. Fischer said the ambassadors had approved the rule-of-law conditionality mechanism with a qualified majority.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán earlier informed German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel that Hungary would veto legislation related to the budget and the recovery fund. PM Orbán has said that tying the EU’s budget and the recovery package to unclear conditions put trust between member states, as well as the interests of Hungary, at risk.