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Sep 03, 2019

Justice Minister: Double standards evident in EU’s 2021-27 budget are unacceptable to Hungary

“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.

Justice Minister Judit Varga has said the double standards evident in the European Union’s budget framework draft for the 2021-27 period are unacceptable to Hungary.

“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.

The Minister said cohesion is working and it should be continued, without changing the rules and the principles of distribution. She said the budget contains some elements which are clearly counter-productive, such as the part where countries that fail to meet their emission quotas would be granted additional funding while those who show a good performance – like Hungary – will receive nothing.

Minister Varga also said that the planned reduction of subsidies within the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) are another point of contention as “we cannot forget about our formers, for whom such a reduction would be simply unacceptable”.

The Minister also said that linking EU structural funds to rule of law requirements is in fact a disguised method of punishing those member states who are opposed to migration.

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