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Jul 17, 2020

Justice Minister: Parliament has set clear terms for EU budget talks

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.

 

Justice Minister Judit Varga said the conditions approved by Hungary’s parliament regarding the European Union’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.

According to MTI, the justice minister said Hungary agrees with the German EU presidency’s view regarding the need to create a competitive, digital and geographically and economically strong Europe after the end of the coronavirus crisis. This requires a “fair and balanced” multi-year budget, she added.

In regards to the EU’s coronavirus recovery package, the minister said that in order for it to be acceptable to all member states, the plan needed to be fair and flexible. “We stand by our position that the richer countries should not receive more money than the poorer ones,” she said.

Referring to the resolution approved by parliament on Tuesday which gives the government a mandate to negotiate on the loan package, Minister Varga said the distribution of the funds should not be mixed with politics “or tied to ideological issues”.

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