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Aug 11, 2020

PM Orbán briefs parliament on results of EU summit

PM Orbán said in his letter that the Hungarian government had succeeded in ensuring that member states in similar economic situations are granted equal treatment.

 

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has sent a letter to House Speaker László Kövér, briefing parliament on the results of the EU summit held in late July and focusing on the requests parliament had put down ahead of the meeting.

According to MTI, PM Orbán said in his letter that the Hungarian government had succeeded in ensuring that member states in similar economic situations are granted equal treatment, and that citizens of richer states do not receive more support than those of poorer countries.

Hungary has also ensured that the EU’s Article 7 procedure in progress against the country should be concluded before the approval of the bloc’s Financial Framework for 2021-2027 and the coronavirus rescue package, the letter said.

In line with the parliamentary resolution, the prime minister had initiated that the Article 7 procedure against Hungary, which was “politically motivated and launched on legally disputed grounds”, should be concluded during Germany’s current EU presidency running until December 31.

PM Orbán said that Hungary had answered all questions regarding democracy and the rule of law. In a resolution passed on July 14, the Hungarian parliament set a “clear mandate” for the government regarding the talks on the EU’s multiannual budget and its recovery package planned to offset the coronavirus pandemic’s damage to the economy, he said.