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Nov 30, 2018

PM Orbán: Negotiations about the EU’s next seven-year budget are expected to be complicated but will result in an agreement

The prime minister said the 2021-2027 budget will be the most important issue after next year’s European Parliamentary elections

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said the negotiations about the European Union’s next seven-year budget are expected to be complicated but they will result in an agreement.

During an official to Bratislava on Thursday for the summit of the Friends of Cohesion group, the prime minister said that more than a dozen EU member states have identical interests concerning the 2021-2027 budget which will be the most important issue after next year’s European Parliamentary elections.

“There are diverse interests, but a few of us share the same ones and … we call ourselves the friends of cohesion,” PM Orbán said.

The prime minister added that the positions will be coordinated and a united stand formulated against the groups that have opposite interests. “This is a complex series of actions but they usually result in success,” he said.

Organizers said the summit, first organized in Bucharest in 2012, was attended by leaders of Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Malta, Poland and Slovenia, representatives from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal and Romania, as well as EU commissioners Maros Sefcovic and Guenther Oettinger were in attendance.