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Nov 06, 2019

PM Orbán says EU budget proposal is "unfair"

The prime minister said the proposal under discussion across Europe contained faults that could be laid at the doorstep of the outgoing commission.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said the European Union budget proposal put forward by the outgoing European Commission is “unfair”.

Following the Friends of Cohesion summit held together with Visegrad Group leaders in Prague yesterday, the prime minister said the proposal under discussion across Europe contained faults that could be laid at the doorstep of the outgoing commission.

PM Orbán said rebates should be scrapped. If member states’ rebates were recalculated taking into account the size of its payments in relation to its national product, “then we get a completely unfair picture”.

The prime minister said the fact that much of the funding for central European countries “goes back” to western states should be taken into consideration in the budget proposal. He added that it was unfair to reduce cohesion funds on the basis that “the poorer someone is, the more money they lose, while the richer loses less”.

PM Orbán said the situation was similar in respect of climate policy. In order for Hungary’s economy to become carbon-neutral by 2050, 2.5 percent of GDP will have to be spent each year on economic reforms, while the Netherlands would have to spend 0.5 percent to achieve the same. Hungary was ready to hit its 2050 target but wanted to see funding sources in the EU budget to help the country achieve it, he added.

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