Gergely Gulyás, Head of the Prime Minister's Office, has said the president of the European Commission has linked Hungary's future EU funding to LGBTQ and migration issues.
According to MTI, Gulyás told a government press briefing that the EC and EP were exerting pressure on Hungary’s government in respect of two issues “on which Hungarian voters have clearly expressed their opinion”. Wednesday’s European parliamentary debate “made this clear to everyone”, Gulyás said. While the EC acknowledged the measures taken by the Hungarian government to ensure judicial independence, the commission’s president made the release of further EU funds contingent on Hungary changing its stance on LGBTQ and migration issues, he said. Hungarian law guarantees the independence of the judiciary, he said, yet it took another six months for the EC to acknowledge this and to release some of the funds due to Hungary. The commission and the EP were nevertheless putting pressure on the Hungarian government in two cases regarding which Hungarian voters had clearly expressed their opinion, he said. The anti-migration position received more support than in any previous survey, and even this was surpassed by the outcome of the survey on protecting children from LGBTQ propaganda, he added.