Speaking in Brussels, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said Hungary wants to know who is responsible for the European Union having been "pushed to the brink of bankruptcy".
“Everyone has a single question in Brussels right now: where has the money gone?” the prime minister said in a video on Facebook ahead of a summit of EU leaders. He said the European Commission had proposed an amendment to the EU budget, “and is requesting hundreds of billions more in contributions from member states”. He said this raised the question of “how is it that the European Union could be pushed to the brink of bankruptcy”. Detailing the EC’s amendment proposal, Orbán noted that member states were being asked to contribute another 50 billion euros to the budget “so that they can give it to Ukraine even though they can’t account for the money we’ve already contributed”, adding they wanted more money to cover the interests on earlier EU loans. “These are the loans from which Poland and Hungary have yet to receive a single penny.” Orbán said it was “unserious” of the EU to “want more money for migration, though not for border protection, to bring migrants in”. “First and foremost we want to know what all that money we have contributed so far has been spent on,” he said.