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Parliament of the European Union: stop the money from Hungary

Parliament of the European Union: stop the money from Hungary

In September, the European Commission made a landmark proposal to halt large EU grant payments to Hungary, over concerns about corruption and fraud.

The proposal was made in accordance with the new requirements that have been pushed in connection with the EU budget negotiations in 2020.

However, Hungary was given time to respond and promised all kinds of reforms to deal with the criticism. But the parliamentary groups are very weak, but they believe at a press conference in Brussels now that the deadline is about to expire.

“rotten swamp”

Words are harsh.

– Nothing happened during these two months, says Spaniard Eder Gardizabal of the S&D Social Democratic Party group.

– For twelve years we’ve seen (Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor) Orbán change promising and each time getting worse, says German Daniel Freund of The Greens / EFA.

– If the EU Commission now releases money to Viktor Orbán, (chairman) Ursula von der Leyen will be personally responsible for Hungary turning into a rotten quagmire, says German Moritz Korner of the liberal Renewables.

Decision pending

In terms of money, it is about the support of the European Union in the amount of 80 billion kroner, which Hungary risks without. Other EU member states in the cabinet are expected to make a decision on the issue within a month.

If the EU Parliament rules, it will be a resounding rejection.

– The facts on the table are that it is clear that the council should freeze or cut funding to Hungary, says Finn Petri Sarfama of the conservative Christian Democratic Party group EPP.

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While working on the EU’s long-term budget for the years 2021-2027, member states have agreed to introduce a special rule of law mechanism that would make it possible to stop EU funds from member states that do not abide by the basic rule of law. principles. Officially, the funds must be sequesterable to avoid misuse of EU funds.

Decisions on measures against a country must be taken by the EU Council of Ministers if there is support from a qualified majority, ie at least two-thirds of the member states.

Poland and Hungary strongly opposed the mechanism and submitted it to the European Court of Justice, which ruled in February this year that it had been properly adopted, within the framework of EU powers.