The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) has accused Prime Minister Viktor Orbán of trying to “blackmail the EU” by making Hungary’s support of the loan package for relaunching the bloc’s economy conditional on the European Commission dropping its Article 7 procedure against Hungary.
Klára Dobrev, an MEP for the leftist party, told a press conference on Friday that the government was also holding the deal hostage because it did not want the dispersal of EU funds to be linked to the issue of the rule of law.
She said DK will not back the government’s draft resolution aimed at giving itself a mandate to negotiate on the European Union’s loan package for rebooting the economy.
Parliament is scheduled to debate the EU recovery plan in a special session next week.
Dobrev accused Orbán of showing willingness to withhold EU support from European small business owners, jobseekers and from the development of coronavirus treatments until the bloc “gives him the okay to continue using EU funds as he pleases”.
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