The European Commission has agreed with Hungary on extending the deadline for talks on plans to use the Commission’s Reconstruction and Resilience Facility (RRF) until Sept. 30, Veerle Nuyts, a spokesperson for the EC, said on Thursday.
Nuyts told a press conference in response to a question that the commission had asked Hungary for the extension of the deadline for talks, and the Hungarian authorities had not objected.
“The European Commission maintains constructive cooperation with Hungary in order for the negoatiators to finalise the evaluation of the plans by the end of September,” she said.
EU economy commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis said after Monday’s Ecofin meeting that progressive talks would continue on the RRF between the EC and Hungary Nuyts said on Tuesday that the commission had proposed that conclusion of the talks with Hungary should be postponed to Sept. 30, and the Hungarian side responded by offering a constructive cooperation to resolve open issues.
The EU’s recovery package, a total of 750 billion euros, will be distributed between member states for projects promoting environmental and digitalised solutions, sustainable development, as well as social and territorial cohesion. Decarbonising the industry, renewal of buildings, digitalisation of public administration and providing re-training to job-seekers are also crucial areas.
In the featured photo illustration: PM Viktor Orbán with EC President Ursula von der Leyen. Photo by Balázs Szecsődi/PM’s Press Office