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EU Summit: Political Victory Goes to Central Europe, says Former EU Commissioner

Péter Cseresnyés 2020.07.22.

Financially, the southern EU states, and politically, the Central European countries have achieved success at the recently concluded EU summit, former Fidesz MEP and EU Commissioner Tibor Navracsics said in an interview with InfoRádió on Tuesday.

“Few people, including me, would have thought that the current European Council would reach a decision on two extremely important issues, since both the sum and structure of the 7-year financial framework were disputed, not to mention the economic recovery package, which was under complete attack,” former Commissioner Tibor Navracsics said.

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Navracsics considers the fact that an agreement was reached on both financial issues to be the most important outcome of the negotiations and it clearly shows that “everyone found the compromise to be acceptable.”

According to the politician, the majority now sees the scale of the funds to be acceptable, only the Frugal Five are uncertain of it, which is why they wanted to pull an emergency brake on the fund disbursement order against those who might not use the money properly.

Navracsics thinks that today’s Europe is much more fragmented than it used to be. There is a left-leaning majority in the EP, so financial debates can very easily drift into ideological disputes in the future, he said.

With the agreement, southern EU countries have escaped the threat of bankruptcy, thus they can be considered the greatest winners of the agreement financially but not politically, Navracsics emphasized.

It is the Central European region that achieved the most politically.

Hungary and Poland have fought out a good position by hinting for a veto in case the EU ties the rightfully due payouts to the rule of law criteria, Navracsics emphasized.

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He is hopeful that the quick completion of the Article 7 proceedings promised by Germany against Hungary is not just a political gesture, but much more.

“The procedure was a process that was difficult to grasp and define from the beginning; it was initiated by the EP, the EC was only half-hearted about it, and did not believe that the procedure would lead to any results,” Navracsics explained.

The politician believes that the EU summit was an important step in the direction of the “emancipation” of Central Europe along Polish and Hungarian values ​​and interests.

He does not think that Western European states are looking down on Central and Eastern European ones, but rather perceives a mutual misunderstanding- the East sees the West to be too soft and pliable, while the West thinks the East is too combative and uncouth.

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