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MSZP: Hungary to Miss out on ‘Huge Sums’ from EU

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.07.22.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán caused Hungary to “lose huge sums” of money during recent negotiations in Brussels concerning the European Union’s next budget, Socialist (MSZP) MEP István Ujhelyi said.

Ujhelyi insisted that Orbán had been unable to meet “any of the four points” in a Hungarian parliamentary resolution passed last week. According to Ujhelyi, the Prime Minister has failed to meet his goal of tying future infringement procedures to a unanimous consent within the community. Orbán has “suffered a total defeat to the benefit of Hungary, since the EU has obliged members to disburse community funds in line with the rule of law”, he insisted.

Orbán has also been unable to “create an obstructive minority”, since “there aren’t enough illiberal politicians like Orbán” to reverse that decision, Ujhelyi added.

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Ujhelyi noted that the recent EU summit rejected the Hungarian government plans to prevent civil ogranisations from receiving EU funds.

Hungary will not receive “as much from the coronavirus rescue package as it would like due to Orbán and government lies in recent years”, Ujhelyi said. He insisted that Orbán had negotiated a “much worse” deal than in the previous cycle and much less funds than the Socialist governments before 2010.

Featured photo illustration by European Parliament.