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The veto of the European Union budget and recovery fund was not caused by Hungary but by those who created the conditions leading to it, Zoltán Kovács, the state secretary for international communications, told public news broadcaster M1 on Monday evening.

Budapest and Warsaw used their veto, saying new rules making the receipt of EU funding contingent on upholding the rule of law breached the EU’s founding treaty as well as a deal in July not to tie funding to “political conditions”.

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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán approved the July agreement with “a mandate” from the Hungarian parliament, Kovács said.

“The European Parliament and current EU president Germany have overturned that July agreement,” he said, adding that introducing any sort of new mechanism would require an amendment to the EU’s founding treaty.

Kovács said the EU’s current institutional framework guaranteed the proper use of funding by member states, and linking payment to “ideological conditions” was unnecessary.

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