Hungary and Poland stand a good chance of winning in the ongoing debate about the EU’s next budget framework and on the issue of linking funding to “rule-of-law conditions”, if “things are developing in the right direction” in the next few days, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said, after his talks with his Polish counterpart in Warsaw on Tuesday evening.
In his interview to commercial news broadcaster Polsat News, Orbán said that the positions of Hungary and Poland, the EU’s current German presidency and the governments of several other member states were now closer to each other than a couple of weeks or even days ago.
Issues concerning the rule of law and financial issues must be addressed separately, Orbán said. He argued that a situation in which financial sanctions could be applied against a member state over “non-compliance” with the European policy on gender or migration related issues “would not be desirable”.
Orbán said Budapest and Warsaw are in agreement on every major issue and Hungary and Poland have shared interests. Hungary and Poland both regard keeping to the EU’s basic treaty and its provisions highly important, as they also regard safeguarding their national interests and EU funding they are entitled to equally important, Orbán said.
He said the two countries were together strong enough to defend their financial interests, adding that “there is no need to worry, neither of us will lose a single penny”. Maintaining a conflict situation and a veto over the budget is not good for Europe, nor is it in the interest of either Hungary or Poland, this is why an agreement would be needed as soon as possible, which would benefit all sides, Orbán said.
“The debate is not about financial resources, it’s just a secondary issue; what we are fighting for is protecting national sovereignty,” Orbán said. “The V4, Hungary, and Poland are the future of the EU,” the prime minister said.
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