The system of cohesion funding provides mutual benefits, she added. Net contributors should recognise and understand those benefits and retain a strong cohesion policy in their own interests, she insisted.
The minister said “reading behind the figures, in proportion with to GNI, Hungary bears more burdens than several net contributors”.
Varga had talks with Ferdinand Grapperhaus, her Dutch counterpart, as well as Foreign Minister Stef Blok, and pointed to “huge geographic discrepancies” in cohesion funding. New member states “have so far received only 5 percent of the budget”, she said, calling for that percentage to be increased. “It is important that the economic gap is prevented from widening any further and there is an equilibrium between member states,” she said.