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European Union countries most in need of relief from the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis should be given financial aid as quickly as possible and ideological issues being linked to the bloc’s recovery package should be discussed later, Justice Minister Judit Varga told an online discussion hosted by the Waclaw Felczak Polish-Hungarian Cooperation Institute on Tuesday.

Varga, who on Sunday became the first Hungarian to receive the institute’s Custos Virtutum award, said it was up to the EU’s German presidency to find a solution to the impasse in the debate on linking rule of law conditions to the payment of EU funds.

Justice Minister Varga Awarded Poland's Custos Virtutum Prize
Justice Minister Varga Awarded Poland's Custos Virtutum Prize

Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga was awarded Poland’s Custos Virtutum Guardian of Value International Prize at a gala event held partly online on Sunday. Varga was awarded the prize of the Waclaw Felczak Institute of Polish-Hungarian Cooperation for her support of Central European values. At the event, the minister was lauded for having become a […]Continue reading

“We should be open to every proposal but the ones that need to get Europe out of the current difficult situation are those who got it there,” the minister said.

She said this was neither Poland nor Hungary, arguing that the two countries had been saying for years that “values shouldn’t be conflated with political blackmail and economic matters shouldn’t be conflated with ideological games”.

Hungary believes that member states in real trouble should be given financial aid as quickly as possible, Varga said. “And if we have ideological disagreements, these should be debated later at other forums, on the basis of unanimity, among our governments,” she added.

'Today, rule of law is anything they don't like about Hungary and Poland' - Justice Minister Varga at the Hungary at First 'Site' Conference
'Today, rule of law is anything they don't like about Hungary and Poland' - Justice Minister Varga at the Hungary at First 'Site' Conference

Following the news that Hungary informed the German EU presidency that due to the rule of law debate it will veto the 2021-27 EU budget, including a recovery package for member states for the economic restoration following the coronavirus epidemic, the Justice Minister was one of the panelists at the international “Hungary at First ‘Site’” […]Continue reading

Varga said she saw the essence of the budget debate in the EU becoming “exclusionary”. “It doesn’t tolerate a diversity of opinion,” the minister said. She said the EU currently had no means to put pressure on countries “who refuse to fall in line”, say no to migration, support family policy and envision a Christian European future for the bloc. “They had to accept that we’re different,” Varga added.

Featured photo by Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI