For access to EU funds: Hungary gives in to Brussels

19 Sep 2022 4:45 p.m

Hungarian government officials aggressively reaffirm their willingness to meet EU conditions for receiving subsidies. They do not want to get into the position of Poland, which is involved in a serious dispute with Brussels.

Hungarian Minister for Regional Development and Use of EU Funds Tibor Navracsics told a press conference on Sunday that his government was determined to fulfill its promises to the European Commission in order to gain access to billions of euros of EU funds. This was reported by the Chinese news agency Xinhua.

On Sunday, the European Commission proposed suspending €7.5 billion in financial aid to Hungary until Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s government implements anti-corruption reforms. Navracsics explained:

“The government has no intention of failing to meet the commitments it has made.”

The Hungarian government is expected to inform the EU about the implementation of the promised changes by November 19.

At the press conference, Navracsics stated that the negotiation phase of the conditionality mechanism with the European Commission has been completed and the organization has accepted the Hungarian government’s anti-corruption commitments. The Hungarian minister explained to the journalists:

“This means that no new aspects and expectations can be expected from the European Commission, we must now implement what we promised. The Commission has doubts as to whether the Hungarian cabinet will fulfill its obligations, but we are absolutely sure that that we will comply with them, so I will not focus on possible financial sanctions.”

Navracsics added that the European Commission will closely monitor the implementation of the Hungarian government’s pledges to avoid a situation like that which arose between Poland and the European Commission over the withdrawal of funds.

“So we will continue to consult with the Commission in the future, for example I will fly to Brussels on Wednesday.”

The Hungarian government promised to set up an independent anti-corruption agency to oversee the use of EU funds and steps to make the legislative process more transparent.

Budapest made a total of 17 promises and some bills have already been submitted to Parliament, while others will follow next Monday and Friday, Navracsics assured.

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