EU – Budget deadlock: Budapest determined but confident

Viktor Orban, who vetoed the European recovery plan because it obliges its signatories to respect a certain rule of law, stands firm.

Viktor Orban.

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The sovereignist Hungarian Prime Minister, who refuses to link respect for the rule of law and payment of community funds, was convinced on Friday that the difficult European negotiations on the budget would lead to an agreement, despite his veto.

“There are many possible solutions, it’s just a question of political will”, declared Viktor Orban on Hungarian public radio, the day after a European summit during which the heads of state and government did not no concrete way out of the impasse.

Both Hungary and Poland vetoed the 2021-2027 European budget proposal and the rescue plan to deal with the coronavirus crisis on Monday. They refuse to lift it as long as the mechanism on which the European Parliament and the EU states have agreed to deprive member states that violate the rule of law of European funds is removed.

Version illiberal

“At the center of all the blah-blah in Brussels is the question of how they can force us to do something we don’t want to do,” said Viktor Orban, who defends an “illiberal” version of the democracy.

“They want to do it in such a way that, instead of unanimity, these issues are decided by a qualified two-thirds majority,” he said.

But “the talks have to continue and in the end we will come to an agreement, that’s how it normally works,” he said.

The Hungarian government issued a Eurobond earlier this month while declaring that its plans for the next ten years would be implemented regardless of the outcome of negotiations with its partners.

“We can take out loans even without Brussels. The Hungarian economy, unlike 2008, is built on very solid foundations, ”said Viktor Orban.

According to a poll published by Euroneuws on Thursday evening, 57% of Hungarians who have made up their minds on the subject believe their country’s veto is a bad decision or say they do not understand the reason.

For his part, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa, who voted for the adoption of the budget on Monday, then paradoxically provided his support for Hungary and Poland in the wake, clarified his position on Thursday: he will not leave the majority .

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