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Hungary could veto EU rescue plan if conditioned on rule of law, Orban says

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 10, 2020
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday the EU’s coronavirus recovery plan would be unacceptable if funding were linked to rule of law conditions, and Budapest could veto any deal as a last resort.
Viktor Orban
Prime Minister   Viktor Orban
The EU’s 27 national leaders are to meet next week for the first time in person since the coronavirus crisis halted policy meetings in Brussels to hash out details of the next multiannual EU budget and post-pandemic recovery.

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“We could veto (a final accord), because it needs to be a unanimous decision, but we would find ourselves facing off with 26 other countries. One should only do that as a last resort,” Orban told Hungarian public radio.

The EU is set to spend 750 billion euros on aiding economic recovery in member states hardest hit by the pandemic money that Orban said should be distributed “fairly and flexibly.

“One thing should be carefully avoided: mixing it up with politics. That’s (Hungary’s) gravest condition,” he said.


 

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