Hungary is playing for time. The European Commission is assessing whether the country will be able to continue to withdraw European funds. After years of inactivity, Budapest proposed the first measures to strengthen the rule of law in the country. Officials assess whether they are adequate. As discovered by server iROZHLAS.cz, EU executives are planning for the first time ever to calculate what Hungary’s potential cut from the European budget might look like.




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EU sources have confirmed to iROZHLAS.cz server that steps are being taken within the European Commission that it could take against Hungary due to systemic corruption there. He will describe it in a letter to the Hungarian government, which may be ready by Sunday.


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The Hungarians will have three months to respond. Part of the document the Commission plans to send is supposed to include the first account of potential damage to the EU budget due to problems with the country’s rule of law. The result may be to isolate Hungary from a portion of European money. The exact amount is now the subject of discussions within the committee.

This is a major step in the procedure that has been triggered for the first time under the budget terms. But before Hungary actually loses money, a qualified majority of member states must declare a serious violation of the principles of the rule of law.

However, in agreeing to the conditionality, Hungary insisted that the European Council, that is, prime ministers or heads of state of the European Union, should evaluate the matter as a matter of priority. However, this item will likely be on her agenda as soon as possible during the December summit. So the final decision will likely be pushed back until next year.

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This is the first detailed review under the new rules that allow the EU to “punish” member states that harm its financial interests. The so-called budget conditions require that European funds be obtained in compliance with the principles of the rule of law, such as an independent judiciary or an effective system of control over the use of subsidies.

The commission had been investigating the state of the rule of law for a long time during the more than sixteen years in power at Urban. Specifically, he blames him for unresolved problems with controlling subsidies, unimplemented measures in the fight against corruption, or the linkage of politics with business, which is close to the prime minister.

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To allay the concerns of the union executive, the government recently offered a concession to create an anti-corruption agency and amend a number of laws, including the Public Procurement Law.

Statement so far

“We have received a proposal of many different changes that could protect European money in Hungary. We are now in the process of looking at these proposals and the Hungarian side, as far as I know, is still finalizing them. European Commissioner Vera Jourova commented on the measures taking place on Wednesday in Strasbourg. , whether we find it sufficient or whether we will present it to the Council will be determined in the following days.According to her, the outcome of the operation should be a better protection of European funds going to Hungary.


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In recent weeks, for the first time ever, Budapest has begun to show its willingness to compromise. So far, the commission has complained that Orban’s government is not responding to long-standing complaints.

This week the European Parliament also discussed the situation surrounding the rule of law in Hungary. However, no one appeared to the Cabinet at the meeting, which Twitter The former challenger to Viktor Orban in the parliamentary elections, opposition representative Peter Marky G.

The measures presented are anti-corruption in nature. However, there is concern in EU structures that they will not become mere promises on paper. Therefore, MEPs would like to see achievable plans in the near future and are asking for guarantees.

The analyzes are currently in a “peak” phase. It is dealt with in detail by the European Commissioner for the Budget, Johannes Hahn. The EU Observer newspaper previously reported that it is considering reducing Hungary’s access to funds from European funds by 70 per cent.

Anna Urbanova and Victor Dank

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