Hungary says it blocked European Union budget over migration 'blackmail'

Hungary says it blocked European Union budget over migration 'blackmail'”

Hungary said in a statement it shared EU's values and commitment to the rule of law "but it should be left to the Hungarian people to decide whether those regulations are adhered to and implemented correctly, as they are as good judges of the issue as to any other European people".

Orban is a staunch opponent of mass immigration on the grounds that it dilutes national and European identity. "Once this proposal gets adopted, there will be no more obstacles to tying member states' share of common funds to supporting migration and us (ing) financial means to blackmail countries which oppose migration".

Hungary's Viktor Orban was bullish on Wednesday when he said Europe was attempting to use a "political whip" to punish member states that refuse dto fall in line.

Philippe Lamberts, president of the Greens group in the European Parliament, condemned the veto, saying: "Viktor Orbán and Jarosław Kaczyński are holding the Covid recovery hostage just so they can continue to undermine the rule of law and strip away democracy as they see fit". Some balked at plans to tie funds to establishing democratic norms with new "rule of law" measures. Pointing out that many European countries have legal peculiarities or far-from-perfect standards for judicial independence, Justice Minister Judit Varga said on Wednesday that the phrase rule of law was only invoked in reference to Hungary.

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But it seems that the $1.27 trillion seven-year budget plus the $887 billion recovery fund aimed at the reconstruction of the 27-member bloc will have to be negotiated again unless an agreement can be reached.

Earlier in the week, Varga had said that Europe's wealthy nations, which don't receive European Union funding anyway, would be able to politically blackmail the poorer members, an infringement of sovereignty.

Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki had threatened to block the budget last week and on Monday it was confirmed.

"Hungary, in fact, is a dedicated follower of the rule of law. Those who protect their borders can not qualify as countries where rule of law prevails", he said in a statement released to the state news agency MTI.

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