Dismal Picture On Releasing EU Funds for Hungary Painted by EU Budget Commissioner

  • 26 May 2023 5:12 PM
  • Hungary Matters
Dismal Picture On Releasing EU Funds for Hungary Painted by EU Budget Commissioner
The European Commission’s negotiations with Hungary on releasing EU funds have made little progress recently, while major issues still remain unresolved, EU Budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn told the European Parliament.

The disbursement of EU funds might be extended to 2024, and Hungarian students could be left out of the Erasmus programme due to the lack of an agreement, he added.

“We currently do not have a deadline”, he pointed out. “We sit down, we discuss, I make a report, and then we meet again. Perhaps the whole matter will extend after the establishment of the next European Commission”.

"The ball is on the Hungarian side, the Hungarians have to make a decision, not just make announcements. We will only be able to evaluate these", he said.

“The Hungarian side claimed that we moved the goalposts. No. We have always clearly stated what we expect”, he added.

Hahn said the establishment of the Integrity Authority in Hungary is a step forward, but he believes that the Hungarian government is still failing to meet expectations.

He said it is not true that the European Commission is hindering an agreement with Hungary, adding that the Commission has an interest in finding a solution, but a solution is needed that serves the interests of Hungarian citizens.

Meanwhile the Hungarian cabinet and EU Funds Minister Tibor Navracsics are not very optimistic either. He said the government has tried in negotiations to refute allegations that the cabinet is politically biased in allocating EU funds.

Speaking about the Erasmus issue, he said a new commissioner will take over the area of education in the EU, and the government will contact the appointee on this issue.

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