Index – Abroad – It is getting closer and closer to Brussels dropping the political atomic bomb on Hungary
There is growing pressure in the European Commission, the European Parliament and the leadership, to Insider voice referring to the Financial Times. As is well known, Hungary and Poland have engaged in serious disputes with Brussels over violations of certain values and the Pedophile Act, supplemented by anti-gay amendments, as well as discrimination against LGBTQ people.
It would act as a political bomb if Brussels withheld cohesion funds, originally intended to support the catching-up of Eastern European states that joined in the early 2000s to the level of the economies of countries that have long been addressed.
An anonymous reporting official said this could not be done because the decision would be a watershed and further measure the political climate.
From the budget of 1,200 reliable euros planned for the union between 2021 and 2027, Hungary will receive 38 and Poland will receive 121 other cohesion payments. However, a clause on the payment of grants to be obtained as soon as possible will be examined by the committee and in which it will enforce the rights set out in each Charter of Fundamental Rights.
Due to its discussions with Brussels in this area, Hungary and Poland expect a very thorough investigation, primarily into the Pedophile Law and discrimination against LGBTQ people, and on the other hand due to ongoing legal proceedings concerning the rule of law. The insiders quoted as saying to the Financial Times stressed that cohesion funds would withdraw the issue from a decision not yet taken in committee.
Věra Jourová, az The Vice-President of the European Commission for Value Values told the paper that the available inside the househow to put this into practice. Ms Jourová also spoke about the fact that the Charter of Fundamental Rights set out precisely the rights of individual citizens, so those wishing to receive support would need to make a prior declaration on how the Charter would be respected. And payments are only made in the numbers where these rights are enforced.
He is fully aware that individual taxpayers ’money can only be spent in areas where it is complied with these rights
Recently, the committee wrote to the relevant Polish regional authorities that they would suspend the payment of the so-called REACT-EU cohesion funds because they publicized themselves as “LGBTQ-free zones”. These suspensions apply to the resources of the first financial financial cycle, but Jourová said similar decisions are possible for the money in the 2021-2027 cycle.
Debate on a recovery fund to mitigate the economic damage caused by the epidemic
There is also a disagreement between Hungary, Poland and Brussels on the issue of their support from the Recovery Fund. Due to a debate over the interpretation of the rule of law, the committee did not re-adopt the Polish and Hungarian methods of use, even though in this case we are talking about billions of euros.
At France Télécom’s request, the Budapest management replied that the Hungarian government had not been informed, either formally or informally, of the committee’s investigation. Plans for the use of cohesion funds for the period 2021-2027 in the current process, which are constantly being discussed in committee.
Also at France Télécom’s request, the Polish Minister for Finance said that any steps taken to withhold cohesion funds were counterproductive. It never ends well when politics intervenes in the economy, he added.
(Cover image: The European Commission will be based in Brussels on 1 July 2019. Photo: Olivier Hoslet / EPA / MTI)