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EU freezes Hungary’s 6.3 billion euro fund

The European Union suspended Hungary’s 6.3 billion euro fund.

The European Union (EU) member states have decided to suspend 6.3 billion euros of the Union funds to be provided to Hungary and approve the recovery plan that will allow the country to receive a total of 5.8 billion euros in grants against the economic consequences of Kovid-19.

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The European Council announced that the representatives of the member states have taken decisions on the status of the funds to be provided to Hungary within the scope of the mechanism that binds the EU budget to the rule of law, and the evaluation of Hungary’s rescue plan.

“The Council has decided to suspend 6.3 billion euros due to Hungary taking only limited remedial action under the rule of law clause mechanism,” the statement said. expression was used.

Pointing out that the member states took the decision with a qualified majority on the protection of the Union’s budget, it was noted that Hungary had problems in areas such as public procurement, investigation procedures and the fight against corruption.

In the statement, it was stated that Hungary has committed to adopt a series of remedial measures to address the concerns about the rule of law, and member states are of the opinion that the corrective measures adopted by Hungary so far do not reduce the risks to the union’s budget.

 

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Reminding that the conditionality regulation is a tool aimed at protecting the Union’s budget and the Union’s financial interests, the statement stated that the violations detected in the field of rule of law in Hungary and that these violations do not adequately cover the risks to the Union’s budget.

On the other hand, the EU Commission demanded the suspension of 7.5 billion euros, which represents 65 percent of the harmonization funds that Hungary can receive under the rule of law mechanism. With the last decision, the member states have frozen 55 percent of the funds, which make up 6.3 billion euros.

In addition, EU countries announced that they approved the plan that will enable Hungary to receive a grant of 5.8 billion euros from the EU recovery funds established to combat the economic consequences of the Kovid-19 outbreak.

In the statement, it was noted that Hungary will be able to benefit from these grants after meeting 27 criteria for institutional reforms to strengthen the rule of law.

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The EU has long criticized Hungary for its regression in key areas such as democracy and the rule of law.

In addition, the EU did not approve of Hungary’s rescue program and did not transfer EU funds to the country under the rule of law mechanism.

Hungary, on the other hand, did not approve of issues such as providing 18 billion euros in financial aid to Ukraine for next year and the global tax treaty, which required unanimous consent.

In the final stage, Hungary gave Ukraine financial support and a tax agreement in return for the freezing of some of the Union funds until the necessary steps are taken, and the recovery program funds are not cut.

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