Status: 09/17/2022 8:40 pm
EU threatens to cut billions in aid to Hungary Budapest is now signaling an offer. Laws should be passed in a speedy manner, leading to the establishment of an anti-corruption agency.
According to its own statements, Hungary wants to resolve the dispute with the EU with several changes in the law. “The government has either accepted the wishes of the European Commission or, where we cannot, reached a compromise that satisfies both sides,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s chief of staff Jerkely Gulyas. “The government has today discussed and approved these offers.”
The laws are expected to be passed through the fast-track parliament and come into force in November. The changes include, among others, the establishment of an independent anti-corruption agency. Steps are also planned to make the legislative process transparent.
Corona scholarship is not provided
The EU Commission accused Hungary of not fighting corruption sufficiently, and therefore withheld around 6 billion euros in corona aid.
The Commission is expected to support the suspension of billions allocated to Hungary from the common EU budget for 2021-2027 on the same basis.
Already finished on Sunday?
Ursula van der Leyen’s EU Commission may decide on a related proposal to member states on Sunday, dpa news agency has learned from EU circles.
According to the EU Anti-Corruption Commission, the rate of irregularities in the use of EU funds in the period 2015-2019 was higher in Hungary than in other member states.
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