Orban says Hungary blocked EU budget over migration ‘blackmail’

“In Brussels today, they only view countries which let migrants in as those governed by the rule of law,” Orban said in a statement published by state news agency MTI on Wednesday. “Once this proposal gets adopted, there will be no more obstacles to tying member states’ share of common funds to supporting migration and use of financial means to blackmail countries which oppose migration,” he added. EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

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Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban has accused the European Union of using the bloc’s long-term budget to “blackmail” countries that oppose its migration policies. The German EU Council Presidency said it was confident a deal would be reached soon, while prior to an European Affairs Ministers’ meeting, Germany’s Michel Roth urged member states to put divergences aside, as the socio-economic consequences of the pandemic remain a top priority for the country’s six-month rotating presidency. Without this principle of legal certainty, the EU is a mechanism of arbitrary decision-making by Eurocrats and de facto by the European oligarchy,” Morawiecki said, adding that “we will not let ourselves be blackmailed.”
Similarly, the Hungarian Prime Minister, a strong adversary of migration, said that “Those who defend their borders and defend their countries against immigration can no longer be classified as law-abiding in Brussels.” However, on Wednesday, the two countries escalated their attacks towards Brussels, with Poland’s Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki saying that some member states seek to “blackmail” Poland, over the country’s opposition to tax havens. “The EU must be built on a foundation of law and legal certainty …. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Orban says Hungary blocked EU budget over migration ‘blackmail’

By Zoe Didili
Journalist, New Europe

epa07451415 Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban gives a press conference at the end of the European People’s Party (EPP) Political Assembly at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, 20 March 2019. The Fidesz party of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been temporary suspended by EPP. EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban gives a press conference at the end of the European People's Party (EPP) Political Assembly at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, 20 March 2019. Hungary and Poland on Monday blocked the adoption of the Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2028 and the Next Generation EU package, totalling €1.81 trillion, over a clause which makes access to EU funds conditional to respect for the rule of law. During the bloc’s 27 ambassadors’ meeting (COREPER), the two countries used their political veto to adopt the so-called Own Resources Decision, in a move that is expected to further delay the disbursement of EU money, which was set to start flowing in mid-2021.