The Hungarian head of government paid a working visit to Warsaw to discuss the threat of the veto that the two countries are wielding in the face of the draft budget and the European recovery plan. “I think we have a good chance to close this file this week, during the summit on Thursday. There is an centimeter that separates us from it,” Orban told Polsat News. He stressed, however, that the Poles and Hungarians are “on one side and the German Presidency is on the other. We have a chance of a Polish-Hungarian victory”.
The two capitals want to obtain the abolition of a new European mechanism, which they consider arbitrary, which would allow them to be deprived of European funds in the event of violations of the rule of law (independent justice, anti-corruption policy, etc.).
Asked by journalists after Mr. Orban’s meeting with Polish leaders, Polish government spokesman Piotr Muller spoke of “maintaining the position” of the two countries on the “need to separate” questions of criteria relating to the rule of law and those relating to the achievement of the European budget.
Germany, which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, said on Tuesday that it hoped for a solution “in the next few hours or days” for a lifting of the Hungarian and Polish vetoes, deeming “irresponsible” the current blocking of the recovery plan of the EU.