EU withholds Hungary stimulus funds for political reasons

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The European Union’s decision to suspend funding for Poland and Hungary for coronavirus recovery “is clearly politically motivated”, Hungarian Finance Minister Mihály Varga said on the sidelines of a meeting of finance ministers on Tuesday. of the EU (Ecofin) in Brussels.

Hungary was one of the first countries to submit a stimulus package last May, Varga noted. But after the Hungarian parliament adopted amendments to its child protection law in June, which the European Union institutions have described as discriminatory against LGBTQ people, “the European Commission judged the Hungarian plan on a political basis,” he said.

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Paolo Gentiloni, the EU’s economy commissioner, said during the talks on Tuesday that the issue of discrimination in Hungarian public education was “one of the main reasons for suspending funding for the Hungarian stimulus”, Varga said. .

“Hungary finds this unacceptable. The actions of the European Commission harm fair competition,” he said.

Photo courtesy of Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI

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