“We are aligned. Neither Poland nor Hungary will accept any proposal that is unacceptable to the other.” Thus concludes the joint declaration signed in Budapest by the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, and his Polish counterpart, Mateusz Morawiecki, in which they reaffirm in their veto the mechanism of the Rule of Law linked to European funds, which translates into in a blockade of the recovery fund of 750,000 million and the EU budget for 2021-2027 of 1,074 billion.
EU leaders ask Hungary and Poland for explanations for the blackmail with the recovery fund: “We are fed up, it is a matter of survival of the Union”
In their statement, the two governments call for a “substantial modification” of the rule of law mechanism to lift their veto, and say that if the EU proceeds with a link between the rule of law and the financial interests of the union, there should be a intergovernmental conference to discuss how to change the treaties to allow this.
Thus, a quick end to the blockade of the EU budget and the anti-crisis fund is not in sight: Hungary and Poland, far from giving in, demand a “substantial change” in the mechanism already agreed between the governments, the European Commission and the European Parliament.
According to EU Observer, Morawiecki has said in the appearance without questions with Orbán in Budapest, that the conditionality of the rule of law “could lead to the disintegration of the EU”, so the veto of Hungary and Poland “is protecting the sovereignty of the member states “.
Orbán, for his part, has suggested “separating the debate on the rule of law from the management of the economic crisis”, arguing that crisis management “does not need a conditionality of the rule of law.” Furthermore, the Hungarian prime minister, who governs with an absolute majority, has said that the conditionality of the rule of law “would create ‘the rule of the majority’, with the risk of the EU imposing policies on Hungary”, alluding to the migratory pact .
The meeting comes a week after the last summit of EU leaders by videoconference, in which the blockade was addressed for 17 minutes.
“We do not underestimate the seriousness of the situation and believe that we must implement the July agreement [sobre los presupuestos y el fondo de recuperación] as soon as possible “, explain community sources,” but a videoconference is not the appropriate format to discuss such a complicated issue. In any case, an agreement is necessary to get everything going. ”
“We have to work with the countries that do not accept the agreement,” said the President of the European Council, Charles Michel. “The EU has always come out of difficult situations. It is a serious situation, but we have to work hard in the coming days to solve it,” said the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
The next ordinary European Council is scheduled for December 10 and 11, although it has not yet been convened in person as it is something that depends a lot on the evolution of the pandemic.
According to sources, there were only five interventions in relation to the blockade: Charles Michel; the German Chancellor and President of the EU, Angela Merkel; the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán (PPE); Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (ECR, family of Vox); Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša (PPE). In other words, no European leader has wanted to respond or engage with them.
At the end of the summit, Merkel, who is under the greatest pressure to reach a compromise, said: “They have made it clear that they do not agree to the agreement. It is a package that is blocked, so we cannot take it to the European Parliament for that it be ratified and enter into force. We must continue negotiating. We believe that it is a balanced and good agreement, to which the other countries do not object. I do not want to speculate, but we have an obligation to find a solution, it is an important matter. It is not an easy problem, it is serious. You have to work hard. ”