BRSSEL (dpa-AFX) – The federal government has asked Poland and Hungary to abandon the blockade of the billion-dollar Corona economic aid and the long-term EU budget. “It is not the time for vetoes, but for quick action in a spirit of solidarity,” said European Minister of State Michael Roth in a statement on Tuesday at a video conference with his colleagues. Citizens in all EU Member States counted on the support. There is no excuse for delay.
Hungary and Poland vetoed a new procedure to punish violations of the rule of law on Monday in protest against the political decision-making process for the EU financial package from continuing as planned. In addition to the planned Corona reconstruction aid of up to 750 billion euros, the long-term EU budget is also affected. It comprises funds of almost 1.1 trillion euros for the next seven years and finances, for example, grants for agriculture and research programs.
How the blockade can be resolved is still unclear. Roth said on Tuesday that the current German EU Council Presidency was working hard to remove the existing political hurdles. It is expected that the blockade will be the subject of a video conference of the heads of state and government planned for this Thursday.
Germany will hold the rotating EU Council Presidency until the end of the year. In this function, the Federal Government is also responsible for finding compromises in the event of conflicts./aha/DP/men