BRUSSELS (dpa-AFX) – Ursula von der Leyen’s EU Commission is once again fighting with the government of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. According to information from the German Press Agency, the Brussels authority is currently refusing to give the Hungarian plan for the use of EU Corona aid a positive rating. According to information from EU circles, this is due to insufficient guarantees and precautions against improper use of the funds.
A positive assessment of the plan for the use of funds is a prerequisite for Hungary to be able to receive money from the so-called development and resilience facility (RFF) of the EU. According to current calculations, around 7.2 billion euros are actually earmarked for the country.
The commission had recently quarreled with the government of right-wing politician Orban over a law restricting information on homosexuality and transsexuality. EU Commission chief von der Leyen called the law a shame and even wants to bring it to the European Court of Justice if necessary. She considers the law to be discriminatory and therefore incompatible with the values of the EU.
How the dispute over the plan for Corona aid could be resolved was unclear on Tuesday. Should Hungary not give in and make concessions in the next few days, there could be a showdown in the coming week. If the Commission evaluates a development and resilience plan negatively, it should actually present an official justification within two months of its submission. This period ends next Sunday.
The Hungarian representation to the EU could not be reached for a comment on Tuesday. However, in a speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, von der Leyen indicated that the Commission intends to stick to issues like this.
“The way in which we are leaving this crisis behind us is also linked to the question of confidence,” she said. It is about the trust of investors and companies in good governance, about trust in solid measures to fight corruption and fraud and about trust in the free media and independent courts.
And ultimately this is also important for European taxpayers, she added. Because they ultimately finance the Corona aid./aha/DP/jha