It is difficult to see how an agreement could be reached on the EU budget and recovery fund at a summit next week, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said Wednesday.
“I think we will have very tough negotiations in the forthcoming week in Brussels, and it’s difficult to imagine how we can conclude this debate in one round,” Orbán said.
European leaders will gather on July 17-18 to discuss a European Commission proposal for a €1.1 trillion 2021-2027 EU budget and €750 billion four-year recovery fund to tackle the impact of the coronavirus crisis. Many EU governments have indicated that they would like to reach a compromise this month.
Speaking at an online event that brought together video messages from Orbán, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša and Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, the Hungarian leader said: “I think during the summertime the vacation will be not the most important thing for the prime ministers and presidents of the European Union, but rather to continue the negotiation to find a way how to relaunch our economy” via the budget and recovery fund.
The distribution of funding “must be fair, flexible and non-political,” Orbán said.
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