Hungary & Poland Veto EU Budget, Prompting Fiasco

  • Due to Coronavirus pandemic, the EU's economies experienced a downward spiral.
  • The document states that both countries "have been acting and continue to act on the basis of loyal cooperation and solidarity."
  • Hungary could possibly start having more dealings with Russia and might even leave the EU in the near future.

The prime ministers of Hungary and Poland conducted a meeting in Budapest on November 26. During the meeting, the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban, and Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, signed a joint declaration rejecting a European Union proposal which would have linked each EU member’s budget payments to the EU.

Viktor Orbán is a Hungarian politician who has been Prime Minister of Hungary since 2010. Orbán’s social conservatism, national conservatism, soft Euroscepticism and advocacy of what he describes as an “illiberal state” have attracted significant international attention and criticism.

Due to Coronavirus pandemic, the EU’s economies experienced a downward spiral. The document states that both countries “have been acting and continue to act on the basis of loyal cooperation and solidarity.” The statement went on, “we remain ready to contribute to a solution to the present situation.”

In the Declaration, the Prime Ministers emphisized that their goal “is to prevent a mechanism which would not strengthen, but undermine the Rule of Law within the Union by degrading it to a political instrument.”

“The proposed conditionality circumvents the Treaty, applies vague definitions and ambiguous terms without clear criteria on which sanctions can be based and contains no meaningful procedural guarantees.”

This justifies the parties’ joint veto of the draft European budget for 2021-2027, they said, which provides for new rules for the distribution of funds between the member States of the Union. It should be noted that EU officials limited contributions to the Hungarian and Polish budgets.

Moreover, Poland and Hungary’s relationship is evolving. Hungary historically had a relationship with Eastern Europe. Contacts between the Magyars and the Eastern Slavs began long before the formation of the Hungarian state on the territory of Pannonia.

Law and Justice (PiS) is a national-conservative, Christian democratic, and right-wing populist party in Poland. The party was founded in 2001 by the Kaczyński twins, Lech and Jarosław, as a centrist and Christian democratic party.

Hungarians became frequent visitors to the ancient Russian lands, even during their existence on the territories of the Eastern European steppes. According to the tale of Bygone Years, Magyar nomads besieged Kiev in 898. However, the same couldn’t be said about the Western European nations. Nevertheless, the EU members’ dissonance within the EU is growing.

Earlier, Hungarian Prime Minister Orban sent a letter to the head of the European Commission, the head of the Council of the European Union, and the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, in which he blasted the “proposed sanction mechanism . . . based on legally vague definitions such as ‘violation of the rule of law.’”

He added, “such difficult to define concepts create opportunities for political abuses and violate the requirement of legal certainty.” This is a regulation linking the payment of EU funds to member states with their governments’ compliance with the rule of law.

Overall, Hungary could possibly start having more dealings with Russia and might even leave the EU in the near future. Poland will continue being a NATO ally and support the West. At the same time, it is also plausible to believe that Poland and Hungary will create the own alliance, and can even have the Czech Republic join as well.

[bsa_pro_ad_space id=4]

Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

Leave a Reply