DK calls on Orban to drop veto plans on EU budget

The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) has called on Prime Minister Viktor Orban to withdraw plans to veto the European Union's next seven year budget and post-pandemic recovery fund "before he is completely left alone with this issue".

At an online press conference on Friday, DK MEP Sandor Ronai cited reports from the previous day according to which Poland was ready to withdraw its veto plans if EU leaders approved an explanatory resolution on the relation between financial support and rule of law criteria.

Ronai said the veto issue had led to a coalition crisis in Poland. In addition to the Polish opposition, even some of the ruling parties understand that a veto would cause serious damage to the country, he added. One of the ruling parties has threatened to leave the coalition in case the veto is implemented, he said.

“There are high chances that the Poles will sooner or later reverse from the dead-end situation that they have loudly entered together with Orban,” Ronai said. “In case that happens, Orban will be in big trouble and Hungary will be in the greatest trouble,” he added.

The veto will not harm the EU or other European countries but Hungary, because Hungarian businesses and Hungarian people will be left out of the EU rescue package, he insisted.

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