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Fidesz MEP slams EU decisions as ‘harmful for bloc’

The European Union's latest decisions are harming the bloc and European citizens, an MEP of ruling Fidesz said on Wednesday.

Contrary to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s “lofty statements” in her State of the European Union speech on Wednesday, “bad decisions” like the sanctions on Russia do not bring help or peace in Ukraine, but seriously contribute to the deterioration of the European economy and competitiveness, to rising prices, inflation and uncertainty, Balazs Hidveghi told Hungarian journalists.

Meanwhile, Hidveghi insisted the EC and the European Parliament were “complicit” in an “ideological jihad” against conservative, nationalist, Christian Democratic governments and states.

“Hungary is being attacked because we have said no to sanctions, illegal migration . and reject LGBTQ propaganda,” he said.

Recently, the EU has also “blackmailed Hungary by withholding monies the country is entitled to, using ever-changing lies and manufactured conditions”, Hidveghi said.

Meanwhile, Hidveghi said the last months had seen “one of the gravest corruption scandals in Brussels”. Von der Leyen’s handling of the coronavirus vaccine purchases was also “outrageous”, he insisted. “It is unacceptable that decisions on business deals worth multi-billions should be made without transparency and accountability,” he said.

Hungary is working to strengthen national political forces that respect European treaties and values, “that see the EU as a cooperation of strong member states, understand realities and are capable of deciding on and representing Europe’s strategic interests,” he said.

Regarding the EU’s long-delayed migration and asylum pact, Hidveghi said that contrary to what von der Leyen said in her keynote address earlier in the day, “an agreement was not in sight”. “Migration is growing, people smuggling is thriving, the issue has not yet been resolved and Brussels is yet to make the right decisions,” he said.

Meanwhile, “Hungary is still waiting to receive EU contributions to the construction costs of its border fence”, Hidveghi said, arguing that Hungary was protecting a border that is also an EU border. “We have stopped more than one million illegal migrants on the border in the past years. At the very least, the EU should tolerate and appreciate that,” he said.

Hungary also has a vested interest in the EU’s enlargement, especially with the Western Balkans, he said.

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