Judit Varga – Photo: BZT / Nóra Halász

Justice minister: Hungary working to reach agreement with EC

Hungary is doing everything it can to meet the deadlines in respect of 17 commitments negotiated earlier with the European Commission which are necessary for unlocking the country's EU funds, Justice Minister Judit Varga said in Brussels on Friday.

Briefing Hungarian journalists ahead of a meeting of EU affairs ministers, Varga said Hungary was engaged in an “intensive negotiation process, in-depth work with the European Commission; constructive and professional dialogue is taking place between Brussels and Budapest.”

On Saturday, Hungary will send an official letter briefing the EC on the work done so far, she said.

Regarding the conditionality procedure launched against Hungary, which makes EU funding conditional on adherence to the rule of law, Varga said the procedure was raising hopes of becoming a “test case”, an “example of constructive dialogue, a symbol of unity boosting solidarity”.

At the same time, the procedure should not fall prey to political agendas as that would undermine European unity at a time of unprecedented challenges, she warned.

Hungary sees the procedure as a “test case in building trust”, and is acting responsibly, not sparing human and financial resources, Varga said. Hungary expects its partners to do the same, “so we can finally turn to truly important tasks,” she said.

Hungary has considered all commitments and proposals that could take it closer to an effective use of EU funds, she said. The measures are “exemplary” and could serve as examples for other countries, she said.

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