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Hungary rejects rule of law as a condition for EU funding

BUDAPEST – According to the Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs, Hungary rejected a claim by the European Union’s Finnish presidency that all member states have agreed to tie the bloc’s funding to rule-of-law conditions. Prime Minister of Finland has previously claimed that Hungary and Poland had given up their opposition to the new budget rule. The plan is being discussed in the context of the 2021-2027 EU budgetary framework, which is currently being negotiated. This position has caused further concern for the Western Balkans commentators, since Hungarian candidate Olivér Várhelyi is expected to become the new Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement.

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