“It was an honor that he gave so much time to the Hungarian political opposition despite all of his meetings, and I think he expressed visible sympathy for our efforts,” stated opposition prime ministerial candidate Péter Márki-Zay after his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday afternoon, at which opposition leaders Anna Donáth, Klára Dobrev, and Gergely Karácsony also took part. Márki-Zay said that the meeting had lasted an hour and took place at the French Embassy.
Péter Márki-Zay said that they share the values that Macron shares, namely the idea of a stronger, more secure, freer, more democratic Europe, and they feel confident that they can count on support from him in these areas.
The fight against corruption was an important area of their discussion, added Márki-Zay, as was the topic of municipalities who have had their funding cut from the national government’s budget.
The President does not expect the European Union to be able to provide Hungary with a more substantial amount from the recovery fund, and the reason for this is corruption.
-said Péter Márki-Zay.
Hungary will continue to lose subsidies for as long as its corrupt government steals taxpayer money, but “hopefully an honest and anti-corrupt government will be able to receive it after the election,” he added. “We are very optimistic about the future following this meeting,” summed up Péter Márki-Zay.
“Macron made a firm promise that the rule of law mechanism will indeed be introduced during the French presidency of the EU,” said MEP Klára Dobrev from the Democratic Coalition. She added:
This is why Viktor Orbán cannot expect to receive EU subsidies with these policies of his. The opposition therefore has a duty to create the legal environment after the election to be able to receive this money.
Macron also shares the opposition’s view that closer European cooperation is needed right now, according to Klára Dobrev. She believes that when France takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union on January 1, the EU will become stronger, Hungarian democratic supporters will have the opportunity to display their values, and Viktor Orbán will become weaker.
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