The deadline for the Hungarian government to respond to the European Commission’s objections to democratic backsliding in Hungary expired on June 27, Tibor Navracsics told Index on Friday.
Hungary’s Minister for Territorial Development and the Use of EU Funds also announced that the government’s 70-80-page response letter was sent prior to the deadline, and that the Commission is now “studying” it. The letter mostly deals with technical issues, said Navracsics, but there were also politicial considerations in it.
I see that our positions are constantly converging, that we are moving towards some kind of agreement, and I trust that this letter will contribute even more to this process of mutual rapprochement.
-said the Minister. He remains confident that the government will be able to reach an agreement on receiving financing from the EU recovery fund and for operational programs in the second half of 2022.
“If successful, it is even possible that the EU funds will arrive this year,” claimed Minister Navracsics. [Telex]