Hungary is not giving approval to €500 million in new aid from the European Peace Framework that could be used to purchase weapons for Ukraine, reports Euronews. Set up in 2021, the European Peace Framework operates outside of the EU budget, and is designed to “increase the capability of the Union to prevent conflicts, create peace and strengthen international security.”
Member states have approved a total of €3.1 billion until now. For the time being, Hungary has not agreed to the next payment of €500 million, which was planned to be discussed again at Monday’s meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers. Diplomats interviewed by Euronews called the development shocking, “undermining EU unity and breaking previous agreements.” According to the media source, the EU is putting together an emergency scenario that can be used to avoid Hungarian resistance.
EU member states provide funds for the Peace Framework, with each country contributing a share to its budget. Hungary has fulfilled all of its payment obligations for the initiative so far.