BRUSSELS, 18 Sep. (.) –
The European Commission has formally proposed this Sunday to freeze a third of the cohesion funds planned for Hungary, some 7,500 million euros, as a measure to protect the community budget in the face of fear that the Government of Viktor Orban will use this aid in measures that undermine The rule of law.
This was announced at a press conference in Brussels by the Budget Commissioner, Johannes Hahn, after the meeting of the College of Commissioners that has “unanimously” adopted the proposal, whose application will depend on what the Twenty-seven decide now.
The suspension of European aid in the event of serious threats to the rule of law in EU countries is a measure planned since last January in the conditionality mechanism included in the new rules for the management of the EU Budget.
Once Brussels officially presents the proposal to the Council, no later than September 22, Hahn said, the Twenty-seven have one month to make a decision, although they can extend the deadline for two months in exceptional cases and the Executive will request it. to give the Hungarian Government space to implement the reforms it has offered to correct the situation.