The European Commission is playing with the Hungarian government’s nerves in the matter of resources

Gergely Gulyás, the Minister in charge of the Prime Minister’s Office, held a Government briefing today, during which he received many questions about the status of the frozen European Union funds.

Charles Michel, President of the European Council and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at the EU summit in Brussels on December 15, 2022. Photo: EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

The minister said that the Hungarian government fulfilled the conditions set by the Commission, and then came up with new draft laws to address new demands related to them, but has not yet received any answers to them.

“They are slipping with the feedback in the cases that were discussed with the competent commissioners. They promised a deadline for the feedback, but they are not keeping it”

– said Gergely Gulyás in response to a question about the arrival of the EU funds. The biggest obstacle is currently the issue of judicial reform, but there is also a “mutually agreed” draft law, but the Commission keeps pushing back the deadline for feedback here as well.

In response to the ongoing court proceedings regarding the Hungarian “child protection” law, which is also related to EU sources, he said:

“We will of course wait for the court’s decision, and Hungary has always complied with the court’s decisions, but our intention remains to protect young people and children with the strongest and most effective means possible, and we will always have the necessary means for this.”

Regardless, the planned tightening of the law can be completed “by the summer at the latest”, Gergely Gulyás considers the biggest problem with the current regulations to be that “nothing protects children over 14.

In response to the questions of our newspaper partner, Mfor, the minister stated that Yettel-Vodafone will exchange shares

“the state did well”,

negotiations are underway regarding the new members of the monetary council, and the extension of the deposit interest rate cap serves financial stability, which cannot be ruled out for the time being, but it will be necessary sooner or later, as in the case of all market-restricting measures.

This includes the fact that the government has not yet decided on the maintenance of official prices beyond the current deadline, but in response to an earlier question, it said that the government expects a “significant decrease” in the rate of inflation from the summer, and until then measures to mitigate the effects of inflation are needed.

Gergely Gulyás did not reveal many specifics regarding the Hungarian Parliament’s vote on the law enabling Swedish and Finnish NATO accession, the parliament will vote on Finnish accession on the previously announced date, but in the case of Sweden, the government only “hopes” that the spring session it may take place before the end.

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