Hungary’s neighbouring countries are already spending the huge amounts of money from the Instrument for Recovery and Resilience funds. Meanwhile, the Hungarian government is waging a propaganda war with the European Union and is not getting EU aid anytime soon.
The Hungarian government is fighting with the European Union, wrestling to meet the rule of law and anti-corruption conditions. Meanwhile, neighbouring countries are already spending millions of euros from the EU. Hungary is not receiving Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) funding, while other countries are using it to help alleviate the energy crisis and the social crisis that has followed in its wake.
Hungary will certainly not receive any of the RFF funds until the end of spring. Romania has already received EUR 6.3 billion from the European Commission since December 2021. This is more than the total amount of non-reimbursable funds available to Hungary until 2026, rtl.hu reports.
Slovakia has drawn down EUR 1.21 billion from the RFF between October 2021 and October 2022, which is more than what the Hungarian government expects in total from the funds by 2023. Croatia has received EUR 1.4 billion since March 2022, Bulgaria received a similar amount.
According to the ECJ, of the 27 EU countries, only Poland, Ireland and Sweden have not received any aid so far, apart from Hungary.
While the majority of the countries in the region already received pre-financing from the RRF in 2021, Hungary did not. Hungary must meet the 27 conditions set by the European Commission.
The ECJ has added a further 10 elements to the previously known 17-element package. This includes the establishment of an authority to monitor the fairness of public procurement and the reform of the judiciary, 24.hu reports.
Source: rtl.hu, 24.hu