A “good agreement” serving the unity of the European Union “is within reach”, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Thursday, ahead of a two-day summit of EU heads of state and government.
Orbán said the summit talks would be “a fight for the unity of our shared continent”.
“Besides a victory for the EU, common sense must also prevail,” he said. “Our nations and millions of people are in dire need of it,” he said, referring measures to combat the pandemic and its economic fallout.
“We must act rationally to find reliable solutions and the victory of common sense,” the prime minister said.
He said preparations had taken weeks, but now the agreement was very close.
Orbán said health-care services must be provided to everyone in need, and the countries “who really need it” must be provided financial aid.
“We have high hopes about today,” he said, referring to the EU summit.
At the summit, EU leaders will discuss the EU’s 2021-2027 financial framework, its coronavirus recovery package and regulations that would tie accessing those funds to rule-of-law conditions. The summit will also touch on pandemic coordination efforts, climate change, security issues and foreign relations.