Hungary is prepared to veto the next European Union budget if it proceeds in its current form, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office told Reuters in an interview on Monday.
Gulyás said it would be unacceptable for the distribution of EU funds to be based on political considerations.
The EU wants to make access to funds contingent on respecting the rule of law.
“What we reject is that it is not the standard of living and the (fiscal) performance that would matter,” Gulyás said. “In this (present) form Hungary would definitely veto it.”
“We refuse to count on living standards and (budget) performance,” Reuters quoted the minister as saying.
Meanwhile, Gulyás told Reuters that Hungary would not on its own veto a new delay to Britain’s departure from the European Union.
He said the Hungarian government had not decided to veto a Brexit delay:
“No decision has been made in this respect.”
“The Prime Minister, similarly to the prime ministers of the 26 other countries, is free to decide on what he will do in case there is a fresh (Brexit) delay but it can be excluded that Hungary would make a move alone,” Gulyás said.
Read the Reuters interview HERE.