Hungary’s government has decided to set up its own post-pandemic recovery fund within the state budget’s economy protection fund and pre-finance projects that would be paid for by the European recovery fund, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Friday.
In his regular interview to public broadcaster Kossuth Rádió, Orbán said the European Union was seeking a two-month delay in the talks on Hungary’s recovery plan. The most important aspect of the European recovery fund is that it is fast, the prime minister said, adding that delaying the payments called into question the essence of the fund.
Hungary is entitled to the recovery funds, Orbán said.
“They can delay them, but can’t withhold them,
so the government has decided to pre-finance the programmes that Brussels has already approved,” he said. “We’ll pay for those projects whether we get money from Brussels or not,” Orbán added.
the European Commission demanded that Hungary change its child protection laws.
According to Orbán, Brussels “wants us to allow LGBTQ activists in schools,
the education of Hungarian children is up to Hungarians.”
Concerning the Pegasus case Orbán said that the interior minister “has already said everything there is to be said”.
“We’ll pay for those projects whether we get money from Brussels or not,” Orbán added.