Viktor Orban noted in a video posted on social media that negotiations on financial aid to Kiev collapsed in December because Budapest “did not get a solution to the two Hungarian issues.”
– We were afraid that EU money, which the European Commission has not yet given us, would sooner or later go to Ukraine – Orbán said. He added: We were also afraid that we would put money at Ukraine's disposal for a very long time and without oversight. He said After long negotiations, Budapest received a satisfactory offer and decided to accept it. He added: “I am happy that the reaction of the markets and the business community to this agreement is really positive.”
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50 billion euros for Ukraine
The draft EU budget review for the period 2021-2027, relating to the proposal, also assumes, among other things, an increase in funds for migration and border management by 2 billion euros, for the neighborhood policy – by 7.6 billion euros, and for the European Defense Fund – by 1.5 billion euros.
In December, despite the opening of EU accession talks with Ukraine, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán vetoed the EU's transfer of €50 billion in aid to Ukraine. As well as reviewing the European Union budget for the period 2021-2027. Therefore, the President of the European Council decided to hold a special European Union summit in Brussels on February 1, in the hope of reaching an agreement with Orban.
Meanwhile, the European Union has been working on an alternative solution, with 26 countries agreeing to provide aid to Ukraine without Hungary's participation.
The agreement on aid to Ukraine was reached after small group negotiations before the official start of the summit. President and President of the European Council Charles Michel European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, together with the leaders of France, Germany and Italy – Emmanuel Macron, Olaf Scholz and Giorgia Meloni – held a closed meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. They were later joined by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo.
Donald Tusk: 'There was no fear'
– The fact that all the Scandinavian countries, the Baltic countries, Poland and Ireland had such a clear position, also towards Viktor Orbán, and this whole group was ready to take difficult decisions, is the clear position presented from the beginning by the President of the European Commission. Commission Ursula von der Leyen meant that There was no fear that the Committee would seek to offer concessions or rewards to anyone in the process – commented Donald Tusk after the summit.
In his opinion, “this lack of ambiguity led to the withdrawal of ideas such as the approval of 27 countries – including Hungary – on the IFF (Multi-Annual Financial Framework – PAP), that is, on the entire project, but excluding Ukraine, and the aid provided to Ukraine. There will be twenty-six countries.” To deal with it.
According to Politico, European leaders were able to convince Viktor Orban of three additions to the summit’s outcomes. First of all, the European Commission will prepare an annual report on the implementation of the Ukrainian aid package. Secondly, there will be an annual discussion at EU leaders' level on this topic. Finally, “if necessary”, the European Council will within two years ask the Commission to propose a review of the implementation of the package.
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