Budapest will use veto if not happy with bloc’s budget, prime minister says.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán raised the prospect on Friday of blocking the EU’s long-term budget and said none of the bloc’s cash should go to migrants.
Orbán said Budapest would not approve the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) if Budapest was not satisfied with its contents. The Commission unveiled its proposal for the budget on Wednesday but the final version must be approved unanimously by all EU member countries.
“This will be a long debate and negotiating process,” Orbán said in his weekly radio interview. “The Hungarians don’t need to worry. As long as the Hungarians don’t say that it can go, then there is no budget.”
“We don’t think that even a single cent should be given to migrants,” said Orbán, adding that others should pay for migration-related costs out of their own national budgets.
Funds should not be diverted from programs like regional development and research and given to “countries that let in migrants,” said Orbán, whose Fidesz party is a member of the European People’s Party (EPP) group.
Increased spending on dealing with migration is one of the centerpieces of the European Commission’s new budget proposal, and is a popular move among southern European countries.
Orbán also said Hungary agrees with France that spending on agriculture should not be reduced, and reiterated his criticism of EU institutions.
“The largest faction in the European Parliament is not that of the EPP, but that of George Soros,” he said, referring to the Hungarian-American financier.“We are the democrats, they are the bureaucrats,” he said of the EU, pledging to defend Hungary’s sovereignty.