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03 August 2021 In the long-distance battle between Budapest and Brussels, Hungary is now also evoking the possibility of reconsidering its membership of the EU.

The Minister of Finance,

Mihaly Varga


spoke about it on the

Hungarian TV ATV.

"The question - declared Varga - could take on a new perspective when we expect to become net contributors to the Union", estimated by 2030, thus falling among the countries that pay more money to the EU budget than they receive.

An even more plausible hypothesis "if the attacks in Brussels continue on choices of values", said the minister. 

To the interviewer who asked him how he would vote if there was a referendum now on EU membership, Varga replied, according to the transcript of the interview published yesterday on the broadcaster's website, in Hungarian (translated into English with Google Translate - specifies AdnKronos): "If there were such a question now, in 2021, I would be among those who vote yes. But by the end of the decade, when we calculate that we will already be net contributors to the EU, the question could have another perspective . Especially if the attacks in Brussels continue, due to choices about values. Let's get back to it in a few years. "

Hungary presented a recovery and resilience plan which has not yet been approved by the Commission, like that of Poland. The Budapest government plan, which should have been approved by 12 July, will be examined by the end of September: the problem, according to the Commission, is the insufficient protection of expenditure provided for by corruption, which is widespread in Hungary.

The Commission has announced the decision to extend the examination of the plan after the approval by the Hungarian Parliament of laws that prohibit access to minors to any content that refers to LGBT issues. Against this law, which Ursula von der Leyen called a "shame", the Commission has launched an infringement procedure.

Although formally the PNRR and the law on LGBT content are two separate issues and Commission spokespersons do not tire of repeating that these are issues independent of each other, certainly the move by Budapest has not improved the climate in Brussels in the last few years. against the government of Viktor Orban. Especially since the Commission has the breath of the European Parliament on its neck on the issue of protecting the EU budget from violations of the rule of law: the Chamber has already threatened to drag the EU executive to the Court of Justice, if it does not immediately implement the regulation that protects the Community budget from violations of the rule of law.

It is precisely on the level of "values" and on that of the rule of law that the long-distance battle between Budapest and Brussels is escalating. Hungary "was attacked on an unprecedented scale, only because the protection of children and families remains our priority: we do not want to let the LGBTQ lobby enter our schools and kindergartens". The Hungarian Minister of Justice

Judit Varga

writes via social media

. "The Hungarian government - he adds - has responded to these indecent attacks, as well as to the report of the Commission on the rule of law, with a government decision".

The act, published by Varga, states, among other things, that the report on the rule of law of the Commission "represents its political requests, which fall outside the competence of the EU, as general requirements for the rule of law. This discredits the establishment of the report on the rule of law "Budapest also accuses the Commission of relying on" unilateral and politically partisan "sources. 

In particular, then, the concerns that the Commission has about corruption in Hungary, which are those that block the approval of the PNRR in Budapest by the EU executive, would be "groundless and politically motivated", according to the Hungarian government.