The message that Prime Ministers Orban and Morawiecki were sending was clear: Poland and Hungary make an important contribution, and the two countries should carry a commensurate weight in EU matters, the government spokesperson stressed on his blog on Saturday.
Zoltan Kovacs commented on the visit of Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Wednesday. “The concentration of economic growth in the European Union has been gradually shifting eastward over the last few years as Central Europe has become an engine for the Union’s economic growth. Pulling greater economic weight would normally translate into greater influence on debate and decision-making in Europe, but as we’ve seen, that’s not always the case in the EU”, he wrote.
Regarding the issue of Brussels initiating an Article 7 procedure against Poland, Kovacs wrote that it’s “difficult to see how launching such a procedure would have any benefit to the Union and the spirit of cooperation. Hungary’s support for Poland is in the interest of Central Europe, and we oppose this kind of activism from the Brussels institutions. We expect to have a say in matters of common EU interest that’s fitting with the economic impact we have, and, as we’ve said many times before, we have no intention of supporting this procedure against Poland”.
“Poles and Hungarians remain committed Europeans because European is who we are, and together we will continue to fight for a strong Europe as an alliance of nations”, he concluded.
“The relationship between Poland and Hungary was an unprecedented test for the EU because of its potential to thwart other member states’ agendas in areas ranging from migration to the rule of law”, the Financial Times cited Heather Grabbe, director of the Open Society European Policy Institute in an article on Wednesday.
“Poland and Hungary have formed a hardline axis within the Visegrad group — an informal caucus of four central and eastern European countries — against what they see as Brussels’ interference in immigration policy and constitutional issues”, the newspaper wrote. “There are a growing number of western countries suggesting tying EU funds to political conditions. Hungary and Poland are natural allies on this and they are preparing for a fight,” Daniel Bartha, director of the Centre for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy told Financial Times.