Orban expects complicated EU budget talks

Arriving at the summit of the Friends of Cohesion group in Bratislava, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that there will be complicated negotiations on the next seven-year EU budget, but an agreement will be reached.

The prime minister said that there are more than a dozen EU countries with identical interests on the most important issue for the coming year: the creation after the elections to the European Parliament of the EU’s next seven-year budget.

Orban noted that countries’ interests are diverse, but some have interests which coincide, and “we call ourselves ‘Friends of Cohesion’”. He pointed out that these countries will now consult with one another on a common position to represent when negotiating with groups which have opposing interests. Orban highlighted that “there will be complicated negotiations, but in the end we will be able to come to an agreement”. This, he said, was also the case last time: “we experienced all this a few years ago, and I have personal experience of leading such a series of negotiations”.

He pointed out that such matters are complicated, but eventually tend to be resolved successfully.

The meeting of the Friends of Cohesion group in Bratislava discusses the 2021–2027 EU financial framework, which includes the Cohesion Fund.

Source and photo: Kormany.hu

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