Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has suggested that the standoff over the European Union’s long-term budget and coronavirus recovery package could soon be resolved.
Hungary and Poland, backed by Slovenia, are currently blocking the €1.82 trillion package’s progress over a proposal to link the disbursement of EU funds to rule-of-law standards.
“The talks should be continued and in the end we will come to an agreement, that’s how this usually goes,” Orbán told Hungarian state radio Friday morning, Reuters reported.
Without going into details, he added that he saw several ways to solve the impasse “that are acceptable to Hungary and Poland … where legal aspects decide and not a political majority.”
His remarks came as a survey showed that Hungarians have been the worst-hit in terms of income loss over the course of the pandemic.
The survey, commissioned by the European Parliament and published Friday, found that 44 percent of Hungarians surveyed said they experienced income loss since the beginning of the crisis, a higher proportion than in any other EU country.
Hungary was followed by Spain (42 percent), Cyprus (41 percent) and Greece (40 percent) in the income-loss ranking. Overall, 27 percent of EU citizens surveyed indicated they had lost income.
Earlier this week, Hungary’s and Poland’s obstruction of the budget-and-recovery package were met with exasperation in Brussels and EU capitals, with German Europe Minister Michael Roth calling it a “continual test of our patience.”