“If we wish to see an ambitious Europe, we need an ambitious budget,” Orbán said during an EU summit in Brussels on Friday. He told reporters that the Friends of Cohesion group of countries suggest that the calculations should be based on the European Parliament’s proposal for each member state contributing 1.3% of their GNI to the EU budget.
“If Europe really wants to make progress in the fields of border defence, digitalisation, industrial policy, agriculture, cohesion and the infrastructure, it cannot get stuck at 1%. All countries should raise their contribution to 1.3%,” he said.
Orbán said he saw no hope for a compromise between the two positions. “If there is no agreement on the revenue side, it makes no sense to speak about distribution,” he said. “We are very far from the realistic possibility to make a deal today,” he said. It is “very likely” that another summit would be needed to reach an agreement. Orbán said that the practice of richer countries contributing a lower share of their GNI to the EU budget than the poorer ones should be discontinued.”