The opposition Párbeszéd party did not vote on the draft resolution in the Hungarian parliament regarding the European Union’s recovery package, aimed to offset the economic impact of the coronavirus epidemic. Bence Tordai called the draft resolution a “blackmail note”, saying that it only served to improve “[Prime Minister] Viktor Orbán’s negotiating position”.
Benedek Jávor, the party’s advisor in EU affairs, said the ruling parties were “lying” when saying that the recovery package would be mostly financed from loans. Most of the money would come from taxes and tolls “that have been on the agenda for years”, he said. The proposed mechanism on the rule of law is “essentially an anti-corruption package”, Jávor said, insisting that ruling Fidesz’s rejection was a “confession”.