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ORBÁN: EC REPORT COMES AFTER HUNGARY’S REJECTION OF EU MIGRATION PLAN

 

In connection with the European Commission’s recently released Rule of Law report, Orbán said “the picture has become clear as one followed the sequence of events”. The EC first released a migration plan which the Visegrad Group rejected, Orbán said in an interview with public broadcaster Kossuth Rádió. A next step was the Commission’s Vice-President Vera Jourová “attacking Hungary” and “branding Hungarians as idiots” which Orbán said was “unacceptable”. “A top EU official cannot be allowed to speak in disrespectful terms about the citizens of any member state, including Hungarians,” Orbán said, adding that had the EC Vice-President spoken in such a tone about the Germans or French, she “would have been fired in an instant”. “We want equal treatment, as we will not tolerate being offended the same way Germans of French would refuse to be,” the prime minister said. Orbán said the third step after Jourová’s “attack” was the EC’s releasing its Rule of Law report. Orbán called the document a “Soros report”, adding that 12 of the 13 source organisations referenced in it had received financial support from the US financier. He said the EC report was “an open, coordinated attack”.
Orbán said he suggested to the European Commission to “consider carefully” its strengths and the challenges posed by the global coronavirus pandemic. He said protection measures should be in focus, but instead, “member states are being attacked, the issue of migration is being raised again and incomprehensible rule of law disputes are being generated”. As regards the letter he had sent to Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, in which he called for the resignation of Vera Jourová, Orbán said he had yet to receive an answer. Orbán insisted that European politicians were “tense” because the EU’s share of world economy has shrunk from 24%-25% twenty years ago to some 15% today.
Regarding the EU’s economic recovery package designed to mitigate the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, Orbán said Hungary “is not happy about the idea of a loan taken out jointly by the member states, to be paid back over the course of 30 years,” but was ready to go along with it to aid the countries urgently needing financial help. Meanwhile, Brussels should focus on pandemic defence rather than making funding conditional on “complicated legal requirements”, as that could “financially rattle certain countries,” Orbán said.
On another topic, Orbán marked the tenth anniversary of the 2010 red sludge disaster, when a reservoir burst and flooded three villages near Ajka, central Hungary. Orbán said the reconstruction showed “the greatness of the Hungarian nation … and the strength of cooperation”. The government did not leave victims by the wayside but helped to reconstruct the area, he said.
Commenting on a children’s tale book which sparked controversy by retelling classical fairy tales featuring sexual and other minorities as main characters, Orbán called discussions regarding homosexuality “complicated”. “Hungary is tolerant and patient regarding homosexuality. But there is a red line that shouldn’t be crossed, and that is how I would like to sum up my opinion: leave our children alone,” Orbán said.