Brussels is abusing its powers, constantly making threats and engaging in political blackmail, Fidesz MEP Balazs Hidvéghi said on Sunday, when asked about the possibility of the EU withholding funding from Hungary. “Brussels can’t do this,” Hidvéghi told public broadcaster Kossuth Radio, arguing that EU funds were not handouts, but money Hungary was entitled to. “Brussels doesn’t have the right to withhold the funds. This is all part of the political threats and blackmail,” he said. The MEP said the European Commission was particularly interested in the views of Hungarians and was even keeping up with the government’s ongoing National Consultation public survey. He urged the public to fill out the survey, saying that it “greatly helps our work in Brussels”.
Asked about the EC’s lawsuit against Hungary for what the commission sees as Hungary’s unlawfully restricting the access of migrants to refugee procedures, Hidvéghi said it was because of the growing migration pressure that migrants were only allowed to submit asylum requests at foreign missions. Hungary, he said, has been pursuing a firm policy when it comes to migration. “We’re determined to stand up for the interests of Hungarians, determined to protect our homeland,” he said.
Asked about “Brussels’s LGBTQ expansion”, Hidvéghi said this was a “diversion” on the part of the EC. Referring to the launch of an infringement procedure against Hungary over its child protection law by the EC this week, Hidvéghi said the commission’s problem with the law was that “we’re not willing to let LGBTQ activists into kindergartens and schools.” “We refuse to allow children to be exposed to sexual propaganda against the will of their parents,” Hidvéghi said. “This cannot happen in Hungary.”