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Concerning Hungary’s talks with the European Commission, the prime minister’s chief of staff, Gergely Gulyás, said consultations were ongoing on the procedure regarding the conditionality mechanism which links EU funding, the post-pandemic recovery fund and the seven-year EU budget to the rule of law. The EC aims to conclude the conditionality mechanism procedure first, and the government has accepted this, Gulyás said. The government agrees with the EC that the efficient and transparent utilisation of EU funds is a shared interest, he said, adding that the government has provided all the guarantees the commission has requested, adding that the two sides had reached an agreement on every professional matter. Gulyás expressed hope that the talks conducted in Brussels by Justice Minister Judit Varga, Tibor Navracsics, the minister for regional development, and János Bóka, the state secretary for EU affairs, would produce results. He also called on leftist MEPs to stop working on “blocking Hungary, Hungarian teachers and health-care workers, from the EU funds Hungary is entitled to.”