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Hungary has conducted its talks with the European Commission aimed at boosting the transparency of public procurements “in a constructive spirit” over the summer, the justice minister has said.
European partners have recognised this, Judit Varga said. It is also crucial that Hungary’s partners get a better understanding of the country’s stance on the rule-of-law procedures, the war in Ukraine and the energy sanctions imposed on Russia, Varga told MTI after talks with French President Emmanuel Macron’s Europe advisor and Laurence Boone, France’s state secretary for European affairs. Varga noted that Hungary had put forward several proposals in its response letter to the European Commission late last month, and was in agreement with its negotiating partners at the talks in Brussels that the transparent utilisation of EU funds was as much in the interest of EU citizens as it was in that of Hungarian taxpayers. “It is a shared interest for which the Hungarian government has been able to provide far-reaching guarantees,” the minister said. “We have done everything the EU has asked, so we await the positive evaluation,” she added. Varga praised the “constructive, positive and solution-oriented tone” of the talks between the EC and Hungary.