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GULYÁS: PROPOSALS AIMED AT ENDING EU CONDITIONALITY PROCEDURE TO BE SUBMITTED TO PARLT NEXT WEEK

 

The government will next week submit to parliament its proposals needed to end the procedure regarding the conditionality mechanism which links European Union funding to the rule of law, the prime minister’s chief of staff said. Hungary has been conducting intensive negotiations with the European Commission over several months and there are no more unresolved issues, Gergely Gulyás told a regular press briefing. The government has accepted several of the EC’s recommendations, Gulyás said, adding that the two sides had compromised on the proposals Hungary could not accept. The cabinet discussed and approved these proposals at its Saturday meeting and will submit them to parliament next Monday and Friday, Gulyás said. The laws in question will enter into force in November, paving the way for the end of the conditionality procedure, he said. The series of talks held between Hungary and the commission over the last two months can be considered “a step from mutual distrust towards mutual trust”, Gulyás said. He urged lawmakers to approve the proposals so that the conditionality procedure could be concluded. Talks are also ongoing on the post-pandemic recovery fund and the partnership agreement on the operative programmes of the EU’s next seven-year budget, Gulyás noted.