Fully 53% of Hungarians reject European Union plans to finance Ukraine’s reconstruction after the war, and 69% reject EU member states funding social care and pensions during the war, according to a survey conducted by the Századvég Foundation. The survey was conducted among 1,000 Hungarian adults in November, after European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz proposed a “21st century Marshall plan for Ukraine” in an article published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Setting up a platform to aid the reconstruction of the war-torn country has been on the EU’s agenda since March, Századvég noted. Fully 79% rejected paying Ukrainian wages from EU monies during the conflict, the think-tank added. Also, Hungarians were opposed to donating military aid to the country, with 78% rejecting the training of Ukrainian armed forces in the EU, while 81% opposed the EU or member states purchasing arms for the country. Fully 72% were against “Hungarian taxpayers funding Ukraine,” Századvég said.