Hungary’s ruling party submitted a resolution to parliament on Wednesday (6 December), calling on the government not to support the start of talks on Ukraine’s EU accession as Budapest steps up pressure on Brussels ahead of a crucial summit next week.
Orbán demands EU skip decision on Ukraine membership talks
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán demanded on Monday (4 December) that a summit of EU leaders next week avoid any decision on Ukraine’s coveted goal of getting a green light for membership talks even as the country fights Russia’s invasion.
Distrust of Orbán has been running high in Brussels after bitter run-ins during his 13 years in power over the rights of gay people and migrants in Hungary, as well as tightening state controls over academics, the courts and media. This resulted in billions of euros of EU funds for Hungary being frozen.
“The start of membership talks with Ukraine should be based on a consensus among European Union member states… The conditions for this are not present today.”
A large-scale inflow of Ukrainian grains into the EU triggered protests from farmers in eastern Europe last year, while Polish truckers have blockaded several border crossings with Ukraine, calling on the EU to restore permits limiting transit for Ukrainian competitors.
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