Hungary could miss out on EU billions in rule-of-law fight – DW – 11/30/2022

Hungary may soon be left hanging for some €13 billion ($13.4 billion) of EU funds in the long-simmering dispute over what EU officials see as democratic backsliding in Budapest, following a negative European Commission assessment on recent reform efforts.

The EU executive branch recommended on Wednesday that payments from two pots of EU cash equivalent to one-fifth of the country’s 2021 budget expenditure be withheld until the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban makes good on reform commitments relating to judicial independence and fighting corruption, among other things.

“There can be no disbursements to Hungary unless and until all 27 milestones covering judicial independence and protecting the EU budget are respected,” European Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni…

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