Hungary’s ruling party, Fidesz, has submitted a resolution to parliament urging the government not to support the start of talks on Ukraine’s accession to the European Union. Prime Minister Viktor Orban has expressed concerns that EU leaders may not reach a consensus on starting membership talks with Ukraine and has stated that the issue should not be put on the agenda for the upcoming summit.
The resolution emphasizes that the European Union’s expansion policy should be based on rules and performance, and that the start of membership talks with Ukraine should be dependent on a consensus among EU member states. It also highlights the need for a thorough assessment of how Ukraine’s possible membership would impact cohesion and agricultural policies within the bloc, particularly for poorer EU members like Hungary.
Hungary’s position on Ukraine’s accession to the EU is significant, as unanimity among all EU member states is required to admit a new country into the bloc, giving Hungary a powerful veto. Under Orban’s leadership, Hungary has often complicated EU efforts to support Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion, although Orban has eventually agreed to military and sanctions packages.
The resolution also addresses concerns about the impact of a large-scale inflow of Ukrainian grain into the EU, which triggered protests from farmers in eastern Europe last year. Polish truckers have also blockaded several border crossings with Ukraine, calling on the EU to restore permits limiting transit for Ukrainian competitors.
Orban is set to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris to discuss European support for Ukraine, as well as the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Critics have accused Orban of attempting to blackmail Brussels to gain access to billions of euros in EU funding, and distrust of Orban has been high in Brussels due to concerns about corruption, democratic norms, and his ties with Moscow.
The European Commission has withheld nearly 22 billion euros from Hungary over concerns about corruption and perceived backsliding of democratic norms under Orban’s leadership. Despite the EU’s sanctions against Russia over its war in Ukraine, Orban has continued to maintain ties with Moscow.
In conclusion, Hungary’s ruling party’s resolution regarding Ukraine’s accession to the EU reflects the country’s concerns about the potential impact on EU policies and its own interests. The issue is likely to be a point of contention at the upcoming EU summit, as EU leaders seek to navigate the complexities of Ukraine’s potential membership while addressing Hungary’s objections.
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