Brussels is preparing for an unfair move – it would pay Ukraine while the European Commission is withholding financial assistance from Hungary and Poland

After her talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Ursula von der Leyen said the leaders of Brussels propose a package of EUR 1.5 billion per month and up to EUR 18 billion in total to cover Ukraine’s financial needs next year. The President of the European Commission underlined that the European Union will support Ukraine as long as the country at war needs it. At the same time, Hungary and Poland, despite being EU Member States, have not yet had access to the EU funds that are rightfully due. In light of these developments, Századvég examined the Hungarians’ position on the financial support of Ukraine.

Brussels would support Ukraine instead of our country and Poland

For months, Brussels forces have urged for the reconstruction of Ukraine with European financial resources, European taxpayers’ money, as an earlier analysis by Századvég showed. In October, the President of the European Commission and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz envisioned a "new Marshall Plan" for  Ukraine's recovery, arguing for the justification for the European Union's economic assistance. Interestingly, in the spring of 2020, Ursula von der Leyen already announced a “new Marshall Plan” to mitigate the economic damage caused to Europe by the coronavirus pandemic, although Brussels has not yet disbursed the funds in question to Hungary and Poland. Based on the survey, it can be concluded

that the public is concerned about the leaders in Brussels providing significant financial assistance to a country that is not a member of the European Union,

while it is withholding the resources from Poland and Hungary – which are members of the European Union – that are due to them. Accordingly,

72 percent of Hungarians consider it unfair for the European Union to pay EU funds due to Poland and Hungary to a non-EU country.

Hungary’s economic stability comes first

The poll shows that in the current war situation,

for 8 out of 10 Hungarians (80 percent), Hungary’s economic security is top-priority,

while 16 percent of those surveyed consider financeal assistance to Ukriane to be a more urgent task.


The Hungarians' demand to preserve the economic stability of our country is inseparable from the fact that sanction inflation, instigated by the punitive measures in Brussels, is a noticeable burden on the population in everyday life. Thus,

it is not acceptable for the Hungarian people to make further financial sacrifices as a result of Brussels' decisions.

CATI method, n=1000, among adult Hungarian population, data collection: November 2022

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