According to 6 out of 10 Hungarians, Brussels should strive for cooperation and compromise, and it has no right to withhold – not even partially – the payment of EU funds due to individual Member States, including Hungary – this has been revealed by the latest research conducted by Századvég. The survey mapped public perceptions on the disbursement of cohesion and recovery funds that Hungary is rightly entitled to.
Brussels’ actions are not fair to Hungary
It is important to state that one of the most important pillars of the European Union since its foundation has been the equality of the countries that make up the community and the respect for this requirement. It is easy to see that
discrimination against individual Member States and disregard for their legitimate (financial) interests,
especially in the distressed situation caused by the Russian-Ukrainian war and Brussels’ failed sanctions policy, fundamentally threaten the
unity and effective functioning of the European Union.
The European community can be successful both in the relations between the EU bodies and the Member States, as well as between individual countries, only by taking into account the aspects of cooperation and willingness to compromise.
Despite this, as the previous analysis of Századvég highlighted,
Brussels withholds a significant part of the EU funds due to Hungary, a move that the vast majority of Hungarians do not feel is justified.
Polling data show that
60 percent of those surveyed believe that the European Union is an alliance of equal and free countries, so Brussels has no right to withhold – not even partially – the financial resources due to the Member States but should seek a compromise.