Government not doing ‘everything it can’ to secure RRF funding deal – Reuters
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The Hungarian government is doing all it can to reach an agreement with the European Union on funding for its Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), Regional Development Minister Tibor Navracsics told reporters on Friday, arguing that if a deal fails, the government will not be to blame, according to a report by state newswire MTI.
The government is “open to any recommendations” and does not rule out making further changes to the legislation, Navracsics said.
He added that the European Commission had not asked Hungary to join the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, but that such a condition would not be rejected outright.
He put the chances of reaching an agreement on the RRF at “98.8%”.
Navracsics said Hungary is likely to decide this year whether or not to take credit under the RRF. From a political point of view, the removal of credit would be justified because Hungary’s RRF plan is good and would improve the country’s competitiveness. Credit conditions are also more favorable than market conditions, he added.
Navracsics said the government will submit all its operational programs for the 2021-2027 funding period by July 31, adding that the EC has five months to assess them. EU Cohesion and Reforms Commissioner Elisa Ferreira acknowledged that talks with Hungary have accelerated in recent weeks and are “progressing at a good pace”, he said.
Asked whether Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s controversial comments on racial mixing in Baile Tusnad, Romania, last weekend could influence the talks, Navarcsics said there were no concrete indications of consequences.
Navracsics also said the government had until August 22 to address the EC’s rule of law concerns.
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