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Dispute over less EU money for Hungary enters next round

Dispute over less EU money for Hungary enters next round

The row over a possible cut in EU funds for Hungary enters the next round. The EU Commission will advise on Sunday (8:30 am) on “Hungary’s EU budget protection,” the body announced. After the meeting, Commissioner Johannes Hahn, who is in charge of the budget, will present the findings.

Hungary is at risk of cuts to the billions due to the country’s endemic corruption and other violations of the rule of law. The EU Commission, led by Ursula von der Leyen, could present a similar proposal to member states on Sunday, German news agency DPA learned from EU circles. It will be the first time that the authority has proposed cutting off EU funds for violations of the rule of law.

A report released by the commission in July spoke of an “environment in which the dangers of nepotism, nepotism, and friendliness in senior public management are not addressed.” According to the European Union Parliament, Hungary is no longer a fully democratic country. Instead, conditions in the central European country have deteriorated to the point that it has become a “selective autocracy,” according to a report approved by a large majority of members of parliament on Thursday.

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