The European Parliament approves an aid of 18 billion blocked by Hungary
The European Parliament on Thursday supported the proposal for new European financial aid to Ukraine in the amount of 18 billion euros for 2023 which remains blocked by Hungary, in conflict with Brussels. By 507 votes (38 votes against, 26 abstentions), the MEPs, meeting in Strasbourg, largely gave their support to this new financial support for kyiv, to deal with the economic consequences of the invasion of Russia. “This vote is important not only for the much-needed funding it makes available to the people of Ukraine, but it’s also important for democracy,” said conservative European Parliament President Roberta Metsola after announcing in the hemicycle this vote carried out “at record speed”.
This aid for 2023, to take the form of loans whose interest would be borne by the Member States, was proposed at the beginning of November by the European Commission, expecting rapid approval from the European Parliament and the Council (Member States) for a payment first funds in January.
But Viktor Orban’s Hungary, in the midst of stormy negotiations for the release of European funds in its favor, refuses for the time being to give the green light to this joint loan proposal. She reaffirmed Thursday that she preferred to pay a national contribution of 187 million euros. His veto de facto prevents approval at Council level.
MEPs denounced the attitude of the Hungarian government. In another text voted on Thursday, they “deplore (nt) that the Hungarian authorities continue to abuse the European rule of unanimity to block essential decisions”. The elected officials urged the Commission to remain firm in the face of pressure from Budapest, accused of “blackmail”. The International Monetary Fund has estimated Ukraine’s needs at three to four billion euros per month in 2023.
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