Hungary says it will block talks on Ukrainian membership in the EU: what are the conditions
The Hungarian authorities will block negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the European Union (EU). The country demands that a number of conditions be met.
The government of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is threatening to veto the next EU summit in December. The reason is that the rights of the Hungarian minority in Ukraine are being violated, according to the NOS article.
"New laws that have worsened the lives of Hungarians in Ukraine have been introduced," said Balázs Orbán, Orbán's political adviser. He is referring to the recently adopted language law in Ukraine, which obliges minorities, not only Hungarians, to receive at least 70% of their education in Ukrainian.
"We cannot agree with this. Hungary's position is crystal clear: as long as this law exists, there can be no discussions with Ukrainians about their integration into the European Union," Orban said in an interview with NOS.
The European Union fears that the Orban government will take an intransigent stance on this issue to be right on a completely different issue: receiving EU subsidies to which Hungary believes it is entitled. Brussels refuses to pay this money, more than 20 billion euros, as long as Hungary has problems with corruption and the rule of law.
Earlier, OBOZ.UA reported that the European Commission (EC) is assessing Ukraine's implementation of 7 recommendations for the start of negotiations on joining the EU. The executive body of the EU considers 4 of them to be fully completed. Presumably, the process will be launched on March 24.