Twenty-seven adopted the 750 billion euro European recovery plan a year ago It will soon become hard money for Europeans. For some of them, at least. On Monday, July 26, Croatia, Cyprus, Lithuania and Slovenia joined the club of nations, whose national recovery plan was approved by the Council, after being approved by the Commission, so social assistance can be accessed. In total, they are sixteen in this case (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovakia, more than the four already mentioned).
For others, the process seems to drive its course. Except for Hungary and Poland, where the Commission seeks concessions in accordance with the law, in exchange for its approval. “In the face of controversy over discrimination against the LGBT people in Poland and Hungary, the Commission seeks to respond to the independence of the judiciary and the fight against corruption. Even if it succeeds, it will not be considered satisfactory by all.”, Compiles a diplomat.
Hungary, deaf to the pressure of Brussels
In Hungary, In June, a law was passed banning the “promotion” of homosexuality among minors Under pressure from public opinion and the European Parliament, the Commission believed the wait was urgent. Since then, Prime Minister Victor Orban has announced that he will hold a referendum on the legislation and is deaf to Brussels’ pressure: “This money is ours”On July 23, he said the European recovery plan would give him access to 7.2 billion euros. On Monday, the community administrator in Budapest announced that it was proposing to postpone the deadline for evaluating its recovery plan to September 30, initially scheduled for July 12.
“On the anti-LGBT law, the masses say: the Commission cannot demand the conversion of Hungary into a Swedish liberal democracy in exchange for a recovery plan”, A diplomat agrees. The only way to counter this text is the violation procedure initiated by Brussels against Budapest on 15 July. But the controversy created by this law “Shameless”, To use the time of the commission’s chairperson Ursula van der Leyen, forced the social administrator to tighten its tone on other themes, as well as the framework for Europe, for which the recovery plan provides, in this case, a lever action.
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