Meloni and Macron talk to Orban before EU summit to discuss funds for Ukraine

Thursday, 1 February 2024

The leaders of Italy and France, Giorgia Meloni and Emmanuel Macron, met with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban last night (31 January).

According to Index, Orbán held talks with the Italian and French leaders in preparation for the EU summit on Thursday, the main issue of which is the approval of a four-year financial assistance programme for Ukraine worth €50 billion.

Orbán himself posted a photo with Meloni on his Facebook account, which he captioned succinctly: "Meeting with Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni on the eve of the EU summit."

Orbán did not report on his meeting with the French president on his social media.

Orbán is in Brussels on the eve of the summit, where the issue of a four-year, €50 billion financial assistance programme for Ukraine is to be decided.

Orbán confirmed that last Saturday, Budapest sent a compromise agreement to Brussels to unblock €50 billion in EU funding for Ukraine.

Orbán said the compromise means that funding will be allocated to Ukraine on the condition that "you guarantee that every year we will decide whether we will continue to send this money or not". In short, this means that Hungary can block aid every year.

According to media reports, EU leaders will propose that the idea of holding annual discussions on the planned €50 billion aid package for Ukraine be included in the EU summit decision to secure Hungary's support in approving the allocation of funds.

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