István Ujhelyi, MEP of the opposition Socialists, has said the government should prepare a new plan to access the European Union’s post-pandemic economic recovery funds.
Ujhelyi told MTI that the European Commission had not granted its approval to the government’s earlier plan, adding that “neither the document’s content nor its passage in lack of broad consultations met [the commission’s] criteria”. He also added that the EU’s reservations concerning the rule of law in Hungary had also contributed to the EC’s decision to withhold Hungary’s recovery funding. According to Ujhelyi, a new plan should focus on efforts to facilitate aid to make homes energy-efficient, while the government should introduce food vouchers for the poor, and make instant developments in health care “with regard to human resources in the first place”. “I expect the government to finalise its new plan following deep and meaningful consultations with local governments and professional organisations,” Ujhelyi said.