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The third wave of the coronavirus epidemic is spreading across Europe. Many western countries are shutting down again these weeks. Meanwhile, vaccine purchases in Brussels are advancing terribly slowly, with Hungary’s vaccination rate now twice the European Union average. What is the degree of deadlock in the institutions of the European Union?

As the Prime Minister had previously said: There was a good idea, then a bad implementation. There was a rationale why vaccine purchase was popular: if the block worked together, it creates more serious purchasing power, bargaining power, and bargaining power, in terms of price and quantity. This will dictate the logic of the market economy. However, upon implementation, we saw that some non-EU countries – the United Kingdom, Israel, the United States, and Serbia – were able to move faster with vaccines.

European Commission negotiators have bled in this difficult business world.

Hungary, on the other hand, cannot in any way be accused of infidelity: it was not just a partner in a state of impotence. Respecting the joint procurement of vaccines, Hungary has chosen the legal path to try to obtain vaccines from other sources, from Russia and China – with success. We would have vaccinated a million fewer if we hadn’t taken this step. Regardless of the source of the vaccine, which has been approved by the competent authorities in Hungary, it must be vaccinated. The proportion of infected people is still very high, the third wave is high in Hungary – we can save lives with vaccination. Data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control to me Otherwise, Hungary leads the way in terms of vaccination rate for the adult population (2021.04.14-i adat). I call on all Hungarians to register for vaccination. It is very important for everyone to realize: there is no other solution. This is the only way to defend yourself.

Ha’aretz: – A few weeks ago, the European Parliament threatened the European Commission with a lawsuit if the commission did not implement the rule of law mechanism. What do you think of this as a member of the European Parliament?

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– I was so ashamed of myself. I am not a lawyer, I am an economist, but my sense of law is strong. I think we need to respect European treaties, because that is the basis of how the European Union works. I feel ashamed that the European Parliament is resorting to all the written and unwritten rules. The team finds it difficult to accept agreement in the council on the multi-year financial framework and new tools for crisis management, which also included the interpretation of the so-called rule of law mechanism, which has been endorsed by Parliament and endorsed by the Council. Qualified majority. The parliamentary text was very dangerous, with a broad interpretation that could have become a political weapon in some hands. The European Council has given an explanation for this, and it is entitled to it. Let us not forget: the European Council is the main political decision-making body. I find it disgraceful that the European Parliament ignored the decision taken unanimously by heads of state and government in a decision in December and March. In doing so, they disturb the institutional structure and balance between the institutions that support our daily life. How can one be blamed for the rule of law when one of the institutions of the European Union, the European Parliament, happens to fail to respect EU law ?!

I think this is one of the lowest levels since the creation of the European Parliament.

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Fides recently split permanently from the left-wing European People’s Party. How will your work in the European Parliament change after leaving the People’s Party faction and the family party?

We put an end to the bad marriage. Our talks with the European People’s Party have intensified for three reasons. First, because part of the People’s Party joined the ranks of those who despise Hungary.

The other issue is that we were told many times in the corridor that this was an expectation on their part of the press and some NGOs and they couldn’t do anything else.

Which I consider extremely cowardly and unfair behavior. It was really a daily struggle “within marriage” where it was not a good idea to live together for long. On the other hand, we found that the People’s Party is not looking for a compromise on more and more issues, but rather is moving to the left by abandoning its principles. This can be supported in particular by those colleagues who have served in the European Parliament since Hungary joined the European Union in 2004. There is a topic that used to be a red line, but the People’s Party can now easily cross it. I tried myself in economic matters that we were still resisting at the beginning, but if we had to agree on a text, then instead of trying to form an alliance with the right or even the right-wing parties and build the European People’s Party there. He will give his waist and go left. We felt that our values ​​and interests did not allow for this number of unprincipled concessions. And third, this was the last straw, since the People’s Party did not have a majority to expel Fides, the political problem was meant to be addressed through a legal solution. They wanted to change the internal system of the People’s Party faction by introducing a suspended position to reflect what was at the level of the party family, but by doing so, we would have lost important rights. Indeed, by leaving, we were only able to preserve our full parliamentary rights.

Our parliamentary rights would have been suspended less than we have now since we left the group.

But if one is accountable to his electors, then one cannot limit his rights by adopting such rules. We are now in a transition period, working among freelancers. Twelve deputies in Fides – but we also consult with the deputies of the KDP who remained in the PPP, so we can safely say that thirteen deputies – have a great influence on latitudes. Thirteen big voices could be in heated debate – let’s not forget that Ursula von der Leyen was elected by a majority of nine. If Fedez were to vote differently, he would not be the president of the European Commission now. I say that we are in a state of transition because we are still thinking about whether to restore our membership in our parliamentary committee. Unrelated members have committee membership as well, and political groups have to find a solution for that. This is a technical issue. I think the new situation cannot stop until after that. By the way, we get a lot of inquiries from the right. Many people are already sitting on the needles to reverse the agenda of the European Parliament, whether it is a new political group. I don’t see a weakness in our capacity for advocacy – in fact, I think that’s how we got back our freedom.

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– The leaders of the Hungarian, Italian and Polish right-wing met in Budapest on Good Thursday. What does the Orbán-Salvini-Moravechi meeting envision for the Hungarian conservative members of the European Parliament?

I think it was a very important political meeting, a first step, and a signal to the world. Although we withdrew first from the People’s Party and then from the European People’s Party, this does not mean that we have changed in any direction, but we believe that the People’s Party has gone to the left. We see that there is a European Electoral Community that is now not represented. These forces must be combined. It was a high-level political meeting where representatives of three European Union member states – the powers in government – met. Italy is one of the largest member states of the Union, and it is also an important power with Poland, which is also large and medium in size. This is a long-term build, long-term action. It’s not about hopping from relationship to relationship as a marriage bomber, you have to start building. The communal house has to be built – this is the work in progress right now.