"The current snail's pace of negotiations endangers the timely disbursement of the corona aid," said FDP member Moritz Körner from the budget committee of the European Parliament of "Welt am Sonntag". And further: "Merkel must finally decide what her priority is: Protect Orban or quickly pay out EU corona aid."
Neither will work. The CSU MP Monika Hohlmeier, who is leading the negotiations, made it clear what the parliamentarians expect from the member states: “We will only agree to a compromise in which it is very clear that compliance with the fundamental criteria of the rule of law is a prerequisite for the financial interests of the EU are preserved, "she told the" Welt am Sonntag ". And further: "The independence of judges, the neutrality of the state administration, the impartial occupation of public prosecutors and the free journalistic reporting, that is all for us and that must be in the agreement." The Green MP Daniel Freund, der also takes part in the negotiation rounds, warned of the consequences: “So far, the federal government has been chasing Orban instead of proposing a rule of law mechanism that has a large majority in parliament. If the member states do not move, an agreement by the end of October is completely unrealistic. ”The parliamentarians do not have to formally approve the reconstruction plan, but they have a say in the EU long-term budget until 2027. Both projects are technically and politically interlinked. After the agreement between the member states and the EU Parliament, the national parliaments of the member states must give the EU Commission permission to incur debts on the capital market in order to finance the reconstruction plan. If the vote in the national parliaments is delayed, the reconstruction fund cannot be ready in January as planned.