Hungary said in a statement it shared EU's values and commitment to the rule of law "but it should be left to the Hungarian people to decide whether those regulations are adhered to and implemented correctly, as they are as good judges of the issue as to any other European people". All EU nations badly need the money as coronavirus infections and deaths surge around Europe and economies are ravaged by both increased health care demands and lockdowns to slow the pace of contamination.
"This rule has been adopted or will be adopted by a simple, qualified majority in order to discipline Poland and Hungary [.] Who can believe that the Polish or Hungarian parliament will ratify a package that is said to contain instruments to stop funding European projects in these two countries", Jansa also said on Tuesday.More news: UK's Johnson stands by minister found to have bullied staff
Orban, whose nationalist government is under investigation for undermining the independence of Hungary's media and non-governmental organisations, has linked his veto to his continued opposition to mass immigration into the EU.
Hungary and Poland had been facing European Union sanctions for alleged attempts by their governments to undermine the independence of their judges.
"Hungary, in fact, is a dedicated follower of the rule of law". "In our view, tying economic and financial questions to political debates would be a grave mistake, one that would undermine Europe's unity".More news: COVID-19: Prior coronavirus infection 'offers protection for at least six months'
Hungary's Viktor Orban was bullish on Wednesday when he said Europe was attempting to use a "political whip" to punish member states that refuse dto fall in line.
While Slovenia did not join them in vetoing the budget on Monday, Jansa said in the letter that it would not be appropriate for a political body to adjudicate in disputes over the rule of law.
Slovenia's Prime Minister Janez Jansa criticised the language of the new rules, which are generally couched in relatively emotive terms painting opponents as being anti-democratic, or anti-rule of law.More news: South Dakota's Noem defends forgoing masks as virus surges