Good deal close to being reached for Poland, Hungary, EU - Orban

Referring to the ongoing EU budget negotiations, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban told a Polish public television broadcaster in Warsaw on Tuesday that "we are very close to reaching a good deal for Poland, Hungary and the entire EU."

Orban arrived in Warsaw on Tuesday for another round of talks with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Poland's ruling party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who is also a deputy prime minister. Both countries oppose a rule of law requirement that is tied to the draft EU budget. The clause makes the budget payouts dependent on how a country fares in the rule of law criteria.

Speaking to TVP Info, PM Orban stated that today the two countries have been strengthening their alliance, that Poles and Hungarians have been cooperating very closely and that this was their strength.

Asked whether Poland and Hungary would present a common position during the forthcoming EU summit, Orban answered that "the guarantees are greater than 100 percent," and added that the two countries had a chance to reach the goal they had set.

Orban admitted that both the EU multi-year budget and the Recovery Plan were important, but said that it was national sovereignty which was at stake during the ongoing talks, and not financial matters.

A European Council summit is scheduled for Thursday and Friday.