Many Member States have already received the first tranche of billions of euros made available from the EU Recovery Instrument, but Hungary's Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP) has not yet been approved by the EU. It has become clear over the past decade that the only means by which the EU can put pressure on the Hungarian government is essentially through controlling the disbursement of funds. The stakes are indeed high as to what commitments the EU will consider sufficient to give the green light to the Hungarian Recovery Plan.
This is a rare opportunity for the EU to enforce meaningful anti-corruption measures that the government would not take on its own. While we do not believe that political corruption in Hungary could be stopped by the EU alone, appropriate measures can be taken to make it more difficult to divert EU funds from the purposes they were meant for. It is also important to bear in mind that the funds to be disbursed after the approval of the RRP could become a source of illegal campaign funding before the elections, for example through supporting the outsourced public interest trusts or investments fostering patronage.