Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Facebook statement prior to the meeting of the European Council
22 October 2022, Brussels

The summit of the prime ministers of the European Union’s Member States will begin here in Brussels within minutes. The most important question continues to remain how we can fight against energy prices that have gone through the roof. The Commission was months late in presenting the relevant proposals. Now, they have come up with one; this, however has a few elements that are diametrically opposed to Hungary’s national interests. Prescribing a regime of common, mandatory energy procurements is not in our best interests, and neither is the application of a common European price cap because in that case the agreements serving as the basis for the gas supplies coming to Hungary would cease to have effect and Hungary would be left without energy supply. This is contrary to the Hungarian national interests, but there are others, too, who share the same views as us, and so I believe there is a good chance that tonight we’ll be able to enforce the Hungarian national interests.