V4 countries should take more robust action in order to not suffer discrimination in the EU
18. 05. 2021.
The Visegrád countries (V4) are subject to massive discrimination, and unless they step up – stronger and together – the situation will not change, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán wrote on Tuesday, replying to Mikulaš Dzurinda, former Prime Minister of Slovakia, President of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies.

In his writing entitled Samizdat No. 7 forwarded to the Hungarian news agency MTI by the Press Office of the Prime Minister, Mr Orbán responded to the fact that Mr Dzurinda refused his proposal voiced in an interview given to the Slovak news portal postoj.sk that the V4 countries need to work towards transforming the European Union’s German-French axis into a three-pillar, power centre based on German-French-V4 cooperation.

“This, of course, is only possible through Polish V4 leadership, but this is not Mikuláš’s reason for refusing the initiative. According to his theory, my proposal would only increase the European Union’s internal fragmentation, leading to further division, not unity,” the Prime Minister wrote.

Mr Orbán stressed that the question, however, is not theoretical in nature but, rather, practical.

“It is a fact that the countries of the V4 have not managed to properly advance their interests within the EU’s framework. It is a fact that we, Central Europeans, are subject to massive discrimination. What I am saying is that if we do not step up — stronger and together — this situation will not change,” he wrote.

Mr Orbán argued that the internal market’s current setup means that the European common market provides EUR 1,074 worth of annual extra revenue to the French citizen, EUR 1,046 to the German, EUR 537 to the Slovak and EUR 408 to the Hungarian. These are data from 2016, he added.

Moreover, if we compare the amount of incoming EU transfers in V4 countries to the profit and dividend revenues leaving our nations, we will see the great extent of our losses. In the case of Hungary, the difference is 80 percent; in the case of Slovakia, it is above 90 percent,” the Prime Minister wrote, taking the view that “the disproportionality in centrally managed EU programmes (such as Horizon 2020) is not simply woeful — it is humiliating”.

Mr Orbán also pointed out that while our populations make up more than 20 percent of the European Union, the countries that joined the bloc since 2004 receive only 5.1 percent of funds. “Meanwhile, our proposals aiming to remedy the geographical disproportionality have been defeated,” he wrote.

The Prime Minister also highlighted that the EU’s directive on posted workers has been rewritten in a way that is detrimental to the V4. “The first mobility package put our freight companies in a hurtful, insulting position. And I haven’t even mentioned the brain drain, obligatory migrant resettlement quotas and the double standards implemented against us,” he wrote.

“Dear Mikulaš, should we not finally start behaving as equal partners to the western member states? Has the time not come for us to get organised and stand up for our interests? Why should we remain the EU’s dupes? Slovaks and Hungarians deserve more than this,” Mr Orbán concluded his response.

The Prime Minister has already published six response-type writings under the title ‘Samizdat’ on European political issues.