Visegrad Insight Breakfasts
27 February 2020
Facing a sharp decline in financial support from the next European budget, countries of Central Europe have found new opportunities in the “formerly-hostile” environmental policies.
Comedy has a way of shining a light, sometimes uncomfortably, on the internal motivations and psychology of a society, even elucidating how seriously (or not) they consider an issue. This was certainly the case when Viktor Orbán’s communication minister, Antal Rogán, quipped last year that “Greens are like watermelons: green outside, but red inside.”
The reason for this “against the tide” position stemmed from the viewpoint that climate change – in fact any green – initiatives were seen as obstacles to the economic and industrial development of Hungary. The rest of the V4 choose not to champion the green cause either – until, that is, they discovered that there was money available.
Since European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced the European Green Deal with its massive funding, the questions resonating across the region are: how much can we get? And would it come at the expense of the – apparently, shrinking – cohesion funds or the common agriculture policy (CAP)?