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Hungary Considers Joining EU Prosecutor’s Mandate to Unlock Funds

 Prime Minister Viktor Orban has rejected joining the EU prosecutor’s mandate.

 Prime Minister Viktor Orban has rejected joining the EU prosecutor’s mandate.

Photographer: Valeria Mongelli/Bloomberg

Hungary’s cabinet has discussed the possibility of accepting the jurisdiction of the European Union’s chief prosecutor, the minister in charge of talks to unlock aid from the bloc told the Mandiner weekly.

Unlike most of his peers, Prime Minister Viktor Orban has rejected joining the EU prosecutor’s mandate, calling it a red line that infringes on national sovereignty. But now he is under pressure to relent on a range of issues to gain access to billions of euros in funds crucial to the economy that the EU has frozen over graft and rule-of-law concerns.