O The meeting took place before this week’s European summit, which is expected to be important in terms of decisions on top positions in the European community bloc, after this month’s European elections.

Meloni and Orbán have good relations and agree on issues such as combating illegal immigration and falling birth rates and defining limits on the EU’s shared sovereignty.

However, Orbán does not share the Italian Government’s position of firm support for Ukraine in its fight against the invading Russian forces.

At community level, Meloni is the president of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) party group, to which the right-wing Brothers of Italy party (FdI) belongs, while Orbán’s Fidesz does not. is part of no European parliamentary group, after withdrawing from the center-right European People’s Party (EPP) two years ago.

Orbán is expected to join the ECR, but it is taking longer than expected.

Meloni, whose FdI maintained its position as Italy’s most voted party in the European elections, with around 29% of the votes, is expected to demand for Italy a top place in the European Commission, with the minister of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan ( PNRR), Raffaele Fitto, as “head of the list” of Rome.

There are also rumors that European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s EPP could lead the ECR to the governing majority in the European Parliament instead of the Greens.

Orbán’s role in negotiations over top EU posts is not expected to be pivotal, in part due to his stance on Ukraine.

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and leader of Forza Italia (FI), Antonio Tajani, today reiterated the conviction that the PPE should try to forge an alliance with the ECR and reject the idea of ​​bringing the Greens into the current coalition led by the PPE and which also includes the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) and the liberal Renaissance group, led by French President Emmanuel Macron.

“We cannot let the Greens in and we must not continue Timmermans’ legacy”, he maintained, referring to Frans Timmermans, the leader of the Dutch Labor Party, who is considered the main architect of the EU’s ‘Green Deal’.

Right-wing and center-right parties are trying to delay the implementation of the Green Deal and water down its ambitious goals.

The S&D have repeatedly vetoed the ECR’s entry into the tripartite coalition, describing Meloni’s parliamentary group – which includes Spain’s Vox party, Poland’s Law and Justice (PiS) and Sweden Democrats – as “far-right”. , and have been lobbying strongly in favor of the Greens’ entry.

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