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Hungary, Poland Challenge EU in Court over Funding Linked to Rule of Law

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.03.11.

Hungary and Poland have filed a suit in connection with the mechanism in the European Union budget that links EU funding to the rule of law, the European Court said on Thursday.

The bloc’s budget and post-pandemic recovery package approved in December contains a clause linking funding to observance of the rule of law, penalising member states that misuse EU monies.

Accordingly, the European Commission can recommend suing a member state. Thereafter, the European Council decides over the course of 1-3 months how to proceed regarding abuses of fundamental EU values in relation the management of EU funds.

Meanwhile, the final beneficiaries of the funds are granted access to the monies they are entitled to.

Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga on Thursday said the conditionality mechanism “seriously infringes legal certainty”.

Analysis: EU Rule of Law Condition Unchanged but Delayed and Qualified
Analysis: EU Rule of Law Condition Unchanged but Delayed and Qualified

On December 11, the new EU budget and recovery plan was finally passed with the consensus of the European Council after Hungary and Poland finally agreed to ratify it. While the “rule of law” condition on EU funds has not been removed, it has been qualified, and its effects have been delayed. Below, the European […]Continue reading

“As we promised last year, we are challenging the rule on conditionality before the Court of Justice of the European Union, together with Poland,” she said.

featured image: Hungarian PM Orbán and Polish PM Morawiecki earlier; via MTI/PM’s Press Office/ Zoltán Fischer