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Justice Minister: Advocate General’s Proposal ‘Not the Verdict, Just an Opinion’

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.12.02.

The opinion of the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union that the court should dismiss the action brought by Hungary and Poland against the so-called rule-of-law conditionality regulation is “not the verdict, just an opinion”, Justice Minister Judit Varga said on Thursday.

Varga said on Facebook in an English-language post that the opinion of Campos Sánchez-Bordona “ignores the fact that the conditionality regulation suffers from a manifest error in law, which alone would justify the annulment”.

Hungary, Poland Suit Against Rule-of-law Conditionality 'Should Be Dismissed,' ECJ Advocate General Says
Hungary, Poland Suit Against Rule-of-law Conditionality 'Should Be Dismissed,' ECJ Advocate General Says

The decision to tie EU funding to rule-of-law conditions is in line with EU law and the principle of legal certainty, Campos Sánchez-Bordona said.Continue reading

“Furthermore, its legal basis remains erroneous while it circumvents the Treaties and infringes basic rule of law requirements, in particular the principles of legal certainty and legislative clarity,” she added.

Varga said “before tears of joy well up in the eyes of the Brussels elite and the left-liberal media, let me just remind everyone: this is only a proposal. The judgement is not expected until the end of the year, early next year”.

“The Hungarian Government maintains its position and hopes that the Court will base its judgment solely on legal arguments and common sense, it won’t follow the erroneous arguments of the Advocate General, and will instead annul the regulation or call on the EU legislator to amend it,” she said.

“We say no to blackmailing with the rule of law!,” she added.

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