The European Commission has no authority to compile comparative assessments of the rule of law in European Union members and introduce sanctions on that basis, the justice minister told public Kossuth Rádió on Monday morning.
Judit Varga cited a 2014 position by the European Council under which dialogue on the rule of law should be conducted on an intergovernmental basis, without discrimination and treating members as equal.
According to Varga, the EU wants to bypass that position through “establishing a regime which could pass judgement over member states through a qualified vote based on information from the Commission”. “This is what violates the rule of law,” she added.
The state of the rule of law in member states should not be linked to access to community funding because that would lead to more abuse of the system, Varga insisted.
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