Orbán: proceedings against Poland destroy EU unity

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán assured Polish President Andrzej Duda of Hungary’s solidarity and full support in Warsaw’s dispute with Brussels. [EPA-EFE/ Zoltan Mathe]

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán assured Polish President Andrzej Duda of Hungary’s solidarity and full support in Warsaw’s dispute with Brussels when he received him on Thursday, press chief Bertalan Havasi told national news agency MTITelex reported.

In a highly unusual move in its ongoing legal spat with Poland, the European Commission asked the top EU court on Tuesday to impose a daily financial penalty for Warsaw’s non-compliance with temporary measures European judges put in place in July.

On 14 July, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) ordered Poland to suspend certain powers of the country’s disciplinary chamber for judges. This week, the Commission said Warsaw had failed to comply with the orders and asked the court to impose daily fines.

The court will now decide if a financial penalty is necessary and if so, what the amount should be.

Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga said on Twitter that the EU executive “crossed a line that we previously thought it would never do”, accusing the Commission of not caring about what member states say.

Poland promised last month to scrap the disciplinary chamber in question but the Commission now said the promises lacked clarity.

According to the senior Commission official, Brussels was given “no information on how this needs to be done or by when, for instance.”

(Vlagyiszlav Makszimov | EURACTIV.com with Telex)

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