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Politics 05-04-2022

Commission to trigger mechanism that could see Hungary lose EU funds

The European Commission announced on Tuesday (5 April) that it will trigger a conditionality mechanism linking EU funds to the rule of law, just days after Hungary's general election saw Prime Minister Viktor Orban secure a fourth consecutive term.
Europe's East 04-03-2022

EU liberals leader: Ukraine no excuse for Polish rule of law problems

While the Polish government is portraying itself as a leader in the EU response to the war in Ukraine, problems with rule of law should not be ignored, said Stéphane Séjourné, leader of the liberals in the European Parliament.

EU top court quashes Hungary, Poland’s challenge to rule of law tool

The EU's top court dismissed on Wednesday (16 February) a legal challenge from Budapest and Warsaw to a recent EU law linking disbursement of bloc funds to rule of law standards, paving the way for the European Commission to launch proceedings against the two countries.

EU might propose freezing funds for Poland and Hungary before April

The European Commission could propose freezing European Union structural funds for Hungary and Poland over concerns for the rule of law before a Hungarian parliamentary election on 3 April, Budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn said on Tuesday (25 January).
Politics 22-12-2021

Hungary’s Orbán attacks EU for ‘brutal sabotage’ in funds row

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Tuesday (21 December) said the EU's withholding of funds was "the most brutal sabotage" as he insisted his country would stick by harsh asylum rules.

Adviser says court should dismiss legal challenge to linking EU money with rule of law

The legal adviser of the top EU court said on Thursday (2 December) Budapest and Warsaw's legal challenges to the EU law that links disbursement of bloc funds to rule of law standards should be dismissed.

European Parliament lawyers up for rule of law battle with the Commission

Following a long will-they-won't-they saga, European Parliament President David Sassoli announced on Wednesday (20 October) his institution will sue the European Commission if it fails to trigger the regulation linking EU funds to rule of law before 2 November.
Elections 08-10-2021

Poland’s PiS party is pushing the country towards EU exit, EPP warns

The centre-right European People's Party (EPP), the largest political group in the European Parliament, sounded the alarm on Thursday (7 October), warning that Poland's ruling party is pushing the country towards ‘Polexit’.
Economy & Jobs 01-10-2021

EU mulls approving Hungary, Poland recovery plans, with conditions

The EU is prepared to approve multi-billion-euro recovery plans for Hungary and Poland in the coming weeks, but with strict conditions attached, bloc officials said.

Hungary hits out at Brussels’ funding ‘blackmail’

The Hungarian government on Tuesday (28 September) condemned what it termed Brussels' "blackmail" over the allocation of EU funding as differences between the eastern member and the European Union institutions deepen.

EP presses ahead to sue Commission for dragging its feet on rule of law

The main organisational body of the European Parliament has given the go-ahead to continue the drawn-out procedure of suing the executive for failing to activate the budgetary conditionality linking EU funds to rule of law amid doubts over the action's speed and efficacy.

Commission struggles to defend usefulness of its rule of law report

Despite increasingly common violations of basic democratic standards, top EU officials say that the Commission's freshly released second annual rule of law report helps prevent future headaches, while critics warn that summaries of problems can do little to resolve deepening crises within the bloc.
Non-discrimination 07-07-2021

EU warns Hungary to fix anti-LGBTQ law or face action

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday (7 July) warned Hungary to reverse course on its controversial LGBTQ law, as pressure mounts on Brussels to cut EU funding to Budapest.
03-06-2021

‘Deadline elapsed’: MEPs vow to sue Commission over failing to apply rule of law regulation

The liberal Renew Europe group in the European Parliament pledged on Wednesday (2 May) to seek a majority in the legislative’s plenary sitting next week to sue the European executive for failing to apply a rule tying disbursement of EU...

Commission may face trouble over rule of law conditionality guidelines

The European Commission faces a tight deadline to present its rule of law guidelines following the European Parliament's move to hurry along the application of the regulation that ties the disbursement of bloc funds to the rule of law situation in EU countries.

EU Commission faces lawsuit unless it acts fast on rule of law conditionality

The European Parliament is set to pass a resolution warning that it will sue the European Commission unless the EU executive arm applies new legislation that makes access to billions of EU funds conditional on respecting the rule of law.

Hungary, Poland refer controversial rule of law mechanism to court

Hungary and Poland have launched legal action at the European Court of Justice (EJC) against the regulation tying the disbursement of bloc funds to the rule of law situation in EU countries, the court said on Thursday (11 March).
Economy & Jobs 10-12-2020

EU leaders unlock historic €1.8 trillion budget deal

EU leaders accepted on Thursday (10 December) the compromise reached between Germany and Hungary and Poland to unblock the EU budget package totalling €1.8 trillion, after the European Commission clarified that the Rule of Law mechanism will be valid from 1 January.
Economy & Jobs 10-12-2020

EU leaders to decide on compromise to unblock EU budget package

EU leaders will discuss on Thursday (10 December) whether to approve the compromise negotiated by the German presidency to drop Hungary and Poland’s vetoes to the EU budget deal, postponing of the Rule of Law mechanism until EU judges validate it.
Economy & Jobs 02-12-2020

Commission considers options for recovery fund without Hungary and Poland 

The European Commission is assessing options to circumvent Hungary and Poland’s veto to the EU budget and the recovery fund, and could come up with a proposal early next year if their blockade remains, a senior EU official confirmed on Wednesday (2 December).

Inconclusive video summit hashes over EU budget hurdle, vaccines

EU leaders said Thursday (19 November) they would intensify efforts to convince the Prime Ministers of Poland and Hungary to drop their veto of the EU coronavirus economic recovery plan, which has plunged the bloc into a new crisis.

Greek official: Rule of law discussion is ‘bigger than the EPP’

Hungary and Poland's opposition to Brussels' oversight of the rule of law and their vetoes over the long-term EU budget and the coronavirus recovery fund are symptomatic of bigger problems in the EU that go beyond the divisions within the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), a Greek government official told EURACTIV.
Economy & Jobs 19-11-2020

Row over rule of law infects EU virus summit

Hungary and Poland’s opposition to Brussels’ oversight over the rule of law will be top of the EU summit agenda Thursday (19 November), sidelining efforts to tackle the coronavirus epidemic. EU member states had planned to share the lessons learned...
18-11-2020

Slovenia PM backs Hungary, Poland in EU rule of law row

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa on Wednesday (18 November) backed the criticisms made by Poland and Hungary when they vetoed the EU budget over plans to tie funding to respect for the rule of law. “Some political groups… are openly...