The European Parliament will turn to the TEU to force free money for Hungary and Poland

The European Parliament will refer to the Court of Justice of the European Union to denounce the inaction of the European Commission in the face of the rule of law violations in Hungary and Poland, because it has not already activated the conditionality that would freeze the disbursement of European funds to these two countries, as long as the anti-democratic tendency persists.

This has been confirmed by the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, who entrusted the legal service of the institution with the preparation of the case after the European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs adopted a recommendation on the matter last week.

The European Parliament will turn to the TEU to force free money for Hungary and Poland
The European Parliament will turn to the TEU to force free money for Hungary and Poland

“Member States that violate the rule of law should not receive funding from the European Union. Last year Parliament fought hard for a mechanism to guarantee this, but the European Commission has so far refused to use it,” complained Sassoli in a statement released after communicating his decision to his political group leaders in a session in the European Parliament via videoconference.

The Italian socialist argued that the European Parliament is taking legal action against another institution, with the need to protect the EU’s democratic principles and the rule of law when they are threatened and to ensure that “the rules are properly applied” .

The EU has a new regulation that allows Brussels to suspend the payment of Community funds (including those provided for in the recovery plan) to countries that have violated the rule of law to protect the bloc’s financial interests.

This regulation – in force and valid since January 1st – was adopted with the rejection of the governments of Hungary and Poland, who consider them to be arbitrary and without legal basis, so that for several weeks they blocked the adoption of the European budget and the anti- Crisis plan of 800,000 million euros.

Both capitals gave in and lifted their veto before the end of 2020, but guaranteed they would take their doubts to the EU Court of Justice, a move they took in March.

In return, the Community Executive promised not to initiate any proceedings until the judgment of the European judiciary is known, although Brussels has announced that it will take the first step in the coming weeks in view of the undemocratic emigration in Warsaw and Budapest.

From the perspective of the European Chamber, however, they are disappointed with the times when the European Commission is getting along and regret its inaction, even though it has the powers and instruments to act. The President of Parliament will have to decide how to proceed in the next few days, following the recommendation of the MEPs.

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