Von der Leyen tells Hungary, Poland to ask EU’s top court on rule of law

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European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen speaks during a debate on the next EU council and last Brexit development during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, 25 November 2020. Even in Poland and Hungary,” von der Leyen said. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Von der Leyen tells Hungary, Poland to ask EU’s top court on rule of law

By Zoe Didili
Journalist, New Europe

epa08840362 epa08840361 European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen speaks during a debate on the next EU council and last Brexit devlopement during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, 25 November 2020. “They can go to the European Court of Justice and allow the new rules to be tested there,” the head of the Commission told MEPs during the parliament’s plenary session in Brussels. To the people who fear for their jobs. EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET / POOL EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET / POOL

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Hungary and Poland should ask the European Court of Justice (CJEU) to assess the rules linking budget funds to respect of rule of law, instead of blocking the bloc’s budget, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday. Their move is expected to further delay the disbursement of EU money to member-states at a rather crucial moment for the bloc, which is struggling to cope with the economic aftermath of the Coronavirus pandemic. Last week, during the bloc’s 27 ambassadors’ meeting (COREPER), the two countries used their political veto to adopt the so-called Own Resources Decision, blocking the adoption of the EU’s €1.8 trillion Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027, including the €750 billion recovery plan, citing that the link between access to EU funds and rule of law was a tool by Brussels to blackmail them over migration. To those whose existence is threatened. “To those who have had to temporarily close their restaurants and shops for the good of us all. “That is the place where difference of opinions about legislative texts are usually settled, and that is not done at the expense of millions and millions of European citizens who are urgently waiting for our help,” she added. Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban with his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki are set to meet on Thursday in Budapest for talks over their negotiating position.