“No concessions will be made on our part,” they said in a statement. “European Parliament leaders deeply regret this stalemate and reaffirm that the agreements reached on the multiannual budget as well as on conditionality with the rule of law) (.. .) cannot be reopened under any circumstances “, they added.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday that his country would also block the EU’s multi-annual budget in the final vote, as it did with Hungary in a preliminary vote on Monday, with the two countries disagreeing with the rule of law.
“A European Union in which there is a European oligarchy that punishes (the weakest Member States) is not the European Union in which we have entered,” he told parliament in Warsaw, according to AFP. “I said ‘yes’ to the European Union, but’ ‘no’ to our punishment like children,” he added. final to the “disintegration of the EU”.
“Today, this instrument can be directed against us, against Hungary, probably against Slovenia, probably against any other Central European country. But in a few years, in two or three years, he could be turned against someone else, “Morawiecki said.
“It is a turning point in EU history. Making decisions based on arbitrary provisions to regulate can ultimately lead to its collapse, ” he added.
” If our partners do not understand that we do not agree with unequal treatment for (member) states, with a stick that is always used against us, just because someone does not like our government, then we will use this veto in Morawiecki also said, according to the PAP.
During a meeting of EU Permanent Representatives on Monday, Poland and Hungary implemented their threat to veto the EU’s multiannual budget for 2021-2027 (€ 1,074 billion) and recovery plan. “Next Generation” (750 billion euros), if the agreement agreed earlier this month between the European Parliament and the German presidency of the EU Council stipulates that European funds could be suspended in case of member states accused of violating the state (independence of the judiciary, the press, fundamental rights, etc.), this mechanism being considered by the Polish and Hungarian governments an arbitrary instrument based on political and ideological criteria.
As Hungary and Poland could not stop this mechanism of conditional access to European funds, adopted at Monday’s meeting by qualified majority, the reservations expressed by these countries prevented the adoption of the agreement on the multiannual financial framework and the decision on own resources, which requires unanimity.
Slovenia’s populist prime minister joins Hungary and Poland in dispute with EU
Slovenian populist Prime Minister Janez Jansa expressed his support for Hungary and Poland in their dispute with the European Union, denouncing the mechanism that conditions access to European funds to respect the rule of law, and demanding a return to the agreement reached at the July summit among EU leaders, reports France Presse.
“Only an independent court can say what the rule of law is, not a political majority,” Jansa said in a letter sent to European Council President Charles Michel on Tuesday (November 17th) and consulted by AFP on Wednesday. en.
Slovenia did not oppose on Monday at the meeting of EU ambassadors of member states to the adoption of the budget and recovery plan, blocked by Hungary and Poland due to a provision that conditions access to European funds to respect for the rule of law.
But Jansa’s stance announces difficult talks on Thursday at a European summit on the pandemic.
In his four-page letter, the Slovenian prime minister, a close associate of his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban, denounces a ‘double measure’ and cites the authoritarian experience of communism in many of the countries that joined the EU after 2004, which would now refuse to give in. parts of their sovereignty to a qualified majority.
EU heads of state and government agreed in July after a four-day, four-night marathon summit on a recovery plan described as “historic” to help their countries’ economies overcome the pandemic crisis. In the amount of 750 billion euros, the plan is linked to the multiannual budget for 2021-2027 of over 1,000 billion euros.
‘The dilemma in front of us is very simple. Compliance with the July agreement is a responsible approach for the future of the EU. Failure to do so is the exact opposite, ‘the Slovenian prime minister concluded.