“The proposed conditionality circumvents the EU Treaty, uses vague definitions and ambiguous terms, without clear criteria on the justification of sanctions and does not include concrete procedural guarantees,” a joint statement by the two leaders in Hungary and Poland said after a meeting in Budapest. .
“The current proposal is unacceptable for Hungary,” said Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who added that such conditionality in the EU “will serve to create a supremacy of the majority, not the rule of law.”
Linking the political debate on the rule of law to the economic management of the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic is “irresponsible,” the Hungarian prime minister said.
For his part, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that the proposal to make access to European funds conditional was “politically motivated” and that it “could lead to the disintegration of the EU”.
“Our joint proposal is to facilitate the rapid adoption of the financial package by establishing a two-step process. On the one hand, to limit the scope of any additional budgetary conditionality to protect the financial interests of the Union in accordance with the conclusions of the July European Council. On the other hand, let’s discuss in the European Council whether a link should be established between the rule of law and the financial interests of the Union “, the two prime ministers also mention in their joint statement.
In a preliminary vote at last week’s meeting of the permanent representatives of the EU states, Poland and Hungary implemented their threat to veto the EU’s multiannual budget for 2021-2027 (€ 1,074 billion) and the “Next Generation” recovery plan (€ 750 billion), if the agreement agreed earlier this month between the European Parliament and the German presidency of the EU Council on the introduction of the conditionality criterion is adopted.