The budget must be linked to the rule of law mechanism. The Hungarian head of government does not like that. According to a report, he made a clear threat in a letter to the EU.
In a letter to EU representatives, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban threatened to veto the EU budget over the planned rule of law mechanism. In the letter, Orban stated that the rule of law mechanism did not comply with the EU budget agreements of July, the AFP news agency heard from an EU source on Sunday evening.
The Hungarian news portal mandiner.hu had previously quoted Orban’s letter. Accordingly, the Prime Minister threatened that if the EU budget were linked to the rule of law mechanism, he would vote against. “Even if Hungary feels obliged to cooperate, in the light of developments it cannot deliver the unanimity necessary for the package agreed in July,” mandiner.hu quoted from the letter.
According to the portal, Orban criticized that the planned sanction mechanism was based on “legally vague definitions such as ‘violation of the rule of law'”. This creates “opportunities for political abuse” and is contrary to the “requirement of legal certainty”. The Hungarian government has not yet commented on the report.
According to the EU source, Orban’s letter went to Council President Charles Michel, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the incumbent German Presidency of the EU Council and the Portuguese Government, which took over the Presidency of the Council. January will take over.
Negotiators from the EU Parliament and member states agreed on Thursday to introduce the rule of law mechanism in the next Community budget. The allocation of EU funds should be linked to compliance with the rule of law in the Member States.
The agreement is essentially based on a compromise proposal from the German Presidency of the Council. According to this, the EU Commission would propose to penalize an EU country, and Member States would have to confirm this decision by qualified majority – this would be 15 of the 27 Member States, representing 65 percent of the EU population.
The governments in Hungary and Poland have already criticized the agreement on the rule of law mechanism in recent days. Both countries strongly oppose linking the rule of law to the EU budget.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Friday that his country would “never” agree to the rule of law mechanism. Poland and Hungary have been pilloried for years for violations of the rule of law in the EU.
The agreement on the rule of law mechanism has yet to be approved by the Parliamentary Plenary Assembly and the Council of Member States. In the Council, a so-called qualified majority is sufficient, so unanimity is not required. However, the EU’s seven-year budget, still under negotiation in the European Parliament, must be unanimously approved by the 27 Member States.
In July, the EU heads of state or government agreed on a financial framework of more than one trillion euros for the years 2021 to 2027. In addition, the then summit agreed on a fund of € 750 billion for post-Corona reconstruction aid. crisis.