The EC will face a lawsuit for failing to use sanctions for violating the rule of law


Updates: 29.10.2021 17:21

Brussels – The European Parliament has today brought an action against the European Commission before the Court of Justice of the EU for inaction because it has not yet intervened against states that violate the rule of law. This was announced by Speaker of Parliament David Sassoli. Under the new rules, the commission can suspend the drawing of money from EU funds to states that do not respect the rule of law. The EC is currently conducting infringement proceedings against Poland and Hungary.

“The European Parliament’s Legal Service has just filed a lawsuit with the Court of Justice against the European Commission for failing to apply the rule of law mechanism. We now expect the commission to act. The words need to be translated into action,” Sassoli wrote on Twitter.

The new rules for drawing EU money on the rule of law have been in force since the beginning of the year. Hungary and Poland then filed a complaint with the court because, according to them, the new rule violates EU law. The Court of Justice has not yet ruled on their complaint.

MEPs voted for a resolution on the lawsuit against the EC in June. According to them, an unprecedented package of more than 1.8 trillion euros (over 46 trillion crowns), consisting of a seven-year EU budget and a recovery fund, needs to be protected from abuse in countries that do not effectively investigate corruption or conflicts of interest.

The EU executive has long conducted several separate proceedings with Hungary and Poland related to the rule of law, European values ​​and the rights of sexual minorities. In October, Brussels’ dispute with Warsaw escalated when the Polish Constitutional Court ruled that some articles of the basic treaties on the European Union were contrary to the Polish constitution. A Polish court issued the verdict after being addressed by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. He disagreed with the statement of the EU court that the judicial reform promoted by the Polish government could jeopardize the independence of the judiciary in the country.


Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.

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