Conditionality Procedure Deadline Pushed Back to Dec 19

EU

European Union justice and interior ministers voted to push back a deadline for Hungary to take remedial measures in the framework of a conditionality mechanism procedure by two months, to December 19, Justice Minister Judit Varga said in a post on Facebook late Thursday.

The Justice and Home Affairs Council took the decision on the extension "in light of the professional and efficient implementation of commitments Hungary has made in the interest of reaching an agreement with the [European] Commission", Varga said.

"Member states' decision offers the opportunity for the successful close of the process, which means not only the approval and entering into force of legislation, but the laws' implementation, too, with special regard to the establishment of the Integrity Authority," she explained.

"This is the result of constructive dialogue based on mutual respect," she added.

Varga noted that lawmakers had already approved bills tabled by the government addressing 17 commitments made in the framework of the conditionality procedure.

The EC announced on September 18 a proposal to suspend part of Hungary's EU funding while remedial measures taken to address concerns over the rule of law are assessed. The council had one month to decide - by qualified majority - on its adoption, with the possibility of an extension for a period of up to two more months.

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