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EC to go ahead with rule-of-law proceedings against Hungary

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The European Commission (EC) will go ahead with the proceedings to suspend support payments to Hungary for breaching the EU's rule-of-law standards, President of EC Ursula von der Leyen said today, according to a report by Index.hu.

The EC President said that the main problem in Hungary is corruption, adding that the country will be prosecuted under Article 7. 

"The EU Recovery Fund (RRF) has been the subject of ongoing negotiations, where anti-corruption is a key condition for us to act," noted von der Leyen.

Von der Leyen also said her team was not convinced by Hungary's responses to questions relating to the rule of law.

“Our conclusion is we have to move on to the next step,” she said, adding that a letter of formal notification will soon be sent to Hungarian authorities.

The procedure, which has been months in the making, is designed to suspend EU payments and recover funds if it sees systemic abuses in the use of EU money, Index writes, citing a report by Euronews.

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