EU summit touches on rule-of-law conditionality mechanism

EU

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said there was a "brief exchange" on the European Unionʼs 2021-2027 budget and a rule-of-law conditionality mechanism at a press conference after a video conference of EU heads of state and government late Thursday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

The summit took place days after Hungary and Poland vetoed the next seven-year budget and recovery fund because of a mechanism that links payouts to member statesʼ observance of the principles of the rule of law.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has claimed that such a mechanism, "without objective criteria and possibility of legal remedy", would "undermine Europeʼs unity", arguing that rule of law has been turned into a "political and ideological weapon" in the context of the debate over migration.

On Thursday, von der Leyen referred to an agreement reached at a marathon EU summit in July on the 2021-2027 EU budget, the recovery fund, and the conditionality mechanism.

"It consists of these three components. I think to meet the needs and expectations of the European citizens, we need the whole package. It has been agreed between the Council and the European Parliament. Now, it is important that we move forward. The Commission supports the agreement found in the trilogue between Council and Parliament," she said.

"It is equally important for the future of the European Union, to have a budget, and to uphold the rule of law. We are now working with the rotating Presidency, who is leading the efforts to find a solution....We continue to work hard to reach an agreement soon." she added.

European Council President Charles Michel told the press conference after the summit on Thursday that talks on the conditionality mechanism would continue.

"On the mechanism of conditionality, the vast majority of member states agree with the compromise on the table and some member states have indicated that they are not able to support the majority....Weʼll continue the discussions to find an acceptable solution to all," he said.

"It is my intention to hold consultations in different formats to prepare for Decemberʼs summit," he added.

The next EU summit is scheduled for December 10-11.

ADVERTISEMENT

Reforms to raise productivity would strengthen recovery - OE... Analysis

Reforms to raise productivity would strengthen recovery - OE...

Meeting called to address Pegasus spyware lacks quorum  Parliament

Meeting called to address Pegasus spyware lacks quorum 

Skanska commercial dev unit names new EVP of operations Hung... Appointments

Skanska commercial dev unit names new EVP of operations Hung...

Zsa Zsa Gabor's ashes buried in Budapest City

Zsa Zsa Gabor's ashes buried in Budapest

SUPPORT THE BUDAPEST BUSINESS JOURNAL

Producing journalism that is worthy of the name is a costly business. For 27 years, the publishers, editors and reporters of the Budapest Business Journal have striven to bring you business news that works, information that you can trust, that is factual, accurate and presented without fear or favor.
Newspaper organizations across the globe have struggled to find a business model that allows them to continue to excel, without compromising their ability to perform. Most recently, some have experimented with the idea of involving their most important stakeholders, their readers.
We would like to offer that same opportunity to our readers. We would like to invite you to help us deliver the quality business journalism you require. Hit our Support the BBJ button and you can choose the how much and how often you send us your contributions.