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Justice Minister: Conditionality mechanism letter not delivered

EU

Hungary has not received official notification of the launch of the conditionality mechanism, Minister of Justice Judit Varga said in Luxembourg yesterday, according to state news agency MTI.

“Hungary has not been sent a letter, and, as far as I understand, the meeting of the College of Commissioners on the decision has not yet been called; this is expected to take place in late April. We must receive the letter first and thoroughly review it,” Varga said, fielding questions after arriving at a meeting of the General Affairs Council.

"Of course, as always, we are engaged in a fruitful and mutually respectful dialogue with the commission's services," she added.

A week earlier, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told lawmakers in the European Parliament that the conditionality mechanism, which could result in the suspension of European Union funding for Hungary, had been triggered over concerns regarding the rule of law.

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