Analysis: “Rule of law conditionality for the EU budget: agreement is there” by Aleksejs Dimitrovs
On 5 November, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union reached a provisional agreement on the general regime of conditionality for the protection of the Union budget. The Commission's proposal to address the deficiencies related to the rule of law was presented in May 2018, and the Parliament adopted its position in the first reading in April 2019. The Council, however, was able to agree on the mandate for interinstitutional negotiations only in September 2020 – following the conclusions on applicable decision-making modalities in the European Council.
Throughout the process, the Parliament was proposing expansion of the scope of the new regulation, while the Council was seeking a restriction thereof. One add