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9th December 2021
Banking & Finance Covid-19 Institutional law Justice & Litigation

Op-Ed: “Long Live Conditionality! The Advocate General’s Opinions on Hungary and Poland’s Challenge to the EU’s Budgetary ‘Rule of Law Mechanism’” by Pekka Pohjankoski

Let us be quite honest. Nobody was shocked when the Court of Justice’s press service, on 2 December, tweeted the news: ‘A[dvocate] G[eneral] Campos Sánchez-Bordona [finds] the actions brought by #Hungary and #Poland against the #RuleOfLaw conditionality mechanism of #EU payments should be dismissed’. The AG Opinions in the twin cases Hungary v Parliament and Council (C-156/21) and Poland v Parliament and Council (C-157/21) unequivocally propose that the Court of Justice should reject the claimants’ arguments against the Conditionality Regulation 2020/2092. Undoubtedly, the two Member States’ self-interested effort to invalidate the EU legislature’s key ‘rule of law’ act has been, from the start, an uphill battle. However, while the Opini

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