November 30
2020
Anjum Shabbir
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19th November 2020
Human Rights Institutional law

Parliament calls for Council to adopt MFF and ORD despite Hungary and Poland’s vetoes

The European Parliament’s Conference of Presidents issued a press release calling on the Council of the EU to formally adopt the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and the Own Resources Decision (ORD) in order to begin the ratification process. This comes after the Council’s COREPER II confirmed the provisional agreement with the Parliament by qualified majority, but failed to do so with the MFF and the ORD because of Poland and Hungary’s refusal to link EU funds to the new rule of law mechanism.

The European Parliament has reiterated that both the agreements reached on the MFF and on the rule of law are a ‘closed deal’ and that no further concession will be made on their side. It also stressed that it adopted its Opinion on the ORD ‘well in time’ to allow ratification by the end of 2020. It did not make any direct comments regarding the outcome of the COREPER vote.

Negotiations between Member States to try to break the stalemate caused by Hungary and Poland’s negative are expected to continue during the following weeks.

Read the Parliament’s press release here.

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