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27th November 2020
Banking & Finance Covid-19 Human Rights Institutional law

Polish-Hungarian joint statement against the envisaged rule of law conditionality mechanism linked to the EU budget

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and the Head of the Hungarian Government Viktor Orbán issued a joint declaration yesterday announcing that they have decided to align their positions against the envisaged rule of law-conditionality mechanism linked to the EU budget, thereby reaffirming their threat to veto the adoption of the EU's Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and the EU’s coronavirus recovery plan as a whole.

Both leaders insisted that they will only support these initiatives if there is a ‘substantial modification’ to the rule of law mechanism, which would prevent EU funds being transferred to countries breaching the EU’s fundamental principles. According to the joint statement, this mechanism ‘would not strength

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