The EU executive confirmed on Wednesday it has given the go-ahead to trigger the rule of law mechanism against Hungary which could result in Budapest crucial losing EU funds. It is the first time the Commission makes such a strong move against a member state.
The mechanism was introduced in recent years to combat EU states’ misuse of EU funds, something that Hungary has been accused of repeatedly in recent years.
Despite years of criticism by rights campaigners that he was channelling EU funds to his associates, Viktor Orban won a fourth consecutive election victory earlier this month.
The European Commission responded by launching its new sanction tool.
“We identified issues that might be breaching the rule of law in Hungary and affect the EU budget,” said a deputy head of the Brussels-based Commission, Vera Jourova.
“Hungary will have to reply to our concerns and propose remedial measures.”
More to follow…