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EC to activate rule-of-law conditionality mechanism against Hungary

The European Commission has formally notified Hungary that it is activating the mechanism in the European Union budget, which links EU funding to the rule of law, against the country, EC President Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday.

The EC has given Hungary the opportunity to answer its questions on the issue of the rule of law, Von der Leyen told MEPs in response to a question on the state of the rule of law in Hungary and Poland. The commission has assessed Hungary’s answers “and our conclusion is we have to move on the next step”, she said.

The ruling of the European Court of Justice rejecting actions brought against the rule of law conditionality by Hungary and Poland “fully confirmed the approach followed by the commission”, Von der Leyen said.

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