EU triggers rule of law procedure against Hungary | News | DW | 27.04.2022

The mechanism allows Brussels to withhold funds from member states if the country in question commits violations including curtailing  judicial independence or eroding the separation of powers. However, those violations must also pose a threat to derail the flow of EU funds.

The EU Commission then has the option to submit a proposal to the European Council. At least 15 out of 27 EU countries, representing at least  65% of the bloc’s population must agree to the move for it to pass.

If the EU Commission secures enough support, Hungary could face major cuts in EU funding, although the procedure can take months before its complete.

The Wednesday announcement marks the first time the EU has ever used this legal option. The only went into force in January 2021 after facing resistance from Budapest and Warsaw.

Last summer, the EU suspended payments from its pandemic recovery funds to the tune of €7.2 billion ($7.9 billion) to both Hungary and Poland over widely perceived democratic backsliding and corruption.

Source: EU triggers rule of law procedure against Hungary | News | DW | 27.04.2022