Plan To Tie EU Funds To Rule Of Law Divides MEPs

  • 4 May 2018 9:44 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Plan To Tie EU Funds To Rule Of Law Divides MEPs
Hungarian MEPs on Wednesday were divided on a new mechanism included in the European Commission’s budget proposal for 2021-27 through which the bloc could penalise member states that undermine the rule of law.

The Socialists welcomed the plan while independent MEP Krisztina Morvai (pictured on top) interpreted it as an attempt to “blackmail” Hungary.

Socialist Party MEP István Ujhelyi said the EC had found a solution which would not hurt the Hungarian people or cut funds for Hungary but at the same time was capable of penalising the Fidesz government “over its policies in breach of European rules”.

Independent Hungarian MEP Krisztina Morvai, formerly representing the radical nationalist Jobbik party, said: “We will not allow ourselves to be blackmailed.”

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