Budapest and Warsaw used their veto, saying new rules making the receipt of EU funding contingent on upholding the rule of law breached the EU’s founding treaty as well as a deal in July not to tie funding to “political conditions”.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán approved the July agreement with “a mandate” from the Hungarian parliament, Zoltán Kovács told public news channel M1. “The European Parliament and current EU president Germany have overturned that July agreement,” he said, adding that introducing any sort of new mechanism would require an amendment to the EU’s founding treaty. Kovács said the EU’s current institutional framework guaranteed the proper use of funding by member states, and linking payment to “ideological conditions” was unnecessary. “So what we’re seeing is none other than a political whip being used to punish those who refuse to fall in line,” he said.
Orbán has said that tying the EU’s budget and the recovery package to conditions where “the nature of the alleged law violation is not precisely defined” put trust between member states at risk.