Hungary’s opposition Párbeszéd and three peers in Poland have sent a joint letter to Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, asking her to initiate an EC scrutiny of the rule of law situation in Hungary and Poland and manage any allocation of future EU funding accordingly, the party said on Tuesday. In their letter, Párbeszéd, Partia Zieloni, Nowoczesna and Inicjatywa Polska asked the EC to activate the EU’s rule-of-law conditionality mechanism with a view to clarifying whether there have been any systemic violations of the rule of law either in Hungary or in Poland, Párbeszéd said in a statement.
The four parties have proposed that the EC should tie respect for the rule of law to the EU’s objective of the effective distribution of funds. They also asked the EC to take into account the interests of the final beneficiaries of EU funds in order to guarantee them unhindered access to funds in any instance. In addition, the parties have also asked the EC to allow the final beneficiaries, including local and regional governments, civil organisations and SMEs, direct access to funds affected by cuts or other financial corrections due to being reallocated to other financing programmes.