December 5, 2022

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The EU Parliament has sued the EU Commission for inaction

Is Ursula von der Leyen’s EU Commission inactive when it comes to protecting EU money? At least the European Parliament thinks so – and takes the case to the highest EU court.

The European Parliament has filed a lawsuit against the EU Commission before the European Court of Justice, as EU countries have not yet applied the new rules for punishing violators of the law. The Parliamentary Legal Service took the action on Friday at the request of the Speaker of Parliament David Sasoli A spokesman said it had been submitted to the court. The procedure is almost unique: so far, the European Parliament has sued the EU Commission before the ECJ.

Sassoli said the EU Commission is expected to continue what Ursula van der Leyen, the commission’s chairman, said in a recent full discussion on the rule of law. “Words must be followed by actions.”

What is behind it?

The background to this is the EU legal framework in place since the beginning of this year. Provides that EU countries can reduce funding from the joint budget if there is a risk of money being misused in violation of the law. Governments in Hungary and Poland fear that the new procedure will be used primarily against them. So you have taken a step against regulation in the ECJ – actions are still going on.

The EU Commission really wanted to act only when the ECJ decided on cases from Hungary and Poland. It provides for an agreement between the heads of state and the government. Governments were with her Budapest And Warsaw Last year it was forced to drop the blockade on key EU budget decisions.

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Critics see the threat to the EU budget

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) Spoke in favor of waiting for the ECJ to end. Van der Leyen asked one last weekend EU Summit It later became clear that she would follow this line. You have to wait for the judge’s verdict and consider the possible consequences, he said.

The European Parliament had already decided in June to begin proceedings against the EU Commission for failing to act. In mid-October, the responsible legal committee actually voted to file the case. Shortly afterwards, Sasoli hired a legal service to prepare the case. The EU Commission has always insisted that preparations for the operation be made in accordance with the mechanism and that no case be lost.

Critics accuse the Hungarian and Polish governments of influencing the judiciary contrary to EU standards. They see a threat to the EU budget because, as a rule, national law enforcement officials and the courts are responsible for investigating the misuse of EU funds.