MEP Irena Joveva addressed the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the topic of the European Commission’s proposal for measures under the Rule of Law Conditionality Regulation in the case of Hungary.

In her address, she pointed out that the Commission had finally proposed freezing Hungary’s funds under the Rule of Law mechanism. She highlighted three key problems: that the move only affects a part of the funds, that money still flows steadily to Hungary from the current budget — despite corruption and the subversion of the rule of law, and that this is clearly a result of some sort of political deal. Along the same vein, she stressed that compromises with illiberal governments cannot be possible.

Her speech can be viewed here.

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