Can EU country be shortened if the rule of law is not in order? The judge will judge tomorrow


or may the European Commission withhold money for an EU country if the Member State does not comply with the rule of law rules? The European Court of Justice is considering this important question. Tomorrow is the ruling, which will have major consequences anyway.

The committee has been messed up with Hungary and Poland for a long time. The rule of law is increasingly deteriorating in these countries, according to several EU authorities. For example, Poland received a warning because of a controversial disciplinary chamber, which primarily punishes judges who do not support the Pis ruling party. Independent judges are also under pressure in Hungary. If the judge gives the European Commission right, then these countries can be shortened in the future.

Having a good rule of law is essential, according to the EU. The fear is that when there are no good and independent judges or media, a country declines further. There are also great concerns that EU money will not end up where it needs to go due to corruption. Most EU countries, the European Commission and the European Parliament therefore want to be able to intervene if things go wrong. That is why they all agreed to the rule of law mechanism.

Poland and Hungary were absolutely unspeakable about this new measure. They went to the European Court of Justice. And thats not surprising, because both countries get quite a lot of money from the EU. In 2018 alone, Poland received more than 16 billion euros. In the same year, Hungary received more than 6 billion euros.

If the court equates the European Commission, it does not mean that Poland and Hungary will be cut immediately. Commissioner Reynders recently announced not to take action before the Hungarian elections. Those are in April.

Ceit op 3 previously made this explanation about the Polish case:

And there is no immediate action against Poland, it seems. Polish President Duda recently gave a hand to the committee. He announced that he would abolish the disciplinary room.

But before the committee decides at all to cut the subsidies, the European Court of Justice will decide whether the EU can do so. In December, the Advocate General, an advisory body of the court, said that if an EU country does not have its rule of law in order, if an EU country does not have its rule of law in order. But tomorrow, we really know for sure.