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EU court decision must spur Hungary and Poland to ‘clean up their act’

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Responding to the EU’s Court of Justice’s rejection of cases Hungary and Poland against rules which would make the granting of funds from the EU budget conditional on the respect of the rule of law, Eve Geddie, Director of Amnesty International’s EU Office said: 

“Hungary and Poland have been rapidly backsliding on media freedom, independence of judges, the right to protest, and other fundamental tenets of the rule of law. Instead of trying to oppose EU funds being conditional on respect for the rule of law, they should respect people’s rights and clean up their act.” 

The EU cannot afford to delay action on Poland and Hungary’s shockingly poor standards of rule of law. Judges, journalists, activists, people in Hungary and Poland cannot wait

Eve Geddie, Director of Amnesty International’s EU Office

“The EU cannot afford to delay action on Poland and Hungary’s shockingly poor standards of rule of law. Judges, journalists, activists, people in Hungary and Poland cannot wait.” 

“The EU Court today confirmed that the Regulation linking the rule of law to the protection of the EU budget is valid under European Union law. The European Commission must move urgently to implement the Regulation and launch the cases under investigation. This powerful financial mechanism should be used, in addition to the legal and political ones, to protect the rights of people in EU member states.” 

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