EU budget blocked by Hungary and Poland

(BBC) – Hungary and Poland (Republic Of Poland) have blocked approval of the EU’s budget over a clause that ties funding with adherence to the rule of law in the bloc.

The package includes €750bn (£673bn; $888bn) for a Covid recovery fund.
Ambassadors of the 27 member states meeting in Brussels were unable to endorse the budget because the two countries vetoed it.
Hungary and Poland have been criticised for violating democratic standards enshrined in the EU’s founding treaty.
The EU is currently investigating both countries for undermining the independence of courts, media and non-governmental organisations. The clause threatens to cost them billions of euros in EU funding.

EU states had already agreed on the €1.1tn budget for 2021-2027, and the coronavirus stimulus package after a marathon four-day summit in July.

The ambassadors had voted through the clause that made access to EU funds conditional on adherence to the rule of law, because it only required a qualified majority, the German EU presidency said.

But the budget and the rescue package needed unanimous support and were then blocked by Poland and Hungary.

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