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Hungary: EU Court allows funds freeze

Strasbourg 16.02.2022 The EU funds are tied to EU values — EU Court of Justice strengthens the rule of law
The long-awaited ruling of the top European Court, issued today, confirms the legitimacy of protecting the Union budget from negative effects resulting from breaches of the principles of the rule of law. The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has always supported the mechanism to tie adherence to the rule of law with the disbursement of EU recovery funds.

Today’s decision of the Court in support of the conditionality tool has reaffirmed the European Union’s efforts to limit the erosion of democratic principles in the Member States. It is a strong signal that EU values such as the rule of law and solidarity are non-negotiable”, EESC president Christa Schweng said.
According to one of EESC’s most recent opinions, The rule of law and the recovery fund, (20 January 2022), systematic shortcomings in the rule of law undermine the implementation of EU-funded programmes, and the absence of a rapid and comprehensive EU response to this jeopardises the EU’s credibility. The EESC recommends that sanctions be applied swiftly when breaches of law present a risk to the Union’s financial interests.

Addressing backsliding on the rule of law by any Member State is important in order to preserve the legitimacy of the EU’s fundamental values”, president Schweng said.

The court case that challenged the conditionality mechanism was brought by Poland and Hungary. The two countries claimed inter alia the mechanism exceeded the powers of the EU.

Organised civil society regularly states its concerns at breaches of the rule of law and judicial independence and expresses its wish for the Member States to adhere to EU standards.

Polish car theft network dismantled

Police have seized 55 cars and identified car parts stolen from Germany in a joint operation between German and Polish law enforcement. Since 27 February 2018 nearly 200 police officers and technical and forensic experts have taken part in operations in western Poland to bring down one of the largest organised crime groups involved in vehicle theft in both Germany and Poland. The Polish prosecutor overseeing the case has asked for assistance from prosecutors in Germany to help identify an additional 150 stolen cars. (Image: illustration)

The investigation revealed that the Polish suspects had defined roles and responsibilities within the crime network, such as stealing vehicles, forging documents, dismantling stolen cars and laundering the criminal proceeds. The main suspects have been charged with money laundering, where they used a complex scheme to conceal the origin of illegally-gained proceeds.

German and Polish law enforcement worked closely together under the supervision of the Polish Prosecutor’s Office in the city of Gorzów Wielkopolski. The Polish Asset Recovery Office also launched a financial investigation in parallel and confiscated criminal assets estimated to be worth EUR 1.5 million.

In connection with the laundering activities which allowed the criminals to transform and turnover the proceeds of crime, Europol’s Analysis Project (AP) Sustrans provided support to the investigation and the Polish Asset Recovery Office. Europol will continue to offer analytical and technical assistance by examining and extracting data from the seized devices.

Poland: Article 7 versus Article 50

Janice ATKINSON, OPINION

Poland may find itself the pariah of the EU when it could be stripped of its EU voting rights.

 I would say to Poland, stand strong, you are elected by the people with a mandate for reform.  Remember, the UK voted to leave the EU to take back control of our sovereignty. It was unacceptable for the British to see the unelected Commission deciding our laws with Parliament unable to change or reject laws that were incompatible with the British way of life and business.

 You have a friend in President Trump, whose strong support for sovereign states should hearten you. He’s backed up by his secretary of state for trade, Wilbur Ross, and defence secretary, James Mattis who have both recently spoke of the importance and supremacy of the nation state.  Their opinion of the EU is very low indeed.

 Poland is a strong, proud country, a member of NATO, your economy is strong and your status in the world is high.  You are strong within the Visegrad, you are protecting your borders, culture, identity and way of life.  Do not become like the Western EU states, who have seen their cities taken over by alien migrants that do not respect our rule of law, our women and our way of life. Stand strong against migrant quotas, the defence of your courts, your media and your voters.

Mr Morawiecki, Britain is leaving the EU to return to being a sovereign state. My advice is, do not be bullied and sanctioned by unelected bureaucrats. If they trigger Article 7, be bold and trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and leave the EU.