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MEPs debate Hungary EU budget restrictions

Strasbourg 06.07.2021 The budget conditionality regulation does not require any additional clarification to be applied and rule of law breaches must be addressed without delay, say the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

“We are now one step closer to finally applying the Conditionality regulation against those breaking the Rule of Law in the member states. With the Parliament’s contribution to the guidelines, we offer the Commission the means and tools to act without hesitation. The regulation is ready to be used”, said the co-rapporteur Petri Sarvamaa (EPP, FI) after the vote.

In a resolution adopted by the Budget and Budgetary Control committees on Thursday with 53 votes 11 against and 2 abstentions, MEPs regret that the Commission has decided to abide by the non-binding December 2020 European Council conclusions and delay application of the budget conditionality regulation.

They stress that the guidelines cannot alter, expand or restrict the scope of the budget conditionality regulation and that, in order to add any value, they must clarify how the legislative provisions will be applied in practice, outlining the procedure, definitions and methodology.
They also call on the Commission to set out a “clear, precise and user-friendly system” for submitting complaints under the regulation.

MEPs call on the Commission to investigate swiftly any potential breaches of the principles of the rule of law “that affect or seriously risk affecting the sound financial management of the Union budget”, by pointing out that “the situation in some member states already warrants immediate action”. The Commission should report to Parliament on the first cases under investigation by October 2021 the latest, they add.

MEPs finally criticise the Commission for having missed the deadline set by Parliament to apply the regulation and adopt the guidelines by 1 June 2021. They welcome the 23 June letter by the President of Parliament saying that if the Commission does not act, the EP will take action in the Court of Justice.

“We have said from the beginning that the guidelines were not necessary, but the Commission put forward its proposal and asked the EP for its position. So here it is. Parliament is always ready to work with the Commission on the rule of law, and in turn we expect the European Commission not to deceive us. It must act swiftly and strongly”, said the co-rapporteur Eider Gardiazabal Rubial (S&D, ES).

French European Affairs junior minister Clement Beaune said on Wednesday he expected a form of sanctions against Hungary over Hungary’s anti-LGBT law.

Beaune also said he was not in favour of kicking Hungary out of the European Union, reiterating earlier comments to this effect from French President Emmanuel Macron.

“I am not in favour of Hungary being kicked out of the European Union”, he told RTL radio.

Brunei regresses to Stone Age laws

A set of archaic Sharia laws comes into effect from next week punishing adultery and homosexuality with death by lapidation in the ultra rich  Sultanate of Brunei.


From April 3, any individuals found guilty of the offenses will be stoned to death publicly, according to a modified penal code. The execution will be “witnessed by a group of Muslims”, as ordered in original Sharia law version.
The country’s return to the archaic laws was announced in 2014, and have been introduced gradually. The latest phase of implementation, including the cruel archaic provisions, was announced on the Brunei attorney general’s website on December 29, 2018.
Human rights groups reacted with indignation and condemned the re-introduction of archaic Stone Age practices to penal code, with lapidation, and order amputation of limbs as a punishment for theft, including mutilating children.
Defenders of gay rights reacted first to the savage Quranic VII century laws, not only by rising their voices, but also by putting forward an initiative of boycotting properties, owned by rich Brunei businessmen in California.
Hollywood actor, and human rights activist George Clooney called for boycott of hotels, among which are Dorchester Collection’s hotels, including legendary The Beverly Hills Hotels and Hotel Bel-Air in California.