Mon. Jan 30th, 2023
MEPs will ask the Council and the Commission for details on plans to apply new rule of law conditionality rules to protect the EU budget.

In a debate on Wednesday afternoon, MEPs are likely to raise the issue of the deteriorating rule of law situation in several member states, and insist on the urgent need to deal with these issues at EU level. A resolution on Parliament’s views will be voted on by MEPs on Thursday.

Background

The rule of law conditionality regulation, designed to protect EU funds against their possible misuse by EU governments, entered into force on 1 January 2021. However, no measures have been proposed under the new rules. The European Council asked the Commission to delay their application so member states could challenge it in the EU Court of Justice (Poland and Hungary did so on 11 March 2021), and until the Commission had developed specific application guidelines.

In a resolution adopted in March 2021, the European Parliament reiterated that the European Council’s conclusions on this matter carry no legal effect, and set 1 June as the deadline for the adoption of the guidelines. MEPs also asked the Commission to consult the Parliament before their adoption. In a committee meeting on 26 May, the Commission indicated it intends to consult with Parliament in the first half of June.

2021/2711(RSP)

Debate: Wednesday, 9 June

Vote: Thursday, 10 June

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