Poland”s prime minister hit out at what he referred to as the European oligarchy because the impasse deepened over linking EU money with respect for rule of legislation.
Mateusz Morawiecki mentioned the “oligarchy” punished the weakest states of the bloc and this was not the EU that Poland had initially joined.
His feedback got here as Poland and Hungary have been joined on Wednesday by Slovenia in rejecting the EU’s stance, whereas the European Parliament refused to bend, refusing any concessions.
Poland and Hungary this week vetoed the EU’s €750bn coronavirus recovery plan as a result of money funds to member states can be conditional on their respect for rule of law, which incorporates democratic values, human rights and the independence of the judiciary.
EU might ‘collapse’, warns Polish PM
Warsaw and Budapest have incessantly been embroiled in clashes with Brussels over such areas in recent times.
“An EU in which there’s a European oligarchy that punishes the weakest (of the member states) just isn’t the EU we now have entered and it’s not the EU that has a future,” mentioned Morawiecki.
“We are saying ‘sure’ to the European Union, however ‘no’ to being punished like kids. ‘No’ to mechanisms which imply that Poland and different international locations are handled unfairly.
“It’s a query of sovereignty,” continued Morawiecki, warning that the laying down of situations equivalent to rule of legislation might result in the EU’s demise.
“Right now you assume this instrument is directed towards us, towards Hungary, possibly towards Slovenia, possibly towards another nation in central Europe. In a couple of years, in two or three years, it may very well be directed towards another person,” he added.
“This can be a turning level within the historical past of the EU. Making choices based mostly on arbitrary provisions within the rules can result in its collapse.”
EU ‘blackmail’ over migration — Orbán
Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán referred to as the EU’s proposed rule of legislation mechanism a “political and ideological weapon” on Wednesday, claiming it was designed to “blackmail” and punish international locations that reject immigration.
“In Brussels at this time, they solely view international locations which let migrants in as these ruled by the rule of legislation. Those that shield their borders can not qualify as international locations the place rule of legislation prevails,” he mentioned in an announcement.
Orbán additionally claimed that rule of legislation situations lack goal standards and do not enable international locations sanctioned underneath the mechanism to hunt authorized cures.
“As soon as this proposal will get adopted, there shall be no extra obstacles to tying member states’ share of frequent funds to supporting migration and us(ing) monetary means to blackmail international locations which oppose migration,” he mentioned.
Orbán and different Hungarian officers have constantly sought to painting makes an attempt in Brussels to rein in Hungary’s democratic backsliding as rooted solely in pressuring the nation to just accept immigrants.
However EU issues that Hungary is undermining the rule of legislation have targeted on a variety of points, together with judicial independence, freedom of expression, corruption, the rights of minorities, and the scenario of migrants and refugees in Hungary.
Critics accuse the governing events in Hungary and Poland of undermining and difficult democratic rules, which each international locations deny.
Slovenia’s Prime Minister Janez Jansa, a detailed ally of Orbán, gave his assist to Hungary and Poland.
In a letter to high EU officers Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, Jansa mentioned though Slovenia helps respecting the rule of legislation in all circumstances, “discretionary mechanisms that aren’t based mostly on impartial judgement however on politically motivated standards can’t be referred to as ‘the rule of legislation’.”
‘No concessions’ from European Parliament
The European Parliament will make “no concessions” on the conditionality of EU funding to respect for the rule of legislation to Hungary and Poland, which have vetoed the restoration plan, its president David Sassoli introduced on Wednesday and the leaders of political teams.
“No additional concessions shall be made on our aspect,” they mentioned in an announcement. “The leaders of the European Parliament deeply remorse this blockage and reaffirm that the agreements concluded (each on the multiannual finances and on the rule of legislation) (…) can not underneath any circumstances be reopened”.
President of the European Individuals’s Celebration Manfred Weber informed Euronews he hoped German Chancellor Angela Merkel might assist break the impasse, however added the rule of legislation mechanism remained a “purple line”.
Below the brand new mechanism, particular person EU international locations might lose their veto and have funding minimize if a majority of different member states again such a transfer.
The €750 billion coronavirus restoration fund which Hungary and Poland are blocking is a part of a €1.eight trillion sum set for the EU’s long run finances from 2021-2027, referred to as Subsequent Era EU.
EU leaders will subsequent meet by way of videolink on Thursday, with strain on Angela Merkel of Germany which holds the rotating presidency of the EU to discover a means out of the deadlock.