European summit: the European stimulus to 1.8 trillion passes its last obstacle

Lappeasement, finally. The heads of state and government of the EU validated, Thursday evening, the link established in the next financial programming (2021-2027) between the granting of European funds and respect for the principles of the rule of law. Poland and Hungary threatened to shake the edifice of the future EU budget and the post-covid-19 stimulus plan because they feared that this rule of law “conditionality” could be used for political ends. They argued, therefore, that this mechanism was illegal. They now have plenty of time to test their intuition since the European Council has essentially committed not to apply this conditionality before a possible appeal to the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU). This is the compromise put together by the German Presidency of the Council of the EU, decried by some observers because it seemed to do the business of Viktor Orbán, the Hungarian Prime Minister, in search of a re-election in 2022. A procedure at the CJEU puts indeed about two years.

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