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Poland and Hungary suffer setback in legal challenge to EU’s rule of law

By Sam Fleming, James Shotter, Marton Dunai

02 Dec 2021 · 2 min read

Hungary and Poland’s legal challenge to the EU’s crackdown on rule of law breaches has suffered a serious setback after a legal opinion recommended their claim should be dismissed.

The EU’s advocate general found that the new rule of law conditionality mechanism, which seeks to protect the bloc’s budget from violations by member states, was legally sound and compatible with the EU treaties.

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