EU wins court fight with Poland, Hungary over budget weapon

By Stephanie Bodoni

16 Feb 2022 · 3 min read

The European Union won the right to deploy a tough new budgetary weapon that could deny Poland and Hungary billions of euros of EU funding for allegedly violating the bloc's democratic standards.

The EU Court of Justice on Wednesday dismissed challenges by the two nations against the so-called conditionality mechanism, rejecting a key argument that the legislation went beyond the EU institutions' powers.

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