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Hungary, Poland to arrange ‘rule of legislation’ institute

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Hungary and Poland plan to create a “rule of law” institute to counter Brussels’ criticism and to make sure that they don’t seem to be being handled unfairly by EU’s “double standards,” the 2 nations stated on Monday.
“The aim of the institute is not to be taken for fools,” Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto stated on Monday in a press convention along with his Polish counterpart Zbigniew Rau, nationwide media reported, with Szijjarto including he “that had enough of some Western European politicians using us as a punchbag.”
“When Poland or Hungary had been attacked under the rule of law so far, those attacks had nothing to do with the rule of law. They were used as a mere means of extortion, and in order not to be called extortion, not to hang a horse’s foot, they drew an umbrella with the words “rule of law” written in giant capital letters,” the Hungarian FM stated, in line with native media.
Justifying the move, Hungary’s Justice Minister, Judit Varga stated that “We need to show to Europe that there might be an alternative interpretation.”
“We think that in order to be better understood we need to enhance what our position is in many crucial legal questions which form the future of Europe,” she added in an interview with The Guardian that was revealed on Wednesday.
Hungary’s and Poland’s announcement got here per week after the EU revealed a survey commissioned by the European Parliament, exhibiting that 77% of European Citizens insist that EU funds solely be disbursed to nations that successfully implement the rule of legislation and defend democratic ideas. The on-line survey was carried out by Kantar company in early October and concerned almost 25,000 residents between the ages of 16-64 throughout Europe.
The survey’s findings echoed the views of Europe’s Values and Transparency Commissioner, Vera Jourova, who said in July that members of the European Union ought to solely obtain cash from the EU’s long-budget and the coronavirus restoration fund if they’ve robust courts and strong measures in opposition to corruption. Working on the matter, the Commission unveiled in late September its first-ever report on the state of the rule of legislation within the 27 member EU. Although it might function a foundation for additional scrutiny of EU nations, the report can not result in concrete, authorized actions in opposition to any member state.

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