EU urges Poland, Hungary to sign up to big money budget
BRUSSELS (AP)—Germany called for the European Union to set aside disagreements Tuesday on the brink of an embarrassing recession in an attempt to crack the stalemate of the €1,8 trillion ($2.1 trillion) stalled filibuster of Poland and Hungary budgets and a coronavirus regeneration kit.
Speaker Michael Roth of Germany Ministry of Europe said that no time to wast was required in advance of a video meeting of European Affairs ministers, as the social and economic implications of COVID-19 remain the top priority of the German Presidency of the European Council for a duration of six months.
In response to a rough struggle with the EP last week, Roth said, "We now have to make sure the money comes as soon as possible to those who need it.
Our people depend on our assistance in all Member States.
No reasons are available for any additional delays."
Roth spoke about a proposed framework connecting EU financing with the rule of law after Poland and Hungary's veto of 2021-2027 and the massive Coronavirus Recovery Strategy on Monday.
In the middle of the second phase of the pandemic, the capital – with billions of dollars to help Hungary and Poland – is vital for a huge number of EU nations, whose economics are being ruined and locked in order to slow down pollution.
"I call on all in the EU to do their duty," said Roth.
"There is no time for vetoes, just for fast and solid intervention.
Our workers will pay a very large blockade price."
Right-wing regimes in Warsaw and Budapest are strongly opposed to the rule of law system which would lead them to lose EU money if they proceed with policies deemed to erode democratic norms.
On Monday, ambassadores voted in favor of a rule of law system by eligible majorities - around two thirds, but then the process for implementing a mechanism to allow the EU to borrow money for recuperation was blocked by Poland and Hungary.
The change wasn't unexpected after Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban sent a letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and President Charles Michel of the European Council announcing that he was going to veto the budget and Post-Pandemic Assistance package.
The leaders of EU would definitely address the scorching subject in a video conference on thursday night. "It is our aim to conclude this very difficult negotiations as quickly as possible," he added.
EU officials insisted on a new system connecting the rule of law with financing to include the instruments for the usage of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, from Poland, and Orban of Hungary governments, who are both accused by the EU of eroding judicial independence and media freedoms.