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EU court requests dismissal of Hungary-Poland dispute

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The highest court of the European Union has declared that the principle of linking the bloc’s budgetary expenditure to respect for the rule of law is compatible with EU law and that the challenge by Hungary and Poland must be rejected.

BRUSSELS – The highest court in the European Union said on Thursday that the principle of linking the bloc’s budgetary spending to respect for the rule of law was compatible with the bloc’s laws and that the challenge of Hungary and the Poland had to be rejected.

The right-wing governments of both nations argued that such a move lacked a proper legal basis. The two countries, major beneficiaries of European funds, have been increasingly criticized in recent years for moving away from Western principles of respect for the rule of law in their countries. Both currently have the one-party regime.

The court’s opinion precedes a full court ruling, which is expected in the coming months.

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