BRUSSELS, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - The chief executive of the European Union vowed on Wednesday not to release the battles with Poland and Hungary over democratic standards, threatening to take more legal action and block funds.
The EU is at odds with Eurosceptic and nationalist leaders in Budapest and Warsaw for years over their restrictive stance on migration, discrimination against women and gays, and the imposition of increased control over the 'State on the media, courts, NGOs and academics.
Such measures undermine democratic controls and -balance and violate fundamental ideals of the bloc of the 27 nations.
"These values are now enshrined in our European treaties. This is what we all signed up to the moment whenù we have become members of this Union as free and sovereign countries "said Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in an annual political speech.
" We are determined to stand up for these values. "
Its executive asked last week the highest court of the 'EU to fine Warsaw for parts of a judicial overhaul carried out by the ruling party but declared illegal by the Court of Justice (CJEC) in Luxembourg.
" Dialogue is not an end in itself, it should lead to results "said von der Leyen. " We take a dual approach of dialogue and action decisive. This is what we did last week. And that 's what we will continue to do. "
MONEY FOR VALUE
Wednesday also marksThere is a deadline for Warsaw to address concerns about parts of Poland declaring themselves "LGBT-free". No communication had arrived by the time von der Leyen finished his speech, a Commission spokesperson said.
Von's speech der Leyen on the state of the union last year says there was no room for such "humanityless" zones in the EU and the bloc have since ceased their aid financial.
The Commission also launched legal action against Hungary this summer over a new law banning schools from using equipment reputed to promote homosexuality. learn more
The increasingly bitter clashes could cost more for the self-proclaimed "illiberal ".
Eighteen from the bloc The 27 countries - but not Poland or Hungary - have already obtained Commission approval for their national spending plans, freeing up thus access to billions of additional euros from the bloc to help revive growth affected by the COVID pandemic.
Von der Leyen a declared that Hungary must do more to fight corruption: "We want to see these steps in the national stimulus packages, otherwise we cannot accept these plans.
Cuts to other documents are also possible under a new regime linking access to EU funds to respect for the rule of law.
"We will do everything possible to protect the EU budget " said von der Leyen, announcing that the Commission would send the first warnings to Member States in the framework ofmechanism still to be tested in the coming weeks. Report by Gabriela Baczynska, edited by Marine Strauss, William Maclean
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