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HUNGARY, POLAND BLOCK EU BUDGET, VIRUS RECOVERY FUNDS

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articolo-ercp-cinaHungary and Poland have blocked approval of the EU’s long-term budget and coronavirus rescue − a €1.8 trillion package − and plunged the bloc into political crisis.

Warsaw and Budapest oppose tying EU funding to respect for the rule of law and their envoys vetoed any decision to proceed, EU diplomats at the Brussels meeting said.

Hungary vetoed the budget, arguing that the package must reflect a deal areached in July.

EU leaders thought they had resolved dispute over the seven-year EU budget and associated stimulus plan at a marathon four-day-and-night summit in July.

They have since also resolved differences with the European Parliament over spending priorities, and the trillion-euro budget and €750 billion stimulus package is ready for approval.

But Poland and Hungary remain implacably opposed to tying their future funding to Brussels’ judgement on whether their spending is in line with EU law.

Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki threatened a veto last week and on Monday his hardline justice minister Zbigniew Ziobro returned to the fray, claiming that Poland would oppose being subjected to "political and institutionalissed enslavement".

Senior European diplomats, however, said there was no question of the other countries agreeing to loosen the rule of law condition.

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