The European Union grapples with a democracy and rule of law crisis in a growing number of Member States, notably in Hungary, Slovakia, Italy and Greece, and until recently also in Poland, threatening the very foundation of the European Union.
With illiberal and Eurosceptic governments taking power across Europe, our Group has been at the forefront of initiatives to tackle the ongoing crisis, ensure compliance with European values and assemble a broad coalition to counter autocratic tendencies.
President @vonderleyen, no more payments of frozen EU funds!
The EU budget must be protected from bullies like Orban.
In a vote tomorrow, we're pushing for the Parliament to be brave and file a motion of censure against the Commission if any more frozen money is handed out! pic.twitter.com/W6cybvo6HH
Since the beginning of the mandate, we have been instrumental in pressuring the Commission to take a stronger stance against Member States deviating from the principles laid out in the Treaties, to actively defend European values, avoiding short-term compromises for long-term stability. The rule-of-law conditionality on EU funds as proposed by our Group is a strong a leverage tool to pressure autocratizing national elites, and get a grip on the political realities of the rule of law crisis. But it's only strong if we rigorously use it and don't let in to blackmail holding EU decision making hostage.
There must be no discount on the #RuleOfLaw in Europe!
Von der Leyen is preparing to release EU funds to Hungary, frozen because of corruption, to buy Viktor Orban's budget support for Ukraine.
Besides tackling Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán and his Fidesz party, we also acting as watchdog for emerging challenges in Slovakia and Greece. Our Group is committed to addressing the rule of law crisis on a broader scale, knowing well that a collective response is crucial for maintaining the integrity of the European project. Our aim is to foster a united front within the European Parliament to counter the threats posed by illiberal tendencies in Member States and ensure their adherence to fundamental European values.