Slovenian PM backs Hungary and Poland in row over making EU funding conditional on the rule of law

18 Nov, 2020 by

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa meets EU Council President Charles Michel in Brussels, Belgium (FILE PHOTO) © REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/Pool

The Prime Minister of Slovenia has written to European Union leaders to voice his objections to draft proposals that would allow Brussels to cut funding to member states considered a threat to the rule of law in their country.

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša sent a letter to European leaders on Tuesday in which he announced his opposition to plans that would make access to funding conditional in the next EU budget. 

The budget, which runs from 2021 to 2027, was vetoed on Monday by Hungary and Poland, plunging the 27-nation bloc into a political crisis. 

Janša called for a return to the agreement made at the EU summit in July, which was subsequently amended by the rule-of-law criteria. 

Last week, Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban also compared the EU’s draft proposal to an approach that might have been taken by the Soviet Union, and slammed the EU’s attempt to punish its member states for not adhering to its own politically motivated criteria. 

As a result of the veto by Hungary and Poland, as well as Slovenia’s open opposition, the contents of the next EU budget remain in doubt. In its current state, it includes a total package of €1.8 trillion of funding, which will be the largest ever financed through the EU budget as Europe looks to rebuild after the Covid-19 crisis.