The European Commission officially notified Hungary on Wednesday that it had launched the so-called conditionality mechanism against the country’s government. This is the first time that the EU has taken such a step in its history.
The mechanism can be launched against states where the EU’s financial interest is directly harmed by deficiencies in the rule of law. The Commission says that sufficient evidence has accumulated over the past 10 years that Hungary qualifies to be placed in such a category.
The letter sent on Wednesday essentially is a list of Hungary’s “sins” in this area, such as abuses in the procurement process, authorities not pursuing corruption, a lack of transparency in the distribution of EU aid, and superficial monitoring of accounting practices.
“In brief, it shows that the state is cooperating in the theft of EU money,” summarizes 444.