EU court told to dismiss Polish, Hungarian cash-for-democracy challenge
The European Union’s top court should dismiss a challenge by Poland and Hungary to a new tool aimed at cutting cash payments to member states violating the bloc’s rules on democracy, according to a legal opinion released on Thursday. While the advocate general’s opinion is not binding for the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice (ECJ) — which is the EU’s top court — the tribunal usually follows it when delivering its final ruling. The opinion said the new policing mechanism does not overstep EU competencies laid out in the bloc’s treaties as had been argued by Warsaw and Budapest.
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