The EuroCommission Firmly Pointed Out the Shortcomings in Democracy to Poland and Hungary
The European Commission has published its annual rule of law report, criticizing Poland and Hungary for the democratic deficiencies resulting from the actions of their governments.
This information was reported by AP.
The report acknowledges slight improvements in the situation in Poland and Hungary but also emphasizes the existing flaws. Poland is mentioned in connection with judicial reforms, particularly the independence of judges and the procedure for appointing multiple Supreme Court judges. Additionally, the European Commission criticizes Poland for investigations concerning judges related to their judicial decisions.
The recently passed law on investigating Russian influence raises "serious concerns that it could be used to influence the ability of individuals to hold public office," according to the European Commission.
Among the twelve recommendations provided by the EU's executive body to Poland last year, half of them, ranging from judicial independence to freedom of the media and anti-corruption measures, have shown "no progress."
The report is less critical of Hungary, noting certain legislative reforms and the application of some checks and balances within the judicial system. However, corruption remains a problem. The commission wrote, "The lack of results in the investigation of corruption allegations against high-ranking officials and their close circles remains a serious issue."
Budapest was also criticized for obstructing press independence, with the report stating that the government has done nothing to address the various challenges to media pluralism.
In the EU's fourth annual rule of law report covering 27 member states, progress in implementing around two-thirds of the recommendations is noted. However, it points out that some member states still face systemic problems that raise concerns.
Recently, Poland and Hungary expressed opposition to the adoption of a new European Union migration pact, objecting to the fact that the agreement was supported by a qualified majority (at least 15 member states representing 65% of the EU population) rather than unanimously, which would have allowed the use of the veto right.
Earlier, The Gaze reported that Hungary intends to appeal to the European Union to request a one-year extension of the exemption from sanctions against Russia. This exemption allows the Slovnaft oil refinery to export products processed from Russian oil.