EU crisis: Brussels chief lashes out at Poland and Hungary over Covid recovery fund veto

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Addressing his colleagues in the European Parliament on Wednesday, the leader of the PPE threatened Hungarian leader Viktor Orban of taking matters to the European Court of Justice over his claims the European coronavirus recovery fund is not in line with the Lisbon Treaty. Mr Weber also dismissed Poland’s claims the Brussels bloc is planning to interfere in domestic abortion laws. 

He blasted: “The corona and the MFF funds, we’re talking about billions of euros, this shows solidarity, we need to move forward with this and this veto from Hungary and Poland is quite simply irresponsible.

“We managed to heal the divisions that appeared in the European Council in July.

“At that time the Council wasn’t in a position to adopt an agreement.

“I’d like to thank our team because without the European Parliament we wouldn’t have this mechanism in place.

“And I want to discuss things with Hungary and Poland, because for example, this idea that Europe is trying to organise how abortion should be carried out in Poland is quite simply a lie.

“Abortion is a national competence. So let’s not hear these arguments that are simply untrue.

“And then secondly, when we hear that this proposal isn’t in line with the Lisbon Treaty as Mr Orban says, I say I see that differently.

“Let’s take it to the Court of Justice and see who is correct.

“That’s how Europe functions, not with a veto.”

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