The Fee President has been graced with an additional 4 months of time to keep away from authorized actions by European Parliament members. MEPs had initially given Ms von der Leyen a June 1 deadline to behave, threatening to take the Fee chief to courtroom.
They then requested Parliament President David Sassoli to set off Article 265 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).
The protocol would see the Fee taken to courtroom for failing to take motion towards “the rising threat of misusing the Union’s finances as means to deteriorate the Rule of Regulation in some Member States.”
In a notice to President Sassoli, they mentioned they “remorse” the Fee not taking motion “in the obvious circumstances of the breaches of the Rule of Regulation within the EU”.
They added: “To be ready, the EP shall within the meantime instantly begin the required preparations for potential courtroom proceedings underneath Article 265 of TFEU towards the Fee.”
However on Thursday, they determined to present the Fee an additional 4 months to behave.
The vote, authorized by 505 MEPs, got here after European Parliament vice-President Katarina Barley scolded the Fee over its inaction towards Hungary and Poland.
Brussels has been locked in an ongoing dispute with the 2 international locations over controversial authorized reforms, which the EU claims endanger judicial independence.
The bloc has consequently launched proceedings in accordance with Article 7 of the EU’s structure, which may theoretically see each side lose their European Council voting rights until they again down.
“They’ll punish judges and public prosecutors and even dismiss them. The European Court docket of Justice already dominated in April 2019 that these chambers are usually not allowed to ‘self-discipline’. However regardless of sturdy strain from Parliament, the Fee initially did nothing for a very long time.
“And once they did react lately, it consisted of a brand new letter to the Polish authorities requesting an announcement.
“There was not even a risk of economic sanctions, which might have been potential with out additional ado.”
She continued: “In different phrases, we can not belief that the Fee will act and care when it says it’s going to.
“We now need to stop that it’s going to take eternally earlier than one thing will occur once more. The Fee says that ‘no case is misplaced’.
“But when we glance once more on the instance of Poland: judges and public prosecutors are harassed – a few of them are transferred to the opposite finish of the nation or elements of their salaries are reduce; they are going to be taken to courtroom.
“That is occurring now. And that can’t be healed afterwards.”