EC says Hungary has adopted legislation which significantly strengthens independence of its judiciary

The European Commission said Hungary may start claiming reimbursements of up to around 10.2 billion euros in cohesion funding as it has adopted reforms related to judicial independence.

“The Commission considers that Hungary has taken the measures it committed to take for the Commission to consider that the horizontal enabling condition on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights is fulfilled in what concerns judicial independence,” the EC said in a statement issued in Brussels on Wednesday. “Hungary has adopted legislation which significantly strengthens the independence of the judiciary in the country,” the statement said. “This reform corresponds to the commitments taken by Hungary in its Recovery and Resilience Plan,” the EC said. “Member States must ensure the fulfilment of enabling conditions throughout the whole Cohesion Policy period,” it said. “The Commission will closely and continuously monitor, notably through audits, active engagement with stakeholders and in monitoring committees, the application of the measures put in place by Hungary,” it added. If, at any point in time, the body considers that this horizontal enabling condition is no longer fulfilled, it may again decide to block funding, the statement said.