MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Strengthening the rule of law through confidence-building measures
The European Parliament’s lack of confidence in the Hungarian rule of law is one of the main obstacles to the rapid adoption of the Multiannual Financial Framework and the EU’s reconstruction instrument. With a view to the Council of EU Justice and Interior Ministers on Thursday, the deputy chairwoman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, Katja Leikert, explains:
“The European Public Prosecutor’s Office is expected to start work at the end of 2020. Your job will be to prosecute violations of the EU budget. It complements the tried and tested work of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) with a criminal law component. This closes a gap in the enforcement of the EU’s financial interests and strengthens the rule of law as a whole. Ultimately, this also protects German taxpayers from fraud, corruption and embezzlement.
The Union parliamentary group welcomes the significant increase in funding for the public prosecutor’s office for 2021 initiated by the German Council Presidency.
But not all EU member states are part of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office. Only 22 have so far been able to decide to participate. In particular, we regret that Hungary and Poland have so far stayed away from the institution. Hungary complains that they are distrustful of the use of EU funds. If Hungary sees it that way, it must create trust in its institutions and its rule of law. Hungary must make it clear what steps it is taking to ensure the correct use of EU funds. The European Public Prosecutor’s Office, which Hungary should join immediately, was created for precisely such cases.
It is also clear that the German compromise on conditionalization of EU funds will only find a majority in the European Parliament through confidence-building measures. So far there has been too much rhetoric and not enough action from the Hungarian side. “
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