Budgetary Sanctions as a Mechanism to Protect the Rule of Law in the EU

Author
Marta Makowska, Melchior Szczepanik
Content Type
Special Report
Institution
The Polish Institute of International Affairs
Abstract
In the draft multiannual financial framework (MFF) 2021-2027, the European Commission (EC) proposed a political conditionality mechanism through which EU funds could be suspended for countries violating the rule of law. If implemented, it would grant the EC new powers to control the condition of the rule of law in Member States, but it is based on imprecise criteria. Even though the EC has declared that the mechanism is designed to discipline state institutions responsible for breaches, it could be damaging mainly to the final beneficiaries of the funds.
Topic
Sanctions, Budget, European Union, Rule of Law
Political Geography
Europe