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The European Commission has cut a further €42m from Poland’s EU funds to compensate for ECJ fines the government has refused to pay, reports Fakty RMF FM. Currently, Poland has already lost €111m in connection with the failure to comply with the judgment in the case of the Disciplinary Chamber. Read the article.

Source: Notes from Poland

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The European Committee of Justice delegation to Malta at its first meeting: NGO representatives at the EP Liaison Office in Valletta. The aim of the visit -organised upon the recommendation of the Monitoring Group on Democracy, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights (DRFMG) is to take stock of the latest developments as regards the rule of law, recent judicial reforms, safety of journalists, anti-corruption measures, and citizenship and residence by investment schemes. The delegation comprises MEP Vladimír Bilčík, MEP Franco Roberti, MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld, MEP Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield, MEP Nicolaus Fest and MEP Konstantinos Arvanitis. Read more about the event.

When: 23-25 May 2022
Where: Malta


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The path to power is to ‘have your own media’, Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary, tells Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). In Hungary, the prime minister and his allies have effective control of most media outlets in Hungary, including state TV. Read the article.

Source: The Guardian

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Why the EU is punishing Hungary and sparing Poland - Hungary and Poland have been in a dispute with the European Commission for years about the rule of law. But the rule of law mechanism has only being activated against Hungary, which could cost Budapest billions. Read the article.

Source: Die Welt

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