Press conference: EU Court ruling on challenge to Rule of Law conditionality 

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The EP negotiating team will hold a press conference on the European Court of Justice ruling on Hungary and Poland’s request to annul the Rule of Law conditionality regulation.

When: Wednesday 16 February at 11.30
Where: Daphne Caruana Galizia Press room (EP Strasbourg premises) and via Interactio


Petri Sarvamaa (EPP, FI) , co-rapporteur

Eider Gardiazabal Rubial (S&D, ES), co-rapporteur

Katalin Cseh (Renew, HU), shadow rapporteur

Daniel Freund (Greens/EFA, DE), shadow rapporteur

Interpretation will be available in English, French, German, Spanish, Hungarian and Polish.

Journalists wishing to actively participate and ask questions, please connect via Interactio by using this:
You can follow it live from 11.30 via EP Multimedia center and on EbS Live.

The plenary debate

The press conference takes place ahead of the plenary debate with Budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn Wednesday at around 16.00.


The budget conditionality regulation aims to protect EU funds from being misused by national governments that breach the rule of law. The regulation entered into force on 1 January 2021. Until now, the Commission has not applied it.

On 11 March 2021, Poland and Hungary challenged the regulation in the EU Court of Justice. On 2 December 2021, the Advocate-General issued an opinion stating that actions by Hungary and Poland against the rules on conditionality, which protect the European Union’s budget, should be dismissed by the Court.

Practical information for journalists

Accredited journalists wishing to attend the meeting can do so, on condition of respect for social distancing (1.5m). As of 3 November, all people entering Parliament’s buildings are requested to present a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate, including journalists. The EU Digital COVID Certificate proves that a person is either fully vaccinated, has immunity after having recovered from COVID-19 or can show a recent negative PCR test result. Both digital and paper formats of the EU Digital COVID Certificate or of a recognised equivalent certificate will be accepted.

Proof of a negative result of a PCR test carried out within the last 48 hours in Belgium, Luxembourg or France will also be accepted. Please note that the existing precautionary measures, including the compulsory wearing of a medical face mask and temperature checks at entrances, remain in place.

Information for the media - Use Interactio to ask questions

Interactio is only supported on iPad (with the Safari browser) and Mac/Windows (with the Google Chrome browser).

When connecting, enter your name and the media you are representing in the first name / last name fields.

For better sound quality, use headphones and a microphone. Interpretation is only possible for interventions with video.

Journalists who have never used Interactio before are asked to connect 30 minutes before the start of the press conference to perform a connection test. IT assistance can be provided if necessary.

For more details, check the connection guidelines and recommendations for remote speakers

Who's involved 
The Rule of Law and the consequences of the ECJ ruling