EU rule of law action against Hungary, Poland to continue: Germany

FILE PHOTO: Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office Michael Roth gives a statement for the media, prior to a video conference of the European Union's General Affairs Council, at the foreign ministry in Berlin, Germany June 16, 2020. Markus Schreiber/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The EU procedure over breaches of the rule of law in Hungary and Poland will continue after the EU executive showed neither had made sufficient improvements, the German presidency of the European Union said on Tuesday.

“Today, based on extensive reports from the Commission on the situation in Hungary and in Poland, we have established that the conditions to end the Article 7 procedure are not present and the Article 7 procedure will be continued,” Germany’s Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth told reporters following a meeting with his EU counterparts in Brussels.

Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop and Jan Strupczewski; editing by Foo Yun Chee