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Yax

Ancient Mariner
For this they would need a unanimous vote by all members minus the one that is to be punished. And Hungary is expected to veto, so there will be no unanimous vote.


Edit: Never mind.
 
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Perun

Περούν Παντοκράτωρ
Staff member
I read this https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.eu...watch-live-meps-debate-eu-poland-legal-crisis:

"All eyes are now on the new budgetary mechanism, which could freeze payments for Poland, the largest recipient of EU funds. The scheme, applicable since January, is based on a complex procedure and exchange of notifications between Brussels and the government suspected of breaching EU law. It could take up to nine months for the European Council to approve the final suspension."

Where do we read that we need an unanymous vote?

Right, I didn't even take that option into account because, as the article writes, there is no interest in the commission to employ it. And I mixed up the funding aspect with the implementation of article 7 of the EU treaties, which is the one that requires unanimous vote. Sorry about that, I didn't get much sleep lately.

Nevertheless, my point remains that nothing will happen: The commission won't freeze funding and the council won't implement article 7. I don't like it, but I'm not having any hopes.
 

Forostar

Ancient Mariner
No prob. It seems all complex.. it will take long and before that we can only hope any (be it new or not) sensible measures can be taken.
 

Zare

Uniformly distributed hostility
What's happening in Austria? I understand that the only way to implement 'stay at home' for a democratic goverment is to basically ban access to public space.
 

Brigantium

General of the Dark Army
Staff member
Police stop and question anyone out and about? It happened here in April 2020 and Jan 2021, but mostly on the roads and in city centres. People who were driving in and out of towns were stopped and asked for proof they were essential workers. Our neighbour got stopped with his van full of subcontracted staff trying to head down to Southampton.
 

GhostofCain

Ancient Mariner
Police stop and question anyone out and about? It happened here in April 2020 and Jan 2021, but mostly on the roads and in city centres. People who were driving in and out of towns were stopped and asked for proof they were essential workers. Our neighbour got stopped with his van full of subcontracted staff trying to head down to Southampton.

Not as bad as what was happening in Spain during the first lockdown. I have relatives who were stopped by the police whilst walking their dog as there was a very limited area around your house you were allowed to walk to. Children were not even allowed to leave their homes!
 

Brigantium

General of the Dark Army
Staff member
It's fair to point out that the neighbour didn't have a legitimate reason for travel. He and his buddies were touting for business out of area and shouldn't have been travelling. They were probably trying to cash in on other workers sticking to the lockdown rules.
 

GhostofCain

Ancient Mariner
It's fair to point out that the neighbour didn't have a legitimate reason for travel. He and his buddies were touting for business out of area and shouldn't have been travelling. They were probably trying to cash in on other workers sticking to the lockdown rules.

Then good on the police for stopping them.
 
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