On 4 March 2021, German Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Moritz Körner of the Renew Europe Group, posed a written parliamentary question to the European Commission:
“1. What infringement procedures are ongoing against Hungary and Poland, and what stage has been reached in them?
2. In which of these procedures has the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) already issued a ruling?
3. Has the Commission imposed fines in connection with any of the procedures in which the CJEU has already issued a ruling?”
On 5 May 2021, President von der Leyen, responded on behalf of the European Commission stating:
“1. To provide the most up-to-date information, the Honourable Member is invited to consult the database on infringement cases that is available on the Europa website. This database is updated in real time and provides an overview of infringements in relation to all Member States.
2. In respect of the proceedings under way on 20 April 2021, the Court of Justice of the EU has issued a ruling in six cases in relation to Hungary and six cases in relation to Poland.
3. Fines for failure to comply with EU law are imposed by the Court of Justice of the EU upon a proposal from the Commission. The Commission itself does not impose fines. Until now, none of the infringement cases against Hungary and Poland has led to financial sanctions being imposed.”
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