The bloc's Advocate General, Michal Bobek, said on Thursday that the ECJ should dismiss "as unfounded" Hungary's bid to discredit the EU Parliament's vote that called on the bloc to trigger disciplinary proceedings against Budapest.
Between governance mechanisms, assessment criteria, anti-corruption provisions, and basic rule of law principles, the fight to get the EU's Recovery Fund over the line is shaping up to be only half the battle.
Top MEP and former Belgian Prime Minister, Guy Verhofstadt, told Euronews that the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, must take responsibility for Hungary's position at the top of the EU's anti-fraud agency's corruption list.
Since the populist party, Law and Justice, won power in 2015, it has taken control of almost all state institutions, except the Human Rights Commissioner's office but that could soon change.
In an open letter to the European Parliament, law professors express their concern about the way recent appointments to the EPPO were carried out by the European Council.
"This won't be easy, as there are different interpretations on the table, but I'm totally convinced that we'll find a solution," European Council President Charles Michel told Euronews.