The head of the EC has said that Poland and Hungary should take their objections against making access to EU funding conditional on the rule of law to court, and stop blocking the EU budget and its vital Covid support package.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen urged Poland and Hungary to refrain from blocking the new EU budget proposals on Wednesday, advising that the two nations take their protest to the European Court of Justice.

Speaking to the European Parliament, von der Leyen stressed that the proposed budget included financial relief for nations suffering economically as a result of Covid-19, and said it was vitally important that the financial support package is available to them as soon as possible.

Poland and Hungary blocked the proposed budget last week as both nations, along with Slovenia, object to new conditions in the proposal which would restrict EU funds for member states that fail to maintain the rule of law in their own countries.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban claimed the move gives the EU the power to arbitrarily punish nations over subjective criteria. (RT)