Nov. 16 (UPI) — Hungary and Poland have rejected the European Union’s $2.1 trillion seven-year funds and coronavirus restoration plan, placing the bloc’s huge plan to rebuild the continent’s battered economic system in jeopardy.

Varied state members had been working for months to succeed in a deal and avert the delay in approving the funds because the coronavirus makes a second spike. Some balked at plans to tie funds to establishing democratic norms with new “rule of regulation” measures.

Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban bristled at what he believed was an overreach by the European Union in its inner affairs. In a letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, the President of the European Council, Orban stated Hungary would vote towards the funds.

Hungary stated in a press release it shared EU’s values and dedication to the rule of regulation “however it needs to be left to the Hungarian individuals to resolve whether or not these laws are adhered to and carried out accurately, as they’re pretty much as good judges of the problem as to every other European individuals.”

Hungary and Poland had been dealing with EU sanctions for alleged makes an attempt by their governments to undermine the independence of their judges.

“The resistance of Orban and the Polish authorities is irresponsible,” European Parliament member Rasmus Andersen from Germany stated. “Orban is afraid that the brand new rule of regulation mechanism will hurt his autocratic regime. He’s attempting to take Europe and COVID hostage for his failed insurance policies. Hungary and Poland danger plunging the EU right into a deep disaster.”