Slovenia Backs Poland and Hungary in Rule of Law Dispute With EU On Wednesday, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa offered his support to Poland and Hungary after the two countries vetoed the EU budget due to plans to tie funding to respect for the rule-of-law principle. “Some political groups… are openly threatening to use the instrument wrongly called ‘rule of law’ in order to discipline the individual EU member states through a majority vote,” Jansa wrote in a letter to EU Council President Charles Michel published in local media. In what is widely seen as an attempt by the EU to target conservative-nationalist governments in Europe, rule of law sanction mechanisms could be used to force policy changes in Hungary and Poland on issues like multiculturalism, traditional values, and migration by threatening to withhold EU funds.