|The European Commission|
The European Commission was due to agree at a regular meeting on Tuesday to send the so-called letters of formal notice to Warsaw and Budapest, three diplomats and EU officials said. Two other said Prague was also on the list.
Such letters mark the first step in the so-called infringement procedures that the Commission can open against EU states for failing to meet their legal obligations. The legal procedures mark a sharp political escalation of a dispute between the Commission and EU states.