Conservative MEPs from Hungary, France and Spain have strongly criticized a report on the rule of law in Hungary which the European Parliament adopted on Thursday. According to the document, “Hungary can no longer be considered a full-fledged democracy.”
After losing the elections in Hungary for the fourth time, the Hungarian left now says that Hungary should be deprived of European funds, Kinga Gál, vice-president of Fidesz and MEP, said Wednesday in Strasbourg after the European Parliament’s plenary debate on Hungary.
Although there are constructive talks between the European Commission and the Hungarian government, “there is stigmatization, incitement and problem creation here”, she said, referring to the negotiations in progress on the selected European funds.
Fidesz MEP Tamás Deutsch told Hungarian journalists that “the failure of the sanctions policy, which exacerbated the problems caused by Russian aggression, needs to be rethought”. “A policy which, in addition to the difficulties caused by the war, contributes through sanctions to bring European economies to their knees, in the face of the difficulties which arise, cannot be continued”, he explained.
MEPs from Hungary’s ruling party, Fidesz, were joined by members of the European Conservatives and Reformists and the Identity and Democracy group. Spanish VOX MEP Jorge Buxadé said the sole objective of the left-wing majority in the EP was to topple conservative governments in Hungary.
Jean-Paul Garraud, MEP for the French National Rally (RN), said his party would continue to help Hungary. He said that the super-state, super-federalist and imperialist ambitions of the EU are directed against Hungary. He stressed that nation states should be respected, but that is not what the EU is trying to do. He said the rule of law proceedings are in fact a scandal, as Fidesz won for the fourth time.
Earlier in the day during the debate, Loránt Vincze, MEP for the Hungarian Democratic Alliance of Romania (RMDSZ/UDMR), said that the draft report’s assertion that the Orbán government is anti-Semitic and anti- Roma, and that the Hungarian nationality policy is anti-minority, is not true.
According to the European Parliament Press statement, the report adopted on Thursday, with 433 votes for, 123 against and 28 abstentions, builds on the one with which Parliament triggered the Article 7 procedure in 2018, to give an overview of the evolution of the 12 areas of Parliament’s concern. “It thus demonstrates how the values enshrined in Article 2 of the EU Treaties, including democracy and fundamental rights in the country, have further deteriorated since 2018, thanks to the deliberate and systematic efforts of the Hungarian government, and exacerbated by EU inaction,” he said. .
The vast majority of the political mainstream of the EP supported The report. Most MEPs from the European People’s Party, Fidesz’s former political family, voted yes, with the exception of nine MEPs who voted no – including French Republican François-Xavier Bellamy – and fourteen who abstained .
All or almost all MEPs from the liberal Renew, Greens/EFA, Socialists and Democrats (S&D) and radical left GUE/NGL groups backed the resolution.
Almost all of the members of the European conservative and reformist groups and of the Identity and Democracy groups voted no.
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