Orban attends the EP’s Hungary debate

Prime Minister Viktor Orban will attend the European Parliament’s plenary session on September 11, when the EP is scheduled to discuss the civil liberties committee’s report on the rule of law in Hungary, daily Magyar Idok said on Friday.

The EP is scheduled to vote on the report on the next day, the paper said.

In spring 2017, the EP’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) was asked to prepare a report on Hungary with a view to holding an EP vote on launching the first steps of Article 7, which suspends voting rights. In the report, rapporteur and Green MEP Judith Sargentini said there was a “clear risk of a serious breach by Hungary of the values of the European Union”, which she said warranted launching the Article 7 procedure. The report warned of a curbing of freedom rights in Hungary. The committee adopted the report this June, with 37 votes in favour and 19 against. A letter sent to MEPs explaining the Hungarian government’s stance on the report has had no effect, the paper said.

Orban has said that the report could be considered a “Soros report”, aimed at pressuring Hungary to change its standpoint on the issue of migration, “but that will not happen”. Since its drafting, the mandatory quota system “has been taken off the agenda”, with a growing number of countries backing Hungary’s view, he said.

The prime minister has a busy schedule this month: he attends the World Nomadic Games in Kyrgyzstan this weekend and meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on September 18. According to latest statement of his press chief, Orban will host Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong for talks on September 8. Bertalan Havasi noted that the General Secretary will be reciprocating Orban’s visit to Vietnam last September. At the press conference held after his talks in Hanoi, the prime minister said the Hungarian government wanted the two countries to develop a special relationship. Orban said the reason why Hungary had chosen Vietnam as its strategic partner in Southeast Asia was because bilateral diplomatic cooperation has been good for a long time and that there are some 3,000 Vietnamese citizens who have graduated from Hungarian universities. He also praised Hungary’s hardworking Vietnamese community. The Hungarian prime minister also cited strategic analysts saying that Vietnam is to become one of the fastest-developing countries in the next thirty years.

Source and photo: MTI

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