Parlt to vote on Sargentini report resolution this week

Lawmakers will hold a five-day session in the next two-week period of parliament’s autumn session with a resolution on the Sargentini report and last year’s central budget report included on the agenda.

Monday’s session will start at 1pm with the assembly paying tribute to two deceased lawmakers, followed by deputies addressing parliament ahead of the agenda as well as interpellations and direct questions.

On Tuesday, MPs will vote on a resolution submitted by ruling Fidesz condemning the Sargentini report. Authored by Dutch Green MEP Judith Sargentini, the report criticises the state of the rule of law in Hungary and calls for the Article 7 procedure, which ultimately suspends a member state’s voting rights, to be opened. The Fidesz resolution calls on the government to “reject blackmail against Hungary, dismiss unfounded accusations” and bring legal action against the EP vote on the report the government considers “unlawful”.

Also on Tuesday, a general debate is scheduled on a proposal to increase the staff of the Hungarian armed forces and to recognise Szeklers and Russians among ethnic groups in Hungary.

Wednesday’s session will be fully dedicated to a general debate on approving a final report on Hungary’s 2017 central budget. Lawmakers on Thursday will evaluate the implementation of the central bank and national media authority’s (NMHH) 2017 budget.

The five-day session will be concluded on Oct. 24 with interpellations and direct questions.

Source and photo: MTI

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