“We cannot support countries where press freedom, the independence of the judiciary, the rights of national and other minorities are violated, and EU money is being spent in a corrupt way,” Jobbik MP Tibor Bana stressed at the plenary meeting of COSAC in Helsinki on Monday.
The opposition party’s politician addressed the Conference of the committees of the national Parliaments of the European Union Member States dealing with the European Union affairs as well as representatives of the European Parliament.
In his intervention, Bana pointed out that “strengthening common values and the rule of law was one of the top priorities of the Finnish presidency, and one element of this would be to link the disbursement of EU funds to the rule of law in the next seven-year financial cycle”.
“This is obviously a very delicate area, but we also need to realize that, at the present, there are very few instruments available to the European Union to give its Member States a serious warning when they depart from their democratic path – as unfortunately my country’s, Hungary’s government did,”
“Neither the European Union nor any of the Member States can aim for a country to lose resources, as catching up is our common interest,”
Bana said, adding that “at the same time, we cannot support countries where press freedom, the independence of the judiciary, the rights of national and other minorities are violated, and EU money is being spent in a corrupt way”.
He urged “the Finnish presidency and the forthcoming presidencies to keep this issue on the agenda, to find ways of protecting the values of the European Union and respecting the sovereignty of the Member States at the same time, especially with regard to those countries that will join the European Union in the future”.
Source: Hungary Journal