Hungary supports Poland

“By its decision on Tuesday, the European Commission launched a brutal attack on Poland, interfering in the judicial and legislative process of a sovereign Member State in an unprecedented way. The procedure is not only outrageous but also completely unacceptable,” Hungary’s Justice Minister Judit Varga stressed in her Facebook post on Wednesday evening. According to Varga, “Warsaw has indicated to the Commission in good faith … Continue reading Hungary supports Poland

Varga slams rule of law report

Hungary’s justice minister has slammed the European Commission’s latest rule of law report, calling it a tool used to blackmail the country over its child protection law. “We are not surprised: the latest report of the European Commission focuses on the Hungarian Law on Child Protection,” Judit Varga said in an English-language post on Facebook. “According to them, in Hungary right now, there is no … Continue reading Varga slams rule of law report

Commission launches infringement procedures

The European Commission is launching infringement procedures against Hungary „related to the equality and the protection of fundamental rights,” the Commission announced on Wednesday. On Hungary, the cases include the recently adopted law, which in particular prohibits or limits access to content that promotes or portrays the so-called ‘divergence from self-identity corresponding to sex at birth, sex change or homosexuality’ for individuals under 18; and … Continue reading Commission launches infringement procedures

„EU hostage to ideological debates”

The European Union has become hostage to ideological debates, Hungary’s justice minister said. Judit Varga said on Facebook in an English-language post that on the agenda of a General Affairs Council meeting, “the last point is once again Europe’s sick, tired political stick, aka the Article 7 procedure”. “The series of blackmailing with the rule of law could not be more relevant now, at the … Continue reading „EU hostage to ideological debates”

Varga slams CJEU ruling

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) dismissed Hungary’s action against the European Parliament resolution triggering the procedure for determining the existence of a clear risk of a serious breach, by a member state, of the values on which the European Union is founded (the Article 7 procedure). On 12 September 2018, the European Parliament adopted Judith Sargentini’s report which called on the Council of the … Continue reading Varga slams CJEU ruling

Hungary starts CoE presidency

The Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, which Hungary officially took over for six months on Friday, comes with “serious responsibility” and also “a special opportunity”, Justice Minister Judit Varga said. In an English-language Facebook post, Varga said that the responsibilities that came with the presidency, which include coordinating the standpoints of 47 member states and consulting continuously with their … Continue reading Hungary starts CoE presidency

Varga slams the “champions of transparency”

Hungary proposed at the General Affairs Council on Tuesday that the Council should discuss the European Commission’s rule of law report in public, but only Poland supported the idea. Justice Minister Judit Varga, who represented Hungary at the meeting, informed in a Facebook post about the remarks she made. According to Varga, the report should not serve as a basis for rule of law debates. … Continue reading Varga slams the “champions of transparency”

ECJ: Lex CEU breaches EU law

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Tuesday that Hungary’s law on higher education, dubbed “lex CEU” breaches EU law. Hungary’s parliament amended the country’s law on higher education in 2017, obliging foreign universities that issue their own degrees in Hungary to carry out educational activities in their home countries, while also making their operations dependent on a bilateral agreement between the Hungarian government … Continue reading ECJ: Lex CEU breaches EU law