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

Orban: Unity in diversity

“If we want to keep the European Union together, liberals must respect the rights of non-liberals,” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban writes in his 11th “Samisdat”. Here is the full text of the article, which was published on his website. At the last European Council meeting, the rainbow-flagged prime ministers paraded in a phalanx. They wanted to clarify matters: Does the unity of values still … Continue reading Orban: Unity in diversity

„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”

Szijjarto: Article 7 procedure is political blackmail

The procedure launched against Hungary under Article 7 of the EU Treaty has nothing to do with facts; it is rather meant to be applied as a means of political blackmail, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjarto said in a meeting of his European Union counterparts in Luxembourg. Szijjarto spoke before the hearings the EU General Affairs Council is set to hold on Tuesday, as part of … Continue reading Szijjarto: Article 7 procedure is political blackmail

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

Varga holds talks with Reynders

Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga attended the meeting of the General Affairs Council in Brussels on Tuesday and held a bilateral meeting with Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders. According to Varga’s Facebook post, topics such as the EU vaccination process and the issue of overhead reduction have been raised at the meeting. „The Hungarian government insists on the fact that vaccination can’t be a political … Continue reading Varga holds talks with Reynders

Fidesz critical of rule-of-law report liaison

Ruling Fidesz MEPs have sent a letter of protest to the European Commission arguing that the appointed liaison of the delegation preparing this year’s rule-of-law report on Hungary, was “an out-and-out left-wing political activist”. Fidesz EP group leader Tamas Deutsch noted that the EC had promised an “unbiased” 2020 rule-of-law report. He accused the EC of instead having produced “a political pamphlet” echoing the European … Continue reading Fidesz critical of rule-of-law report liaison

Hungary to veto EU budget and recovery fund

Prime Minister Viktor Orban informed German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and President of the European Council Charles Michel in a message that the Hungarian government will veto the legislation related to the seven-year EU budget and the recovery fund, – Bertalan Havasi, the Prime Minister’s press chief informed the Hungarian news agency MTI on Monday afternoon. “I … Continue reading Hungary to veto EU budget and recovery fund

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”