Democratic Norms ‘Function Well’ in Hungary, Fidesz MEP says ahead of Article 7 Debate
MTI-Hungary Today 2020.01.15.
Fidesz MEP Tamás Deutsch, speaking ahead of a debate in the European Parliament on the Article 7 procedure against Hungary, insisted that democratic norms in the country functioned well and “there’s no problem with the rule of law”.
Deutsch told a joint press conference held with two other Fidesz MEPs that the debate marked “the next phase” in the Hungarian opposition’s political activities directed against their own country.
Hungary, he said, had no bigger rule-of-law problems than any other EU member state.
Deutsch complained that Hungarian opposition MEPs were focusing their political activities on “doing as much harm as possible to their own country”.
Legal services of EU institutions have established that this is not possible, she said, adding that the EP would want to adopt a resolution after Wednesday’s debate that was in conflict with the provisions in basic treaties.
Győri also expressed concern about the EP’s move aiming to include issues in the Article 7 procedure “scrutinising” the state of the rule of law in Hungary that the 2018 resolution had not covered.
“This would not stand in any legal proceeding,” she said.
Győri called it “extremely serious” and said it went against every EU law for an institution that had initiated a scrutiny of the rule of law to make unlawful proposals.